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Impressed by half century of Petunia Fests

The 50th annual Dixon Petunia Festival is upon us. We congratulate the organizers and volunteers. We encourage people to attend as many events as they can.

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 8:36 a.m. CDT

To say that this year's Dixon Petunia Festival is impressive would be an understatement.

First of all, the festival, which runs today through Sunday, marks a major anniversary in 2014.

For 50 years, the Dixon Petunia Festival board of directors has presented what has become the premier summer festival in the Sauk Valley.

To keep such a volunteer enterprise up and running for half a century certainly impresses us.

Next is the impressive lineup of entertainment and activities that begins at 6 a.m. today with a pancake breakfast and ends at 9:30 p.m. Sunday with the huge fireworks show along the Rock River.

In between are more than 50 scheduled events over 5 days, with such a variety that the adage "something for everyone" surely applies.

From live music, contests, art, and food to a parade, fireworks, 5K race and marching bands, the 50th Petunia Festival delivers.

We encourage people to refer to Tuesday's paper for a complete schedule of events. Festival booklets are also available at various locations throughout town.

And from that impressive schedule, make plans to attend the activities that mesh with your interests.

Another thing that impresses us: the community involvement in this festival.

Community groups large and small take a hand in making the 5 days a fun time.

Looking at the schedule, we see involvement by the Dixon Park District, Dixon Elks Lodge, Dixon Area Garden Club, Dixon Wonder Workers 4-H Club, Dixon Municipal Band, Dixon Main Street, Dixon Family YMCA, Dixon High School soccer teams, Lee County Historical Society, and Dixon Ministerial Association. Many local businesses are involved.

With that kind of buy-in, no wonder the festival has succeeded for so long.

Now it's time for the public to go out and enjoy all that the 50th annual Dixon Petunia Festival has to offer.

An impressive turnout would be a fitting, proper and fun way to repay festival organizers and volunteers for all they've done.

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