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

This just in...we may not be having a festival, but you can still get your annual festival t-shirt (and other items) by ordering from our online store.

Miss Tremont Pageant

This year's pageant will again be on Sunday afternoon rather than Thursday evening.

Olivia Simkins, Miss Tremont 2019, will crown the new Miss Tremont on Sunday, June 7, at 3:00 p.m. at Tremont High School.

Preparations are just getting underway and details, including the announcement of this year's contestants, will be available soon.

Country Store

Cool off with a refreshing lemonade shake-up or enjoy 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. This year there will be armband hours one price gets you unlimited rides on Thursday night (6-10 PM) or Sunday afternoon (12-4 PM). Armbands are $20 per day if purchased in advance or $25 per day at the festival.

Regular tickets can also be used during armband hours.

Buy your armband vouchers in advance, starting after Memorial Day, at the following locations in Tremont:

  • Beecham's Grocery
  • Eli's Coffee Shop
  • Tremont First National Bank
  • Tremont Oil Company
  • Tremont Community Bank
  • Tremont Village Hall
Thanks to these businesses for helping us.

Please note: These businesses are not set up to accept credit cards, so armband vouchers must be paid for with cash or check.


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.

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 Luke Porritt at (309) 925-7175.


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 2 PM on Sunday.

The parade will feature:
  • The Tremont High School Band
  • The Tremont Middle 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?

  1. Read the parade informational letter

  2. Complete the parade entry card and mail it to:

    Tremont Turkey Festival Parade
    101 E. Elm St.
    Tremont, IL 61568

Bags Tournament

Bags will fly at 2:00 PM on Saturday at the City Park Ball Diamaond as our first annual bags tournament gets under way.

  • 50% of all entry fees will be paid out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams (70/20/10%)
  • Seeded, double elimination
  • Regulation boards and bags
  • $50 entry fee
  • Music while you play
  • All games will be played according to the official ACA rulebook
  • Championship game to be played under the lights at city park at sunset

Register online or register in person up until Noon on Saturday, June 8.

Tournament is limited to first 24 teams, so don't delay.

Team check-in and payment will be from Noon to 1:30 PM on Saturday. If you do not pay, you do not play.

* We reserve the right to modify the tournament times, format, rules, etc.

Car Show

Sunday, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Again this year, the cars will be located near the Antique Corner, at the intersection of North Sampson and Park Street. 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 1:00 and all show participants are encouraged to drive their vehicles in the parade, which starts at 2:00.

For more information, contact Greg Williams at (309) 574-0843.

Antique Tractor Pull

Grab your lawn chairs and head out to the Antique Tractor Pull on Saturday, starting at 10 AM.

The event will be held at the east plant of Tremont Co-operative Grain Co., located at 14697 Baer Road. 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 Josh DuBois (309) 613-6353.

Church Service

Come worship with us in the park on Sunday morning at 10 AM in the Entertainment Tent.


Bake-off Contest

Whip up your best strawberry baked good and bring it to the Seating Tent (south of the Stawberry Shortcake tent) on Saturday between 11:30 and Noon for your chance to be crowned the best baker in town.

Entries may include:

  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies/bars
  • Pies
  • Cobblers
  • Pastries

Rules and Information

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