June 12-14, 2020

Given the ongoing uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 virus, the Tremont Betterment Association has decided to cancel the 2020 Tremont Turkey Festival.

While this is an extremely difficult decision to make, the health and well being of the thousands of festival goers, vendors and countless volunteers is our main concern.

We look forward to seeing everyone again to celebrate the 2021 Tremont Turkey Festival

June 11, 12, and 13, 2021

Welcome to the
Tremont Turkey Festival

Once again, summer starts with us at the 55th annual Tremont Turkey Festival! Come join us for our community's summer celebration.

This year's theme is "Friends, Family, and Fun", highlighting what makes the festival great. Whether you were born and raised in Tremont or you have never been here before, you will discover a wide range of family-friendly activities available.

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 area. (All of the entertainment is free!) From the Miss Tremont Pageant, to the bed races, to the parade on Sunday afternoon, there is something here to entertain all ages.

Of course food is also a huge 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 we encourage you to try them all.

View our Schedule for a complete listing of events.

 

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! Sign up online

If the food line is not your thing, we have plenty of other places where you can help. Contact the festival chairpeople at chairmen@turkeyfestival.com for more information.

Thanks in advance for your time and enthusiasm.

 

Change in Traffic

Map
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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.
 

Park and Ride

Finding a parking space is easy if you take advantage of our free shuttle bus service. Simply head to the junior high school parking lot (just south off Route 9 on West Street, on the west edge of town) and ride the shuttle to the park.

Shuttles run every few minutes during the following times:

Friday 4 - 10 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 10 PM
Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM

Map of Shuttle Route

 

What's New?

New Location for Tractor Pull
This year's antique tractor pull will be held at a new site -- the east plant of Tremont Co-operative Grain Co. This location is just a mile or so north on Baer Road from where the event has been held for the past few years. Details on the antique tractor pull

 

T-shirt Day

Saturday is t-shirt day! Wear your Turkey Festival t-shirt and show your Tremont pride.

 

Jeff Muehlich Servant Leadership Award

The Jeff Muehlich Servant Leadership Award was established in 2016 to honor residents of the Tremont community who exemplify leadership through community service.

Jeff's passion for his town, school, and church was unquestionable. He dedicated his life to serving others through his time as a commissioner on Tremont Park Board, coaching and organizing various youth programs, volunteering at school functions, and donating many hours each year at the Tremont Turkey Festival.

The recipient of this award will be chosen by a panel of local leaders and will be announced at the Miss Tremont Pageant. A donation will be made in the recipient's name to a Tremont organization of their choosing.

Residents are encouraged to submit nominations for this award using the nomination form.

 

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 don’t want you to go away hungry.

 

No Dogs Allowed

The Tremont Park District ordinances prohibit dogs in the park, so unfortunately you will need to leave Fido at home.
 

Tremont Food Pantry - Pack the Tent

The Tremont Food Pantry will again be hosting a Pack the Tent event at this year's festival. Please bring your nonperishable food item donations to the Tremont Food Pantry tent near the Turkey Express exit at the Tremont High School on Route 9. The Tremont Food Pantry tent 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.

 
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