Mark your calendar now for
Turkey Festival 2016 —
June 10, 11 and 12!
Welcome to the
Tremont Turkey Festival
Fifty years. It's hard to believe.
When the first Turkey Festival was held back in 1966, few people probably imagined the festival would still be going strong fifty years later, but here we are. It is our pleasure to invite you back to join us for another year of family-friendly fun and great food as we celebrate the fantastic community of Tremont.
Food is an important part of any celebration and we have no shortage in that area. 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.
Do what thousands of other people have done over the last half century – join us for an enjoyable weekend 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 12. 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 Mark and Melissa Zaayenga 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.
Celebrating 50 Years
As part of the special celebration this year, fireworks are returning to the festival and this time they will be held at the park. Starting at around 9 PM on Saturday, the sky over the park will be filled with color.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Tremont Turkey Festival, we will be having a trivia contest! The trivia contest will replace the medallion hunt this year as we celebrate 50 years of family fun. Details...
Look back over the years of the festival by purchasing a copy of the Tremont Turkey Festival 50th Anniversary book. From the first festival held in September of 1966 all the way thru today, this book covers it all. The books are available at Tremont First National Bank and Tremont Community Bank and will also be available in the country store during the festival.
No Dogs Allowed
The Tremont Park District ordinances prohibit dogs in the park, so unfortunately you will need to leave Fido at home.
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:
||5 - 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 12: 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, June 13: 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.