Pekin marigold festival
2020 Pekin Marigold Festival
The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival Committee is pleased to announce that while the traditional Marigold Festival is not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer ‘A Taste of Marigold’. Select events will be held during the previously scheduled Marigold Festival weekend - always the weekend after Labor Day - on September 11-13, 2020.
The health and safety of the community, our volunteers and our guests is our first priority. We continue to plan events which can be held safely and allow for social distancing. Masks will be required for volunteers and vendors and recommended for guests. Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be made readily available.
The first Marigold Festival was held in 1973 to honor Pekin’s favorite son, Everett McKinley Dirksen. Dirksen continues to be honored each year at the festival. This year, we will continue this tradition virtually. The Dirksen Congressional Center will host an online video, while encouraging families to visit the Dirksen statue located in Mineral Springs Park.