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Velde Ford in Pekin, IL is Proud to Celebrate Our 59th Year in Business! All Thanks to YOU!

Since opening our doors in 1957, Velde Ford has proudly served the Pekin community. During this time, we have been humbled by the continued business of our Ford customers – many of which return to us time and time again! It is these loyal customers that we have to thank for our success.

To learn more about how Velde Ford came to be and why we remain dedicated to our Ford customers, click the link below.

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Velde Ford Offers New and Used Cars and Great Customer Service in Pekin, IL.

Although Velde Ford is proud the offer a great inventory of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, we believe the thing that sets us apart from others is our fantastic customer service.

Throughout the entire Ford car buying process, we will remain committed to your complete satisfaction. After all, Velde Ford believes we are in the business of making lifelong friends as opposed to simply selling a car or truck and sending you on your way.

To learn more about our company culture and why Velde Ford is so unlike any Ford dealership you’ve ever visited, click the link.

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A Letter From Tim Saurs, President & General Manager of Velde Ford in Pekin, IL

As the owner of Velde Ford, I am extremely proud of my employees and their dedication to our customers. My father and Lynn founded this dealership on the idea that the customer’s satisfaction comes before the sale of the vehicle. I am proud to carry out this belief at Velde Ford today.

We believe our customer’s satisfaction should be our number one priority. It is because of this belief that we strive to provide unparalleled customer service. Only at Velde Ford will you be treated with such care and attention.

I guarantee you’ll enjoy your time spent at Velde Ford. When you stop by our dealership in Pekin, IL, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say ‘hello’ to my family and myself.

I look forward to seeing you at Velde Ford soon.

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At Velde Ford, we are changing the Ford leasing experience and making it more enjoyable and beneficial to our customers. We offer unparalleled customer service, great Ford leasing deals, and knowledgeable Ford representatives that are on hand to walk you through the entire Ford leasing process.

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At Velde Ford, we are dedicated to providing you with a great experience – no matter the reason for your visit!

If you’re here for car or truck service, we encourage you to take advantage of our Velde Ford Service Center. We are proud of our ASE Certified Service Technicians and their ability to work quickly and efficiently.

Additionally, our Velde Ford Collision Center is full of experts that can take your totaled car and make it look like new once again.

No matter the service you require – oil change, tire rotation, full body repair – we are happy to serve you. We service all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. So please don’t hesitate to bring your car or truck to Velde Ford today!

We are proud to be the Ford dealership of choice for the Pekin, IL community. In addition to Pekin, we happily serve customers from Peoria, Tremont, Morton, Bartonville, Washington, Peoria Heights, East Peoria, Bellevue, Marquette Heights, Creve Coeur, and Canton.

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Ford Employees Set Record For Number of Inventions in 2016 - 12/09/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – So far this year, nearly 1,500 U.S. patents have been granted to Ford and its employees. That number is up 25 percent from last year and is larger than any automaker in the United States. As well as patents, Ford employees have set a record for number of inventions in 2016, as well.

This year, Ford employees submitted more patent applications than any other year since Ford's inception 113 years ago. Globally, 8,000 new inventions were submitted over the course of the year, up nearly 40 percent from last year's number, and 90 percent from 2014.

Among these inventions is one for equipping autonomous vehicles with drones, the Ford eChair for wheelchair users, and On-the-Go H20 condensation collection system. All of these creations will bring new innovative technology to the future Ford line-up. Additionally, of the 5,500 Ford employees who submitted inventions disclosures, 2,200 were first-time inventors.

Ford Employees Set Record For Number of Inventions in 2016

As well as the impressive number of patents and inventions coming out of Ford this year, the company also worked with TechShop to open a facility in Detroit where at-home engineers can collaborate to develop ideas and create prototypes. The shop is equipped with tools and computers loaded with design software.

Ford Employees Set Record For Number of Inventions in 2016

We're proud to let you know that Ford employees set a record for number of inventions in 2016, and we're proud of all the innovative ideas that come out Ford headquarters! While you're busy coming up with your own creative ideas, don't forget to take care of your car this winter! Be sure to check our coupons page to save on your auto service needs!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking - 12/07/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – The holiday season wouldn't be complete without all of the delicious baked goods and cookies we get to eat! For many families, baking cookies is a Christmas tradition! We gathered these 7 cookie recipes to include in your holiday baking this season. We guarantee they're all delicious. You might eat them all before you have a chance to share them with loved ones!

Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

These tasty treats are bright and festive with their cherry toppers and they taste just as good as they look! Perfect for sharing with Santa, or friends and family.

Peppermint Mocha Cookies


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

If you love those peppermint mocha lattes from your favorite coffee shop, you'll be sure to love these fun holiday cookies! Perfect for dunking in your hot cocoa.

Sugar Plum Shortbread


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

The sugar plums will be dancing in your mouth with this classic recipe! These make a great pair with your morning coffee or tea!

Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

Crunchy, flaky, peanut butter goodies like this are too good to share! Keep these ones all to yourself!

Lemon Butter Cookies


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

Gooey lemon cookies are a nice change from your traditional holiday baked goods. The lemon adds a nice tart flavor complemented nicely by the powdered sugar topping.

