Miss Tremont Pageant

The 52nd Annual Tremont Turkey Festival will kick off with the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Four talented young women will compete for this year’s crown. Miss Tremont 2016, Emily Gasser, will open the evening and welcome the crowd. She will end this exciting evening by crowning our new Miss Tremont 2017. The pageant will begin at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:15. It is held at the Tremont High School in the North Gym. Cost of admission is $5 per person with special pricing at the door for families.

The contestants begin their day with the Judge’s Tea & Interview Session where the judges will have a chance to meet them all for the first time. The pageant opening will feature a dance number including each contestant and a special little girl from the community. During the evening the contestants will compete in the areas of Casual Wear, Talent, and Evening Gown.

The adorable little ladies performing with the contestants during the opening number are Emma Reynolds, daughter of Jeff Reynolds and Holly Anderson; Ella Pierce, daughter of Dustin & Heather Pierce; Alaina Elston, daughter of Audrey & Brian Elston; and Hazel Stuber, daughter of Jakob & Dana Stuber.

Master of Ceremonies will be Jeremy Garrett, Tremont Middle School Principal. The evening will also feature the 2017 Festival Chairmen, Wes and Nicole Edwards, who will also recognize Jim and Chris Workman as the 2017 Grand Marshalls.

The Pageant Crown Bearer will be Jack Oyer, son of Matt and Shanna Oyer.

The results are in...congratulations to
- Miss Tremont 2017 Allie Ramlo

First Runner-up was Stephanie Williams. Second Runner-up was Emily Lane. Third Runner-up was Lorena Falcon. Allie Ramlo was also the winner of the Talent portion of the competition.

Country Store

Cool off with a refreshing lemonade shake-up or relax with an ice cream bar and some hot, buttery popcorn. No one leaves the Country Store hungry!

If you need something to snack on later or take home, check out the Bake Shop for those delicious treats you never have time to bake. Don't forget to browse through the library's used books for sale, get a temporary tattoo for the kids, and pick up your Turkey Festival t-shirt or other festival souvenirs at the t-shirt booth.


Craft Show

Crafters from all over will be displaying their wares throughout the festival weekend. Located around the outside of the baseball field, each booth offers something different than the last. Better visit them all so you don't miss anything.



Children of all ages love the rides and games of the carnival. Thursday night is Buddy Night — kids ride two for the price of one!

Buy your tickets in advance at the following locations in Tremont:

  • Beecham's Grocery
  • State Farm - Jason Garey
  • Tremont First National Bank
  • Tremont Oil Company
  • Tremont Community Bank
  • Tremont Village Hall

Kids' Tractor Pull

The Kids' Tractor Pull continues to be a very popular event. We supply the tractor, kids supply the power!

The competition starts at 3 PM on Saturday on James Street (in the center of the park) and is open to all kids ages 4-9.

Prizes will be awarded to every contestant. $4 entry fee.

3 - 3:45 PM
4-5 year olds

3:45 - 4:15 PM
6-7 year olds

4:15 - 5 PM
8-9 year olds

Entry Form

On-site registrations are accepted at the event as well.

For more information, contact Angie Schoenbein at 925-4004 or angie.schoenbein@tremont702.org.


Frozen Turkey Toss

When bringing home the Thanksgiving bird, have you ever wondered how far you could fling it? Well, here is your chance to find out. The Frozen Turkey Toss is certainly a unique event.

For $5 you will get three chances to heave a frozen bird with all your might. A $50 prize goes to the adult who propels their poultry the furthest. In the 12 and Under category, the winner will receive carnival tickets.

The fun takes place Saturday morning starting at 11 AM on the baseball outfield in the park.

For more information, contact Luke Porritt at (309) 925-7175.


Bake-off Contest

Whip up your best strawberry baked good and bring it to the Seating Tent (south of the Stawberry Shortcake tent) on Saturday between 11:30 and Noon for your chance to be crowned the best baker in town.

Entries may include:

  • Cakes/Cupcakes
  • Cookies/bars
  • Pies/Cobbler
  • Pastries

Rules and Information


Antique Corner

Friday, 5 - 8 PM
Saturday, 9 AM - 8 PM
Sunday, 12 - 4 PM

Located on the west side of the park, near the Cullinan buildings, you will find a wide array of antiques and collectibles for sale.

Dealers interested in displaying their wares should email Brian Vonderheide.

Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest

The Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest will be held on Saturday afternoon at approximately 2 PM, or whenever the bed races are finished. Contestants will be challenged to eat a giant strawberry shortcake in the quickest time, without using silverware or their hands. The entry fee is $5 and first prize is $50! All ages are welcome.

If you like to eat and don't mind getting a little messy, this event is for you!

For more information, contact Rachel Berchtold at (309) 620-7150.


After spending a fun-filled weekend at the festival, find a spot along Sampson street or along the outer edge of the park for the parade starting at 4 PM on Sunday.

The parade will feature:
  • The Tremont High School Band
  • Antique cars, trucks, and tractors
  • Abbos Grotto Clowns
  • Floats
  • Horses
  • Characters: Angry Birds, Wizard of Oz, Power Rangers, Scooby Doo, and others
  • Local celebrities including our Grand Marshal, Miss Tremont and her court, and local government officials
View the parade route

Want to be in the parade?

  1. Read the parade informational letter

  2. Complete the parade entry card and mail it to:

    Tremont Turkey Festival Parade
    P.O. Box 947
    Tremont, IL 61568

Already in the parade?

View the parade lineup order

Lineup is subject to change. Please check in at the Township Building at 308 S. James Street after 1:30 PM to confirm your spot.

Thank you!

Car Show

Sunday, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cars will be located on the corner of Route 9 and Sampson Street in the parking lot of the Camden Chiropractic Center. Sign-in is from 9 -11:30 AM.

Winners are determined by popular choice, so stop by and cast your vote.

Awards will be presented at 3:00 and all show participants are encouraged to drive their vehicles in the parade, which starts at 4:00.

For more information, contact Greg Williams at (309) 574-0843.

Antique Tractor Pull

Grab your lawn chairs and head out to the Antique Tractor Pull on Saturday, starting at 10 AM.

The event will once again be held at the SE corner of Rt 9 and Baer Road. (about a quarter mile east of Tremont) View map

  • Tractors must be 1959 model or older
  • Entry fee is $20.00
  • Weigh-in for tractors not weighed at a Pre-Season event begins at 7:00 AM
  • Sign-in starts at 8:00 AM
  • Tractors weighed at a Pre-Season weigh-in event may register any time before their class starts
  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of eight classes

Complete Rules

For more information, call Mark Sommer (309) 925-4311 or Troy Saal (309) 925-5891.

Church Service

Come worship with us in the park on Sunday morning at 10 AM in the Entertainment Tent.

The speaker for this year's service will be Kurt Sauder.

Kurt is a Tremont native and left the farm to follow God's call into full time vocational ministry and has been Pastoring for over 25 years. He currently leads Further Still Ministries that he co-founded with his late wife Kristen. Further Still is all about helping folks deepen in their walk with Christ and specifically encouraging and leading men to lives of depth and influence. He since has remarried Nancy who was also widowed and they are journeying together in blending their family of 7 children!

(Please bring your lawn chairs.)

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