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
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
Josh and Sherri Weer
Lou and Kim Wicks
Mark and Melissa Zaayenga
* Associate Members

2017 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 2016 festival was as follows:

Greater Peoria Honor Flight 2000
Tremont Alumni Association 300
Tremont Boy Scout Troop 84 1,000
Tremont Cub Scout Troop 3084 1,500
Tremont District Library 1,850
Tremont District 702 - Bridge the Gap 9,000
Tremont Food Pantry 3,000
Tremont In Touch 4,500
Tremont Roboteers Team 2481 3,000
Tremont Senior Nutrition 4,000
Annual Commitments
Tremont Pool 7,500
Scholarship 2,000
Total 2017 Disbursements $39,650

2017 Chairmen

General Chairmen
Wes and Nicole Edwards

General Co-chairmen
Dave and Abby Hammond

Past General Chairmen
Brian and Diana Patterson

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

Steve Bechtel
Michele Garey


Car Show
Greg Williams
Nick Goss

Dave Calhoun
Scott Lowery
Jim Flannigan

Country Store
Travis and Allie Ladwig

Kerry Martin

Rick Giovanetto

Bettie Sage
Laura Steffey
Kim Wicks

Food Line Chairmen
Jake and Jennifer Strohl

Food Line Co-chairmen
Brad and Megan Patterson

Foot Race
Glen and Sandy Gullette

Horseshoe Tournament
Don Fawer
Jeff Roberts

Kids' Tractor Pull
Angie Schoenbein

Merchants Tent
Kerry Martin

Laura Steffey
Kim Wicks
Tracy Perdue
Kerrie Bolliger

John and Amy Replogle
Brian and Angela Conn

Publicity and Marketing
Michele Garey
Alli Marron

Rescue 702
Brad Huette

Todd Lohnes

Shortcake Express
Mike and Becky Davis
Sherri Muehlich

Strawberry Shortcake
Jason and Anissa Sauder
Thad and Heidi Chaney

Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
Rachel Berchtold

Sunday Worship Service
Tim and Ann Barrow

Kevin and Valinda Ulrich

Matt Miller

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

Turkey Express
Chris Workman
Jen Hinman

Turkey Injection
Dan Steiner
Dick Steiner

Turkey Hot Wings
Dan and Julie Mathis
Mark Wagenbach

Turkey Toss
Luke Porritt

Web Site
Steve Bechtel

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