June 7-9, 2024

Miss Tremont Pageant

This year's pageant — Sugar Rush — will be on Sunday, June 2, at 3:00 PM in the air-conditioned comfort of the Tremont High School catetorium. The doors will open at 2:15 PM.

Miss Tremont 2023, Cambria Geyer, will open the evening and welcome the crowd. She will end this exciting afternoon by crowning our new Miss Tremont 2024. Cost of admission is $5 per person with special pricing at the door for families.

The contestants begin their day with the Judge’s Tea & Interview Session where the judges will have a chance to meet them all for the first time. The pageant opening will feature a dance number including each contestant and a special little girl from the community. During the event, the contestants will compete in the areas of Casual Wear, Talent, and Evening Gown.

The adorable little girls performing with the contestants during opening number are
  • Kylie Sisson, the daughter of Justin and Shelly Sisson
  • Marlowe Marron, the daughter of Corey and Noelle Marron
  • Kate Nolden, the daughter of Ben and Lauren Nolden
  • Bradli VonDerHeide, the daughter of Amanda and Jacob Mundy and Jacob and Kristi VonDerHeide
  • Madelynn Hepp, the daughter of Bryan and Jennifer Hepp
  • Bethel Morr, the daughter of Jared and Julie Morr
  • Quinn Whightsil, the daughter of Mitch and Allison Whightsil

Master of Ceremonies will be Nocole Simkins and the Pageant Crown Bearer will be Jack Schweigert, son of Curt and Heather Schweigert.

The evening will also feature the 2024 Festival Chairmen, Jeff Reynolds and Holly Anderson, who will recognize Dan and Julie Mathis as the 2024 Grand Marshalls.

View this year's contestants

All photo credits to: Whitney Schroer, Whitney Renee Photography

The results are in...congratulations to
McKinze Uhlman - Miss Tremont 2024

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 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 again will be armband hours — one price gets you unlimited rides — on Thursday night (6-10 PM) or Sunday afternoon (12-4 PM). Armbands are $25 per day in advance and $30 per day if purchased at the carnival.

Regular tickets can also be used during armband hours.

Advance armband vouchers may be purchased, starting after Memorial Day. These can be redeemed at the carnival for an actual armband and can be used for one day or the other, not both.

These will be available May 28 through June 6 at the following locations in Tremont:
  • Beecham's Market, Inc.
  • First National Bank of Tremont
  • Tremont Community Bank
  • Tremont Oil Company
  • 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 made out to Tremont Turkey Festival.


Car Show

Sunday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The car show will be held in the 100 block of South Sampson. Sign-in is from 8 -10:00 AM with a $10 registration fee.

Winners are determined by popular choice, so stop by and cast your vote.

Awards will be presented at 12:30 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 Corner

Friday, 4 - 8 PM
Saturday, 9 AM - 8 PM
Sunday, 11 - 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.



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:
  • Antique cars, trucks, and tractors
  • Floats
  • Horses
  • 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 online parade entry form

Already in the parade?


Church Service

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

The speaker for this year's service will be Donnie Rice.

Read Donnie's bio

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

  • Entry fee is $25.00
  • Weigh-in for tractors begins at 7:00 AM
  • Sign-in starts at 8:00 AM and pull will start at 9:30 AM
  • Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the classes
  • For more information, contact Mark Sandschafer (217) 273-4098.

Complete Rules for 1960-77 Tractors

Complete Rules for 1959 and Older Tractors


Bags Tournament

Bags will fly at 2:00 PM on Saturday at the City Park Ball Diamaond as our fourth 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%)
  • Random seeding, double elimination
  • Regulation boards and bags
  • $50/team cash entry fee
  • All games will be played according to the official ACA rulebook

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

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

For questions or to pre-register, email turkeyfestivalbags@gmail.com.

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

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