Mark your calendar now for
next year's festival —
June 12, 13, and 14, 2020
Welcome to the
Tremont Turkey Festival
What a great way to kick off your summer — the 54th annual Tremont Turkey Festival.
We would love to have you join us for our community's summer celebration.
You will discover that food is 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.
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. 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 7. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanks in advance for your time and enthusiasm.
Change in Traffic
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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:
||4 - 10 PM
||9 AM - 10 PM
||9 AM - 6 PM
Map of Shuttle Route
This year we will be accepting credit/debit card payments at the food lines, Turkey Express, strawberry shortcake tent, and in the country store. No more worrying about having enough cash to buy that extra sandwich — just put it on your card.
Armbands for the Carnival!
In the past, Thursday night at the carnival has been buddy night, where two can ride for the price of one. This year we are not having buddy night. Instead, we are having two separate days with armband hours! In addition to having armbands on Thurday night (6-10 PM), there will also be armband hours on Sunday afternoon (12-4 PM). For one price ($20 in advance, $25 at the carnival), the armband wearer can ride as many rides as desired. Find out where armbands can be purchased in advance...
Car Show Moved
Rather than being in the parking lot of Camden Chiroparactic as it has been in the past, the car show is moving north this year. It will be located in the 100 block of North Sampson near the Antique Corner (just across Route 9 from Camden's). Not having to cross Route 9 should make it easier for festivalgoers to check out the entries.
Shaking Things Up On Sunday
Things will be a little different this year on Sunday. The parade will kick off at 2 PM instead of 4 PM. Grab some turkey sandwiches and shortcake for lunch, then find a place a long the route to enjoy the parade.
Rather than the parade being the end of the festival, things will keep going strong afterward with Tremont's Got Talent in the entertainment tent.
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 dont 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 7: 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, June 8: 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.