2013 Pekin Marigold Festival – May the Marigolds Be With You!

 Written by: Adam Gierhart

Pekin Marigold Festival

Starting in 1973 as a tribute to, “Pekin’s favorite son, Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen,” (Pekin Chamber of Commerce website) the Pekin Marigold Festival has blossomed over the years and, now in its 40th year the festival is the best it’s ever been!

Learn more about the inception of the festival, HERE.

The 2013 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8 and this year’s theme, “May the Marigolds Be With You!” references the Star Wars franchise, tying in with a couple of the special guests making an appearance this year!

“…Learn more you will, if on you read!”


This year’s Marigold Festival features a great lineup of entertainment on the Ameren Marigold Festival Showcase Stage!Pekin Marigold Festival Entertainment

The live entertainment kicks off Saturday, September 7 with Julie K, The Prairie Star Fiddlers, Brazilionaires and New Blood Gospel Bluegrass Band and continues on Sunday, September 8 with Loose Shoes, the august, and the Dragon Spotlight Talent Show Winners.

Click HERE to see the entire lineup and more information about the performers.

Marigold Parade

The Marigold Parade is taking place on Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. and begins on Broadway – Click HERE for the complete parade route.


The Carnival will be running throughout the entire festival:

       – Thursday, September 5: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
       – Friday, September 6: 5 – 11 p.m.
       – Saturday, September 7: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
       – Sunday, September 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Click HERE for Carnival pricing and details on Bracelet Night (Thursday, September 5)!

Special Guests


The 2013 Pekin Marigold Festival’s Star Wars-based theme, “May the Marigolds Be With You!” is fitting due to the lineup of two special guests.

Tom Kane, the voice of Yoda and Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attach of the Clones, will be making appearances for autograph sessions on Saturday, September 7 from 1- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m.Boba Fett

How often do you get the opportunity to talk to Yoda?! Often not you do!

Learn more about Tom and Daniel, HERE.

And Even More!

And if all this isn’t enough to get you over to Pekin for the Marigold Festival, maybe this will help convince you…

Miss Marigold Pageant

2013 Miss Marigold Pageant Contestan

On top of all the great entertainment I’ve already discussed, the 2013 Pekin Marigold Festival also features:

       – Friday Night Family Fest
       – Art in the Park
       – Festive Food Court
       – Marigold Bags Tournament
       – Marigold Medallion Hunt
       – Miss Marigold Pageant
       – Robert K. Bresnahan Memorial
         Car & Motorcycle Show
       – Sand Volleyball Tournament

So get over to Pekin, September 5-8, for the Star Wars-themed 2013 Pekin Marigold Festival!

Dress like Yoda. Dress like Boba Fett. Dress like Anakin Skywalker. Dress like C3PO. Dress like R2D2. Dress like a Marigold. Dress like a normal person.

Just make sure you mark September 5-8 on your calendars for the 40th annual Pekin Marigold Festival!

May the Marigolds Be With You!


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