Tremont Betterment Association

The Tremont Turkey Festival was initiated in 1966 to raise funds to build a swimming pool in the Tremont Park. Since then, local residents have served as volunteer chairmen to help make each festival a success.

To retain those valuable volunteers following their terms as general chairmen and to utilize their talent, dedication, and experience, the Tremont Betterment Association was formed in 1976. Past and present Turkey Festival general chairmen who wish to continue their interest and involvement with the festival comprise the TBA, which acts as the sponsoring and steering organization for this and future festivals.

TBA is responsible for setting budgets and policies for the festival and notably, for distributing festival proceeds to the Tremont community for special projects and assistance to organizations that make Tremont a better place to live and visit.

In 2005, in addition to the $44,000 funds distribution, Tremont Betterment Association provided a $200,000 jump-start to the Tremont swimming pool project. In addition, the group also committed to setting aside $7,500 annually for future repairs to the pool.

Over the last 50 years, the festival has returned over $1.5 million to the community.

TBA Members
Bill and Jill Barr
Margi Csesznegi
Robert Csesznegi
Kevin and Jody Dill
Chuck and Jody Dudley
Wes and Nicole Edwards
Gene Froebe
Jason and Michele Garey
Chuck and Laura Gould
Dave and Abby Hammond
Ken and Carolyn Hinman
Vic and Diane Imig
Sherry James
Rick Jameson
Boyd King
Jason and Michelle Kreiling
Scott and Kathleen Lowery
Dan and Julie Mathis
Jim and Val Moore
Jack Moser
Brian and Diana Patterson
Kayla Perry
Bill and Judy Reidner
Bettie Sage
Jim and Laura Steffey
Jake and Jennifer Strohl *
Josh and Sherri Weer
Lou and Kim Wicks
Mark and Melissa Zaayenga
* Associate Members

2019 TBA Officers

President Jason Kreiling
Vice President Michelle Kreiling
Secretary Margi Csesznegi
Treasurer Kim Wicks

Each year, during the spring disbursements meeting, local groups seek funds which are distributed from profits from the prior year.

The distribution of profits from the 2018 festival was as follows:

Greater Peoria Honor Flight 3,000
Tremont Boy Scout Troop 84 - Shelter Project 7,500
Tremont Cub Scout Troop 3084 3,000
Tremont District Library 1,375
Tremont Food Pantry 3,000
Tremont In Touch 3,500
Tremont Museum and Historical Society 2,200
Tremont Roboteers Team 2481 3,000
Tremont Senior Nutrition Support 2,000
Tremont Winning Communities - Sampson Street Revitalization 18,000
Total 2019 Disbursements $46,575
 
Earmarked from Previous Years
Tremont Pool Liner Reserve - to be used in 2019 75,000
Tremont Pool Reserve for other repairs - to be used in 2019 57,500
TBA Scholarships for High School Seniors 2,000
"Flags for the Tiber" Project 500
Park Playground Equipment 12,000

2019 Chairmen

General Chairmen
Jake and Jennifer Strohl

General Co-chairmen
Brad and Megan Patterson

Past General Chairmen
Dave and Abby Hammond


Advanced Ticket Sales
Kathleen Lowery

Antique Corner
Brian Vonderheide

Antique Tractor Pull
Troy Saal
Mark Sommer

Antique Tractor Pull Food Line
Vickie King
Jason and Michelle Kreiling

Audio/Welcome Center
Bill and Jill Barr

Bake Off
Mike and Cheri Crebo

Bed Races

Booklet
Steve Bechtel
Michele Garey

Breakfast
 

Car Show
Greg Williams
Nick Goss

Carnival
Dave Calhoun
Scott Lowery

Country Store
Zach and Jen Balsimo
Kevin and Michelle Neal

Crafts
Debbie Crowe

Entertainment
Rick Giovanetto

Finance
Bettie Sage
Laura Steffey
Kim Wicks

Food Line Chairmen
Matt and Shanna Oyer

Food Line Co-chairmen
Drew and Rachel Gierich

Foot Race
Glen and Sandy Gullette

Horseshoe Tournament
Don Fawer
Jeff Roberts

Kids' Tractor Pull
Angie Schoenbein

Merchants Tent
Debbie Crowe

Pageant
Tracy Perdue
Kelsey Vance

Parade
Brian and Angela Conn

Publicity and Marketing
Michele Garey

Rescue 702
Trent Steiner

Sanitation
Todd Lohnes

Shortcake Express
Mike and Becky Davis
Sherri Muehlich

Social Media
Carin Watson
Rachel Probst

Strawberry Shortcake
Jason and Anissa Sauder
Thad and Heidi Chaney

Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
Rachel Berchtold

Sunday Worship Service
Tim and Ann Barrow

T-shirts
JoEllen Lohnes

Tents
Matt Miller

Turkey Barbeque
Jack Moser
Don DuBois
Lou Wicks
Steve Bechtel
Chuck Dudley

Turkey Express
Jeff and Jennifer Hinman
Jeff and Marygrace Kaiser
Drew and Stacy Scranton

Turkey Injection
Dan Steiner
Dick Steiner

Turkey Hot Wings
Dan Mathis
Chris and Jenny Atterberry
Jeff Reynolds
Holly Anderson

Turkey Toss
Luke Porritt

Web Site
Steve Bechtel

 
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