Melting Snowman Oreo Truffles


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

These cute truffles are festive and delicious! If you want to stick with the more simple side of things, just hold off on the snowman decorations and add sprinkles instead!

Chocolate Caramel Pretzels 


7 Cookie Recipes to Include in Your Holiday Baking

It doesn't get much better than this salty and sweet combination! The pretzels add a nice crunch!

We hope you enjoy our 7 cookie recipes to include in your holiday baking this season! Whether you try just one, or all 7, we think your friends and family will enjoy these tasty treats! Don't forget to save a few for Santa and his reindeer! While you're busy enjoying time with your family this holiday season, don't forget about your Velde family, too! We're here to meet all of your car care and auto service needs all year round! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family - 12/01/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – December has officially arrived, which means Christmas fanatics everywhere are busting out the decorations and festive music! Maybe you've already started decorating, but have you given any thought to starting new family traditions this year? The beginning of the month is the perfect time to start using an advent calendar or begin picking your favorite cookie recipes! Check out our list of Christmas traditions to start with your family this holiday season!

Elf on the Shelf

Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

If you haven't heard yet, the Elf on the Shelf tradition has become popular with young families. You can alter the game to your liking, but simply put, Santa sends scout elves to help manage his naughty and nice list. These sneaky elves move around at night and your kids will have fun looking for them each morning leading up to Christmas.

Advent Calendars

Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

There are tons of advent calendars available for purchase to help your children manage their excitement in the weeks leading up to christmas. Some include candy or small toys. It's something fun to look forward to and a fun way to count down the days until Christmas morning!

Book Advent

Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

Instead of purchasing an advent calendar, you can create your own advent using books! Purchase a short book for each day of the month and wrap each one for your children to open. They'll be excited to open their gifts and you'll be happy they're reading!

Pick a New Ornament for the Tree

Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

Each year before you decorate your Christmas tree, let your kids pick a new ornament from the store. It's a fun way to make them feel involved and a great way to slowly grow your ornament collection.

Christmas Eve Pajamas

Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

Who doesn't love a new pair of pjs? Wrap up a fun set of pajamas and have the kids open them on Christmas Eve. Then you can get cozy watching a festive movie or reading a Christmas story.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family

Many people bake cookies around the holidays. Start a tradition with you kids by picking out your favorite recipes to share with family and to leave for Santa! Let your little bakers get busy in the kitchen with you to create memories that will last forever!

We hope you'll give these Christmas traditions to start with your family a try this holiday season and start creating memories with your loved ones! We would also like to invite you to join our Velde Family for any of your car buying or service needs!

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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Ford, Fisher-Price Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang - 11/29/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford has been working closely with Fisher-Price to bring Mustang lovers and their children the ultimate Power Wheels experience! The Ford, Fisher-Price Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang is a fun, battery-operated toy car designed for young enthusiasts, by experienced engineers.

Ford, Fisher-Price Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang

Available in blue or pink, created from real Ford data, the Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang incorporates advanced technology and safety features, just like your real pony-car. This computer-controlled powertrain, ride-on toy features:


  • Traction control - for those slippery grass slopes and rocky driveway turns. Wheel slip is monitored to adjust motor speeds.
  • Stability monitoring - for those sharp turns and intense races! The tilt sensors detect angles, and turn off the motors to prevent rollovers.
  • Speed control - in case your little speed demon is going a little too fast. Set a top speed from 1 MPH to 5 MPH.
  • Battery monitoring - so your mini racer never runs out of charge on the road! Check the battery level on the LED touch interface.
  • Built-in sound system - because no sporty car would be complete without an awesome stereo and auxiliary input to play your own music.



The Ford, Fisher-Price Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang will go on sale next month! It sounds like the perfect Christmas gift for the little one in your life! With all of the safety features, what parent could protest! Don't forget to stop by Velde Ford of Pekin this holiday season to see what it's like to be treated like family! You can learn more about us on our Who is Velde Ford? page!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Introducing the Ford EcoSport - Go Small, Live Big - 11/22/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – If you haven't heard, Ford's smallest SUV is here, and it's packing a big punch. Introducing the Ford EcoSport - Go Small, Live Big with this compact SUV. The word's first ever Snapchat vehicle reveal took place last Monday, presenting the EcoSport at a Hollywood pop-up event.

Don't be fooled by the vehicle's small appearance! The tagline "Go Small & Live Big" is meant to encompass the SUV's small size, while simultaneously showing buyers that you can still "live big."


“More people are choosing to spend their time and money sharing experiences with friends and family instead of buying more stuff,” Chantel Lenard, ‎executive director, Ford U.S. marketing said. “EcoSport fits perfectly into this growing lifestyle. It’s our smallest SUV, packed with features and personality.”

Introducing the Ford EcoSport - Go Small, Live Big

Features of the Ford EcoSport Include:

  • B&O PLAY audio system, including 10 speakers
  • HD Radio Technology, and SiriusXM satellite radio
  • SYNC 3
  • 8-inch infotainment display screen
  • SYNC Connect with FordPass mobile app
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Available 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Intelligent 4WD
  • 30 stowage pockets, bins, and hooks
  • Cargo management system
It's exciting to be introducing the Ford EcoSport - Go Small, Live Big campaign! Ford's newest, smallest SUV won't be hitting the lots until early 2018, so while you're waiting, be sure to check out all of our other Ford models at Velde Ford Pekin

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes - 11/21/2016

PEKIN, Ill. – After many hours of cooking, cleaning, and shopping, we finally made it to Thanksgiving. The meal with your family was delicious and everybody complimented you on the stuffing this year. But now you have all of these leftovers piled in your fridge, and there’s no way you’re eating the same thing for the next week. We have a solution for you, though! Try these delicious Thanksgiving leftover recipes and make something new with the old.

Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes



Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes


Don't feel like you're stuck eating the same thing everyday for a week after Thanksgiving! Embrace those leftovers and try out these delicious Thanksgivng leftover recipes! Be sure to check out our Who is Velde? page this holiday! We want to show you what it's like to be treated like family during your car buying or auto service experience!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Best Travel Times to Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic - 11/17/2016

Best Travel Times for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

PEKIN, Ill. –– Are you planning to travel this Thanksgiving? Many Americans take to the roads each November to visit family members and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, but this holiday can be a rough one if you haven't planned your trip ahead of time!

Last year an estimated 46.9 million Americans took to the road to enjoy turkey and stuffing somewhere away from home, according to AAA. It's safe to assume many of the families who squeezed into cars for those trips found themselves squeezed between other vehicles caught in bothersome traffic jams.

But after two years of monitoring traffic conditions around the holidays, Google uncovered a few insights that could potentially keep you out of the gridlock game throughout your holiday travels. If you're planning on crossing state lines this year to enjoy your feast, take a look at these best travel times to avoid Thanksgiving traffic.

Best Travel Times to Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic

  • If possible, avoid making travel plans for the day before Thanksgiving. According to Google's data, Wednesday is the worst day of the week to travel on before Thanksgiving. It's no wonder seeing as everyone else in America is also scrambling to get to their Turkey Day destinations. If your plans require you to travel on Wednesday, try to leave before or after the timeframe of 3–5 p.m., which is considered the worst time on the worst day to travel.

Best Travel Times for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

  • It might sound crazy, but the best time to travel for Thanksgiving is, well, Thanksgiving Day. Thursday tends to be the day with the least amount of traffic all week, and since typical Turkey Day feasts take place between 12 and 2 p.m., you're less likely to run into any traffic during this time.
  • If you're heading to a new destination for the first time this Thanksgiving, prepare for your trip with directions from more than one source––don't put all of the pressure on Siri. We recommend using reputable map sites like Google maps and MapQuest, plus GPS technology of some kind. And, of course, it never hurts to bring along a more dated yet still handy technology, the road map. 
  • So you've reached your destination, consumed more turkey than you should have, and packed up the leftovers. It's the day after Thanksgiving and you're probably thinking you can beat traffic by heading home early on Saturday. Unfortunately, this idea runs through just about every other traveler's head. Traffic can be up to 40% worse on Saturday, so spend a little extra time with those long-lost family members and head back home on Sunday instead.

If you're staying around the Pekin area during Thanksgiving, stop by our East Peoria area Ford dealer for some incredible auto service! At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit Velde Ford located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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3 Ford Vehicles Named Most Loved by Strategic Vision - 11/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Strategic Vision is a research-based auto consultancy. They have announced the results of their Customer Love Index survey. The 3 Ford vehicles named most loved by Strategic Vision include the 2016 Ford Mustang convertible, 2016 Ford F-150, and 2016 Ford C-MAX Energi.

By compiling data from over 120 different categories, Strategic Vision computes a CLI, Customer Love Index for each vehicle. The Mustang, F-150, and Energi were the highest rated vehicles in their respective categories.

3 Ford Vehicles Named Most Loved by Strategic Vision

2016 Ford Mustang Convertible - Most Loved Standard Convertible Features:

  • EPA-Est. MPG: 18 city/ 27 hwy
  • 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 engine
  • Rear View Camera
  • Ford SYNC
  • 17'' Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels


2016 Ford F-150 - Most Loved Full-Size Pickup Features: 

  • EPA-Est. MPG: 18 city/ 24 hwy
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine
  • Max Trailer Tow Package
  • Ford SYNC
  • 17'' Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels


2016 Ford C-MAX Energi - Most Loved Small Alternative Powertrain Car Features:

  • EPA-Est. MPG: 95 city/ 81 hwy
  • 2.0L Hybrid Electric Powertrain
  • SmartGuage with EcoGuide
  • Ford SYNC
  • 17'' Machined Aluminum Wheels
To learn more about these 3 Ford vehicles named Most Loved by Strategic Vision, visit our model overview pages at VeldeFordPekin.com! Don't forget to check out our latest videos while you're there! We think you'll like what you see on our Who is Velde Ford? page, so come join our family! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate - 11/10/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away! Whether you're hosting the family gathering, or you need a dish to pass at a get together, these are some Thanksgiving side dishes you want on your plate! From carbs, to veggies, it's time to cook up some food we can all be thankful for!

Roasted Potatoes with Crunchy Onions

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
These tasty potatoes are a great alternative to the classic mashed potatoes! The onions give it a nice crunch, you could even add a little cheese to switch things up.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
This sweet potato casserole is more like dessert than dinner! If you're not a fan of nuts, you can still include the crunchy topping without them! 

