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.
If you are a local organization wishing to request money from the TBA, please click the buttom below to view and fill out a form.
Bill and Jill Barr
Kevin and Jody Dill
Jason and Michele Garey
Chuck and Laura Gould
Ken and Carolyn Hinman
Vic and Diane Imig
Jason and Michelle Kreiling
Scott and Kathleen Lowery
Dan and Julie Mathis
Jim and Val Moore
Brian and Diana Patterson *
Bill and Judy Reidner
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 2018 Tremont Turkey Festival was as follows:
Tremont District Library 1,375
Tremont Food Pantry 3,000
Tremont In Touch 3,500
Tremont Roboteers 2481 3,000
Tremont Senior Nutrition Support 2,000
Tremont Winning Communities - Sampson St Revitalization 18,000
Tremont Cub Scouts Pack 84 3,000
Greater Peoria Honor Flight 3,000
Tremont Boy Scouts Troop 84 Shelter project 7,500
Tremont Museum & Historical Society 2,200
Total Granted in 2018 $46,575
Amounts that are 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 HS seniors 2,000
Flags for the Tiber Project 500
Park Playground Equipment 12,000
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.