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Miss Tremont Pageant

"Hometown Heroes, Celebrating our Volunteers" is the theme of the 51st Annual Tremont Turkey Festival which will kick off with the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday, June 9 at 7 PM at Tremont High School North Gym. Five talented young ladies will be competing for this year's crown and Miss Tremont 2015, Jillian Runyon, will end this exciting evening by crowning our new Miss Tremont 2016. 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 and Interview Session where the judges will have a chance to meet them for the first time. During the evening the contestants will compete in the areas of Casual Wear, Talent, and Evening Gown.

The pageant opening will feature a dance number including each contestant and a little girl from the community. These little ladies are Aubree Weiland, daughter of Todd & Janel Weiland; Veronica Roller, daughter of Nick & Nichole Roller; Noel Leiva, daughter of Ruben & Jennifer Leiva; Londyn Sauder, daughter of Brent & Janelle Sauder; and Nora Beutel, daughter of Greg & Mary Beutel.

Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Jeremy Garrett, Tremont Middle School Principal. The evening will also feature the 2016 Festival Chairmen, Brian and Diana Patterson, who will also recognize the families of Deputy Craig Whisenand and Russ DuBois as the 2016 Grand Marshalls.

The Pageant Crown Bearer will be Brady Booth, son of Jeff and Tabitha Booth.

View this year's contestants

The results are in...congratulations to
Emily Gasser - Miss Tremont 2016

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
  • Shell Station
  • Casey's
  • 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.


Petting Zoo

Let your little ones get up close and personal with live animals at the petting zoo from 5-7 PM on Saturday. Located just south of the merchants tent, the zoo gives everyone the chance to interact with a variety of farm animals.


Bake-off Contest

Whip up your best strawberry baked good and bring it to the Entertainment tent on Saturday between 11:30 and Noon for your chance to be crowned the best baker in town.

Entries may include:

  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Pies/Cobbler
  • Candy
  • Bread

View the complete rules

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?
View the parade informational letter
View the parade entry card

Already in the parade?
View the parade lineup map
View the parade lineup order


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 services will be Bill Allison. Read more about Bill.

(Please bring your lawn chairs.)

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 3:30 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) 925-9085.

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.

Trivia Contest

The trivia contest is back for a second year! It will feature different clues regarding the history of the Tremont Turkey Festival at EACH business sponsoring the contest. Visit each business to answer all of the trivia contest questions. All of the correctly answered trivia contest forms will be deposited in a barrel and a random winner will be chosen.

Entry forms are available now at the participating businesses or you can download and print the form.

Turn in completed entry forms to the Turkey Festival Welcome Center located next to the main food pavilion at the park between Friday, June 10 and noon on Sunday, June 12.

All entries must be received by noon on Sunday, June 12. One entry per person.

One winner will be drawn from the correctly answered forms at Noon on Sunday, June 12.

The prize package is valued at more than $850!

View the list of question locations and prizes

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