Rosemary Garlic Skillet Bread

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
Skip the canned rolls this holiday and bake your own bread! Your family will be talking about this one until you make it again! 

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Garlic Bread

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
This would make a great side dish with dinner, or an easy appetizer! Who doesn't love spinach artichoke dip?

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
Spice up this recipe by adding your own seasoning combination, or skip the parmesan and go with a stronger cheese!

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
Cooked carrots will never be the same after you try these. Sweet and cooked to perfection!

Corn Casserole

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Want on Your Plate
This corn casserole is similar to cornbread but with more corn and more moisture! (It's basically savory cake.)

Get creative this holiday as you think of which Thanksgiving side dishes you want on your plate! Hopefully you feel inspired to feed your family well and have the most delicious Thanksgiving dinner to date! While you're getting ready to cook your feast, don't forget to take a second to reflect on what you're thankful for! At Velde Ford, we're thankful for our loyal guests and dedicated team members! To see what we're talking about, get a glimpse into the Velde family on our Who is Velde Ford? page!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Ford Continues to Support Thanksgiving Day Parade - 11/08/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – America's Thanksgiving Day parade has been a beloved tradition for nearly 90 years. Each holiday season, crowds gather in Detroit to watch the floats and performers make their way down Woodward Avenue. This year, Ford continues its support of the Thanksgiving Day Parade with more than 40 Ford vehicles, including f-Series trucks, Mustangs, and explorers leading the way down Woodward, along with the Ford Mobility One float.

Ford Continues to Support Thanksgiving Day Parade

Ford is also a huge contributor to local community and educational programs in Detroit and in America. This year they are contributing $20 million to Detroit organizations. They also signed a new three-year sponsorship commitment to The Parade Company. In addition, Ford is teaming up with Holiday Meals on Wheels, which helps homebound seniors receive Thanksgiving dinner.

Ford Continues to Support Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Ford Mobility One float is more than 90 feet long and represents the history of Ford Motor Company. It includes a Model-T, Henry Ford, as well as modern students and technology. Tune in as Ford continues to support the Thanksgiving Day parade!  The festivities will take place in Detroit on November 24 starting at 8:45 am.

Ford Continues to Support Thanksgiving Day Parade

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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30 Things To Be Thankful For - 11/03/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – The holiday season is coming up quick! Halloween has come and went, Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, and Christmas is just around the corner. Before you get too invested in planning family events and shopping for gifts, take a second to think about the things you take for granted everyday. Check out our list of 30 things to be thankful for.

30 Things To Be Thankful For

1. Good health - if you've got it, don't take it for granted. Not everyone does.
2. Sunshine - or clouds, or rain, whatever makes you happy! Weather is cool.
3. Hugs - hugs are just the best.
4. Books - or movies, or tv shows, entertainment for your brain in general.
5. Money in the bank - even if it's just $1, that's more than many people have.
6. Pets, or animals in general - affection from furry friends is one of life's greatest gifts!
7. Food to eat - knowing where your next meal is going to come from is a huge blessing.
8. A job - whether you hate it or love it, money to pay the bills is something to be grateful for.
9. Clothes to wear - trendy or not, at least they're clean and at least they fit.
10. Water - it's easy to forget that clean water is inaccessible to many.
11. Music - listening to it, making it, whatever you're in to! Music is good for the soul.
12. Sports teams - we need someone to cheer on or hate on, right?
13. Warmth - electricity and the ability to take warm showers are something we take for granted.
14. Laughter - the best medicine!
15. Your sanity - fleeting or not.
16. Service workers - waiters, bus drivers, postal service workers, all people we should thank regularly.
17. The ability to communicate - whether it's a phone call, an email, or snail mail, not everyone is capable of communicating with loved ones regularly.
18. Family - crazy or not, they've got your back.
19. Your freedom - being allowed to do what makes you happy isn't something that's possible for everyone.
20. Friends - who else are you going to complain to and do dumb things with?
21. A roof over your head - big or small, a place to call home is something to be thankful for.
22. Comfortable shoes - and shoes that fit!
23. Transportation - car, bus, train, or plane, getting where you need to go is a luxury for some.
24. Being appreciated - at work, or at home, knowing you're appreciated is always nice.
25. Partners - boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or best friend, having someone to lean on is something to be thankful for.
26. Chocolate - or your favorite sugary treat.
27. Kind neighbors - no matter how small of a role they play in your life, they could always be more annoying!
28. Coffee - just coffee. Caffeine in general.
29. Challenges - to remind you what it's like to overcome them.
30. Yourself! - There is no other you, and that's something to celebrate.

Getting caught up in your daily grind, or letting yourself become overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays is an easy thing to do. We hope that today, and this month, you'll take some time to appreciate the little things. If you think our list of 30 things to be thankful for is missing something, be sure to let us know! At Velde Ford, we're thankful for all of our loyal guests who continue to support us! If you'd like to know a little more about our Velde family, be sure to check out our Who is Velde Ford? page!

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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Fire at Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters - 11/01/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – A Fire at Ford Motor Company's world headquarters sent employees home on Monday morning. The evacuation took place as a precaution to the report of smoke being smelled. 

