Mark your calendar now for
next year's festival —
June 9, 10, and 11, 2017
Welcome to the
Tremont Turkey Festival
This year we are celebrating our volunteers, our hometown heros. Volunteers come in many forms -- little league coaches, scout leaders, firefighters and EMTs, school board members, park board members, the list goes on and on -- and they all share their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.
We want to thank all of the people who step forward and help shape our community, especially the hundreds of volunteers who work together each year to bring you a weekend of family-friendly fun and great food at the Tremont Turkey Festival.
Food is a big part of our festival. From strawberry shortcakes, to pancakes and sausage on Saturday morning, to our famous grilled turkey, we have plenty of options to offer and you might just want to try them all.
Enjoy the beautiful park as you stroll through the craft and antique booths, stop by the country store, or watch the numerous performers in the entertainment tent. From the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night to the parade on Sunday afternoon, there is something here to entertain all ages. View our Schedule for a complete listing of events.
Come out and enjoy the hard work of some of our hometown heroes – join us for the celebration at the Tremont Turkey Festival.
The Turkey Festival Needs You!
Looking for a way you can help out at the festival? Consider volunteering to work in the food line on Friday, June 10. We are often short on volunteers on Friday so we would love to have you help out on that day. Feel free to bring your family and friends along too! Simply email us and let us know when you are willing and available to help.
If the food line is not your thing, we have plenty of other places where you can help. Contact the festival chairpeople Brian and Diana Patterson for more information.
Thanks in advance for your time and enthusiasm.
Sandwiches on Sunday
When you come to the festival on Sunday, don't wait until after the parade to purchase your turkey sandwiches. We often run out of turkey sometime during the parade and, if we do, people who come to the food line after the parade end up disappointed because they have to go home empty-handed. Don't be one of them — remember to get your sandwiches before the parade.
No Dogs Allowed
The Tremont Park District ordinances prohibit dogs in the park, so unfortunately you will need to leave Fido at home.
Due to popular demand and an overwhelming response, the trivia contest will return this year as we celebrate 51 years of family fun. Details...
Servant Leadership Award
In memory of one of our hometown heroes, Jeff Muehlich, Turkey Festival General Chairpersons Brian and Diana Patterson are establishing the Jeff Muehlich Servant Leadership Award. Details...
Calling All Bakers
New this year, the festival will be holding a strawberry bake-off contest on Saturday. Details...
The Early Bird Gets...Turkey
Our goal is to try to have turkey available until at least 7 or 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, and at least until close to the start of the parade on Sunday, but sometimes the crowds are huge and the turkey sells faster than we expected. We hate disappointing anyone, but the bright side of this is when it happens, it means a lot of people came thru the food lines before you and our sales were fantastic, which means we raised a lot of money for the community. Our best advice eat early. We dont want you to go away hungry.
Park and Ride
Finding a parking space is easy if you take advantage of our free shuttle bus service. Simply head to the high school (on the West edge of town), park in their lot, and ride the shuttle to the park.
Shuttles run every few minutes during the following times:
||4 - 10 PM
||9 AM - 10 PM
||9 AM - 6 PM
Map of Shuttle Route
Change in Traffic
(Click to enlarge)
| Again this year, Sampson Street will be closed between Route 9 and Tazewell Streets for the duration of the festival.
Please use N. Locust Street or N. West Street to access the park or, even better, take advantage of our Park and Ride service.
Tremont Food Pantry - Pack the Truck
The Tremont Food Pantry will again be hosting a Pack the Truck event at this year's festival. Please bring your nonperishable food item donations to the Tremont Food Pantry pickup truck parked near the Turkey Express at the Tremont High School on Route 9. The Tremont Food Pantry truck will be available during the following times:
Friday, June 10: 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, June 11: 11 AM - 6 PM
Suggested items for donation include box meals, canned soup, canned pasta, paper products (such as paper towels and toilet paper), and diapers. Monetary donations will also be happily accepted.
Thank you in advance for your donations.