Tremont Illinois
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
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
Chuck and Jody Dudley
Mark and Melissa Zaayenga


* Associate Members


2016 TBA Officers

President - Jason Kreiling
Vice President - Michelle Kreiling
Secretary - Margi Csesznegi
Treasurer - Val Moore

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 2015 festival was as follows:

Tremont Alumni Association 300
Tremont Area Park District 8,129
Tremont Boy Scout Troop 84 1,100
Tremont Cub Scout Troop 3084 2,000
Tremont District Library 1,250
Tremont FFA 3,000
Tremont Food Pantry 3,000
Tremont Garden Club 300
Tremont In Touch 4,500
Tremont Roboteers Team 2481 3,000
Tremont Senior Nutrition 4,000
Tremont Torpedoes Swim Team 1,130
Tremont Youth Basketball 2,000
Total $33,709

Annual Commitments
Tremont Pool 7,500
Scholarship 2,000
Total 2016 Disbursements $43,209

Members of Tremont Betterment Association would like to thank all volunteers who consistently donate their time and have helped make the Tremont Turkey Festival a success each year.

Photo Credit: Signature Photos