Fire at Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters

The fire began at an electrical substation in the basement of the building, interrupting power to the entire headquarters, including the Ford Credit office buildings, and one of the main data centers. This particular data center is used to report and track sales. Although there are battery backups in place to ensure no data was lost, the loss of power resulted in the building being shut down for most of the day. This means that Ford was unable to release October sales data on November 1st as planned. 

The fire has since been contained. No one was injured. It is expected that the October sales report will be released in the next week.

Fire at Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters

We're glad to be able to report that the fire at Ford Motor Company's world headquarters only caused minor interruptions. Just like Ford cares about their employees, we care about your safety! If you're looking for a new vehicle, and you'd like a memorable car dealership experience, let our friendly sales professionals put you in a new Ford! If you're interested in learning what Velde Ford is all about, check out our Who is Velde Ford? page! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas - 10/27/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – If you waited until the last minute to carve your pumpkin for Halloween, then you're in luck! You can use our list of kooky pumpkin carving ideas to get you started! Don't stick with the same old boring jack-o-lantern you always make! Get creative this Halloween!

Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas
You'll have to find the perfect puzzle pieces have your pumpkins fit together like this, but once you do, the outcome looks pretty creepy!
Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Instead of carving out the stem and emptying the pumpkin guts from the top, try carving out the back and using the stem as a nose!
Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas
This carving is a cute, fun way to distribute candy to trick-or-treaters! Just make sure to refill her hair as the night goes on!
Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Grab a smaller pumpkin to create this creepy carving! If you don't want to carve the smaller one, you can decorate it with paint instead! 
Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas
This gross jack-o-lantern is a fun way to use your left over pumpkin guts, if you don't mind a little mess on your porch.
Kooky Pumpkin Carving Ideas
This is such a creative way to use your pumpkins and gourds! Make the eyes out of skewers and ping pong balls!

Hopefully you get some inspiration from our list of kooky pumpkin carving ideas! For more fun Halloween ideas, take a look at our Velde Ford Pinterest page! We post our favorite recipes, DIY projects, and much more! We hope everyone has a fun Halloween, but we want to make sure everyone is staying safe as well! Don't forget, as the weather cools down, it's important to make sure you're up to date on all of your vehicle maintenance services! Take a look at our Fall Car Care pages to help you get started! 

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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New Ford Technology Addresses Issue of "Petextrians" - 10/25/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every eight minutes, a pedestrian is injured by a motor vehicle. We've seen all of the warnings about distracted driving, but what about distracted walking? Hopefully, Ford's Newest technology will address the issue of "Petextrians."

New Ford Technology Addresses Issue of "Petextrians"

A "petextrian," as defined by UrbanDictionary.com, is "One who texts while walking, usually unaware of their surroundings." Many nations across the globe have already implemented their own process when it comes to dealing with distracted walkers. But what if we could take care of the problem, before it happens? That's what Ford hopes to do with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

New Ford Technology Addresses Issue of "Petextrians"

Using radar and camera technology, the vehicle is able to scan the road for potential collision risks. Right now, the system is able to detect pedestrians in daylight, good weather conditions, and at speeds up to 50 mph. It has the ability to apply the vehicle's full braking force in hopes of avoiding a frontal collision. Like all Ford Collision Assist features, Pedestrian Detection cannot replace the attentiveness of the driver, but simply aims to reduce the amount of avoidable accidents.

The testing and algorithms used to create the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection were extensive and complex. The idea is to be able to predict the future by detecting where the pedestrian will walk in relation to the vehicle. Fords latest video demonstrates how this new technology addresses the issue of "Petextrians."


We'd like to encourage everyone to refrain from distracted walking, as well as distracted driving! Protect yourself and others from avoidable and dangerous accidents! We care about all of our customers at Velde Ford and we want everyone to stay safe! To see more about what we do at Velde Ford, visit our Who is Velde Ford page


Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Fall Baking Recipes That Will Warm You Up - 10/21/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – With the chilly fall weather in full swing, it's the perfect time to put your apron on and get baking! Pumpkin and apple flavors line the supermarket shelves and coffee shop menus. Take advantage of the season's delicious produce and try our fall baking recipes that will warm you up!

1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Fall Baking Recipes That Will Warm You Up
The best thing about muffins is that you can get away with eating dessert for breakfast! These pumpkin cream cheese muffins are the perfect fall treat!

2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall Baking Recipes That Will Warm You Up
This twist on a classic is a fun way to convert your simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, to a fun fall recipe! All you need to add is pumpkin and a few spices!

3. Crockpot Baked Apples

Fall Baking Recipes That Will Warm You Up
No fall season would be complete without baked apples! This recipe is for a slowcooker, but you can easily alter it to use the oven instead! 

4. Caramel Glazed Apple Bread

Fall Baking Recipes That Will Warm You Up
Put those tasty fall apples to good use with this caramel glazed apple bread! It would go great with a class of apple cider!

5. Maple Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Fall Baking Recipes That Will Warm You Up
These fun cupcakes blend two fall flavors for the perfect seasonal dessert! Plus, who doesn't love a good cupcake?

Head to the kitchen this season and get baking with these fall recipes that will warm you up! Baking is great way to spend time with the whole family! Recruit the kids to help you out! Don't forget to warm up your car this fall, too! Check out our Fall Car Care pages from Velde Ford Pekin! 

