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Pekin’s biggest festival is a great family friendly event with a carnival, music, festive foods, entertainment, kids events, parade and craft vendors. The weekend event honors Pekin’s favorite son, Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, and his love for gardening.
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.