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Petunia Fest buttons are here

Buttons date back to the first festival

DIXON – The 2014 Dixon Petunia Festival buttons are now available.

The buttons date back to the first year – 1964 – when the Beta Sigma Phi sorority was given permission by the festival board to produce the official button.

The Petunia Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with music, food and events July 2-6.

This year’s button was designed by Sandy Schuler of Dixon, who works at Dezine 99. The design includes a picture of the Dixon arch, fireworks and the words, “Fifty Years of Memories.”

Buttons cost $3 and are available to the Dixon Welcome Center, the Northwest Territory Historic Center or by calling Helen Bothe at 815-284-7626.

The sorority has used previous proceeds to buy books for the Dixon Public Library, given food to a local food pantry and donated money to Granny Rose Animal Shelter, among other things.

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