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Who is Velde Ford? - 10/18/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Who is Velde Ford? Let us tell you. For nearly 60 years, Velde Ford in Pekin, Illinois has been committed to bringing our community and neighbors the most extraordinary car dealership experience imaginable. We've undergone many changes throughout the years but one thing always seems to remain the same: we're family.

If we've learned one thing over all this time, it's that we are nothing without our team members and community. We're so much more than just the shiny cars you see on the lot. We're one big team made up of technicians, clean up crew, new care prep members, sales people, office administrators, and anything in between! We would be no where without our loyal guests and we would like to extend an invitation to all of you. We want to invite you to join our family. Turn to us when you need someone you can count on. We lean on each other, and we want you to lean on us, too.

Who is Velde Ford?

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We know that the car business has a lot of turnover, sometimes this makes our industry seem untrustworthy. But not at Velde Ford. Our staff is full of people who love what they do. We truly believe that our service and sales team will provide you with the best experience you can imagine, and we want you to come see what it's like to be taken care of at Velde Ford!

So, who is Velde Ford? We're family, plain and simple! To get an even better idea of who we are and what we value, take a look at our Who is Velde Ford page at VeldeFordPekin.com. Here you'll find a few videos that we think really paint a picture of the experience we're trying to create for our guests. We hope to see you soon!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Everyone is Buzzing About Ford's Rouge Complex Guests - 10/14/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Everyone is buzzing about Ford's Rouge Complex guests. They're not your typical business partners or future employees. Honeybees have been on the decline for the past 30 years and have recently been labeled as endangered. As part of Ford's environmental initiative, Ford employee Mary Mason has accepted the role of resident bee keeper.

Everyone is Buzzing About Ford's Rouge Complex Guests

Mason cares for 80,000 honeybees that are responsible for pollinating the crab apple trees at the complex. She checks on them during her lunch breaks, and even on the weekends to make sure they're active. She says she cares for them like she would her pets. 

"They’re really unselfish,” said Mason. “They do everything to preserve the hive, sacrificing themselves to make sure their hive continues for the next generation of bees. I think it’s just a beautiful thing.”



The honeybee population is extremely sensitive to pesticides, and have been impacted by colony collapse disorder, parasites, and pathogens over the past three decades. Bees are an important aspect of agriculture in the United States, as they're responsible for the pollination of crops. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, managed honeybee colonies add at least $15 billion to the agriculture industry annually. 

Everyone is Buzzing About Ford's Rouge Complex Guests

In addition to the bees at the Rouge plant, Ford assisted in the rescue and removal of thousands of honeybees at the Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, and at the old St. Thomas Assembly Plant in Canada. 

Everyone is buzzing about Ford's Rouge Complex guests! Honeybees are such an important part of our ecosystem, we're so proud to support Ford and their environmental initiatives! We want to say a big thank you to Mary Mason for caring for Ford's honeybees like family! At Velde Ford in Pekin, we want you to feel like you're in the family when you stop by our dealership or service center! Check out our latest video "Who is Velde Ford?" on Facebook or Youtube!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home - 10/11/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get the kids involved in some fun, spooky Halloween activities to try at home! These activities are perfect for children of all ages, and incorporate a number of sensory and science-based experiments. Some of them are so cool, mom and dad will be glad they got to try them, too!

1. Boo Bubbles

Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home
These giant dry ice bubbles are a fun, mind-boggling experiment that can be performed fairly easily right at home!

2. Dancing Gummy Worms

Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home
This simple trick uses baking soda and vinegar to bring your gummy candies to life before your eyes!

3. Spider Web Water Color

Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home
Use light colored crayons or pastels to draw spooky spider webs. Have the kids paint over them with dark water color paint for this fun effect.


Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home
It only takes a few ingredients to create this sensory experience. Kids will love the goop, and you'll love how simple it is to create!

5. Apple Stamp Pumpkins

Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home
Simply cut an apple in half to make the perfect pumpkin shaped stamp! Decorate your jack-o-lanterns with more paint after they've dried!

6. Fizzy Jack-O-Lanterns

Spooky Halloween Activities to Try at Home
Use baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap for this dramatic fizzy pumpkin. Save this one for a nice day, you might want to try it outside since it can be a little messy.

Test out these spooky Halloween activities to try at home! They're guaranteed to keep the kids entertained! Sensory based science experiments and crafts are a great learning opportunity for children! Use the magic surrounding Halloween to spend some fun time together!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Fall Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin - 10/06/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Fall is creeping up on us and that means chillier temperatures are just around the corner! We want you to be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you by keeping up with your vehicle maintenance. We've compiled a few webpages for Fall Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin and included the maintenance services that we suggest you take care of before the weather gets cold. We included things such as belt and hose vehicle maintenance, windshield care, vehicle heating and ventilation system service, weather strip replacement, and how to create an emergency vehicle kit! We want to make sure you're always staying safe out on the road! Arrive safely to your destination by checking out all of our Fall Car Care pages:

Fall Car Care at Velde Ford Pekin

Belts & Hoses: On this page we discuss the different types of belts and hoses that can be found inside your vehicle. We talk about what each one does to keep your car running and how often they need to be serviced. We also mention signs that your belts or hoses need to be replaced such as squeaking noises and visible fluid leaks. We want to keep your car running efficiently so be sure to follow our tips for belt and hose vehicle maintenance for Fall Car Care.

Windshield Care: Here we talk about ways your windshield can become damaged and how to avoid chips and cracks in your glass. We discuss why your windshield is important to the structural integrity of your vehicle and why it's necessary to fix damages in your vehicle's glass as soon as you can. Specifically, how cracks and chips can become larger during cooler seasons and why you should have them fixed during your Fall Car Care!

Vehicle Heating & Ventilation: On the vehicle heating and ventilation page, we mention the reasons your heating and ventilation system is important to your vehicle. We talk about the different components of the system and how you can tell if you might have a problem. Your heating and ventilation system is important to take care of during Fall Car Care because it keeps you warm in your vehicle, but it also helps your engine run properly!

Vehicle Weather Strips: On the weather strip replacement page, we tell you all about the different weather strips and seals on you vehicle and where they're located. Vehicle Weather strips do more than seal out the elements, they secure vehicle components in place while you're driving! Read this page for help deciding if your weather strips need to be replaced or repaired for Fall Car Care!

Emergency Vehicle Kit: An emergency vehicle kit is great to have in all types of weather! On this page we have compiled a list of items to have in your car at all times, like jumper cables and a flashlight. We also included a list of cold weather items that you might need if you find yourself stranded in the snow! Check out our emergency vehicle kit page to get prepared during Fall Car Care!

Once you read through all of our Fall Car Care pages at Velde Ford Pekin, we think you'll see the importance of readying your vehicle for the cooler temperatures ahead! We'd love to help you with any maintenance service you may need for your belts and hoses, windshield care, heating and ventilation system, or weather strips, and we'd be happy to answer any questions about creating your own emergency car kit! Let us know if we can help by calling (888) 221-2804, or you can schedule an appointment on our website! You can also refer to our service FAQ page if you have any additional questions!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season - 10/05/2016

PEKIN, Ill. –– In light of the year's most colorful season, we took to Pinterest to find some ways to bring autumn into the kitchen. It's no secret that just about everything contains apples or pumpkins this time of year, but what most people don't realize is there are tons of ways to alter recipes to make them healthier! You can have skinny eats and indulgent treats. We thought we'd save you some time by creating a list of scrumptious fall-inspired recipes to try this season
Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Scrumptious Fall-Inspired Recipes to Try This Season

Do you have any other scrumptious fall-inspired recipes we should try this season? Share them with us by commenting below! Also, don't forget to head to our Pinterest page here for more fall-spiration! While you're browsing for fall recipes, head over to our Youtube and check out our latest video to see what Velde Ford is really about! We don't think you'll be disappointed!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Ford Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community - 09/28/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – The Ford Drive 4 UR School program has been in existence since 2007. In 2012 Ford introduced its counterpart, Drive 4 UR Community. Both programs began as a way for Ford to showcase their vehicles while simultaneously helping to raise funds for schools and organizations.

Since the implementation of the Ford Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community, $35 million have been raised to help benefit local communities in America.


Ford Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community

How Does it Work?

Any school or community based organization is encouraged to enroll their event at FordDrive4UR.com. Currently, enrollment is closed, but it will reopen again in 2017. On the date of your event, a local Ford dealer will provide Ford vehicles for community members to test drive. For each eligible test drive, your school or organization will earn $20, up to a total of $6,000.


Ford Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community

Who Can Participate? 

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older with a valid drivers license is eligible to participate in the test drive event. Students and organization members are encouraged to attend even if they do not meet this guideline.


Ford Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community

How Does it Help?

The money donated to your school or organization can be spent in many ways! School budgets are tight, non-profit organizations are struggling. School supplies, pet supplies, sports equipment, and food pantry items are just a few things that a Ford Drive 4 UR School or Drive 4 UR Community event could help fund.

If you're interested in partnering with Ford to help benefit your local school or organization, be sure to keep an eye on next year's enrollment period! For more information or to get in contact with a representative, visit FordDrive4UR.com! While you wait for enrollment to open up, be sure to test drive your own Ford vehicle at Velde Ford Pekin! We'd love to have you stop by the dealership!

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Decorate Your Home for Fall - 09/27/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It's finally fall and that means the weather is getting crisp and the days are getting shorter. You can make your home a little more cozy by decorating for fall! Whether it's scary Halloween decorations or fall flowers and pumpkins, take a look at our favorite ways to decorate your home for fall! For more information on how to complete these DIY projects, and for more ways to get your house looking like fall, check out our Velde Ford Pekin Pinterest page!


1. DIY Doormat

Decorate Your Home for Fall
Paint your own personalized welcome mat with paint from the craft store! You could go for something a little less spooky, like pumpkins or leaves, or stick to the halloween theme! 

2. Crafty Mobile

Decorate Your Home for Fall
Let the kids get involved by having them paint with fall colors on white paper. Cut out the shapes of leaves and attach them to a branch with fishing wire. Hang it on the wall or from the sealing to bring fall indoors!

3. Hanging Sunflowers

Decorate Your Home for Fall
Using styrofoam balls and twine from the craft store, you can create these hanging sunflowers to decorate inside or outside of your home! Pick up some fake flowers and trim the stems to fit into the styrofoam.

4. Decorative Pinecones

Decorate Your Home for Fall
If you want something a little different that the typical wreath to hang on the door, try decorating some pinecones and stringing them up to make a fall inspired decoration! If you can't find your own pinecones to decorate, the craft store should have plenty this time of year.

5. Creative Pumpkin Carving

Decorate Your Home for Fall
We're sure you're going to want to carve pumpkins for Halloween, but switch it up this fall! You can use stickers and permanent markers to get this crafty haunted house look for your pumpkins!

We want your family to feel nice and cozy as the weather changes, so we hope our favorite DIY decoration projects will help you decorate your home for fall! Don't forget to keep your car nice and cozy as the air gets cool! Schedule a service appointment online and we can check out your heating system to make sure everything is working properly!

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America - 09/22/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – Ford Motor Company's new collaboration with Girl Scouts Councils is creating encouraging atmospheres for young girls to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math related fields (STEAM). By introducing elementary school students to the Girls Fast Track Race program, collaborators feel it will provide girls with a creative environment to learn about high tech fields of study.

Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America

Four Girl Scouts Councils, Tropical Florida, Southeastern Michigan, Northeast Texas, and Northern New Jersey, have partnered with Ford, and participated in the Girls Fast Track Race program. The program provides a hands-on learning experience for 200 girls from each district, allowing them to learn about the automotive engineering industry, and build their own track race cars.

Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America

Ford's commitment to STEAM education corresponds with their desire to inspire and educate young students. This collaboration is just one of the many programs now being offered through www.fordsteamexperience.com. Visit the website to learn more about programs near you!

Ford Motor Company Collaborates with Girl Scouts of America

“We believe that all young children have an aptitude for technical subjects – what’s often lacking is the encouragement and additional support to succeed,” Tracy Magee, Ford primary brand experiential manager said. “Ford is deeply committed to education and through creative programs such as the Girls’ Fast Track Races, we hope to spark excitement among the youth and inspire them to pursue future careers in high-tech fields.”

Ford Motor Company's collaboration with Girl Scouts Councils across America and their ongoing effort to promote STEAM related education is exciting and important for our youngest generation. With help and encouragement from Ford, these young students will be inspired to pursue high-tech career paths. At Velde Ford Pekin, we think this partnership is a great testimony to Ford's commitment to bettering our communities. 

Don't Forget to enter for your chance to win a 2 year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape! The winner will be announced this Saturday, September 24th! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall - 09/19/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – It's the perfect time of year to drink apple cider and eat donuts! The days are getting shorter and cooler, but there's still a touch of warmth in the air. If you're wondering what to do on your next day off, round up your family or friends and adventure to a near by apple orchard or cider mill! These seasonal specialty locations are only open for a portion of the year, so take advantage of the fall's best delicacies while they're around! Here are four apple orchards to check out this fall!

Christ Orchard - Elmwood, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Christ Orchard is located about 30 minutes from Pekin. They offer a wide variety of apples and other fall produce items.


Tanners Orchard - Speer, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Tanners Orchard is 45 minutes outside of Pekin. They offer fun for everyone, with a farmers market, you-pick apples, and a corn maze!

Jeffries Orchard - Springfield, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Jeffries is just about an hour away from Pekin. They offer a huge variety of fall produce and tons of fun for the whole family!

Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm - Clinton, Illinois

Apple Orchards to Check Out this Fall
Wagon Wheel is also just about an hour from Pekin. They have delicious cider and donuts and offer their famous cider slushies!

Plan a trip to one, or all, of these apple orchards to check out this fall! You won't be disappointed and we think you'll leave feeling perfectly full of cider and donuts. If you're planning any other fall road trips, you should schedule an appointment at Velde Ford Pekin! We'd love to make sure you're staying safe out on the road this season! 

Located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554, Velde Ford of Pekin is committed to providing customers outstanding service. We want you to enjoy your car buying experience. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to stop by the dealership or visit our website at www.VeldeFordPekin.com. You can also reach us at (888) 221-2804. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier - 09/15/2016

PEKIN, Ill., – This time of the year can be busy! With school back in session and sports and activities in full swing, you might not feel like cooking dinner every night of the week. These freezer-to-crockpot meals should make your life a little easier on those hectic evenings. Set aside a few hours to prep when you have some spare time and you’ll always have something to pop into the slow cooker. Also keep in mind that most slow cooker recipes can be altered to be freezer-friendly by simply leaving out the liquids until it’s time to cook! Simple, hearty, and delicious, you and your family are sure to be pleased!

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki 

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

2. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

3. Ham & Navy Bean Stew

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

4. White Chicken Chili

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

5. Potato Corn Chowder

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals to Make Your Life Easier

We hope our favorite freezer-to-crockpot meals make your life easier this school year! Don't feel stressed about what to cook for dinner every single night! Make a few of these ahead of time so you can toss one into to the slow cooker and have a hot meal ready when you walk through the door at the end of the day! Make the rest of your life a little easier too, by winning a two year lease on a 2017 Ford Escape! We're celebrating Velde Ford's 60th Anniversary with a vehicle giveaway, so enter online for your chance to win! 

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: VeldeFordPekin.com for more information.

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