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Letters to the Editor

A festive 50th anniversary for Petunia Festival

On behalf of the Dixon Petunia Festival Board, we’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who helped with the success of the 50th anniversary of the Dixon Petunia Festival. We were very pleased with how the events turned out, including the new ones added for this year’s festival. 

We saw an increase in sponsor support this year. Without the community business support, the festival wouldn’t be able to grow. Our deepest gratitude for their sponsorships. And, the hundreds of volunteers who worked at the gates, provided security, helped run events, and helped clean up every night, are greatly appreciated.

We moved the Petunia Festival office into the Dixon Main Street office, and that partnership of two non-profits sharing many of the tasks and resources allowed the festival to spend more dollars raised on events, rather than operational costs.  

This was one of our largest parades in many years. Additional floats and drum corps offered a very festive atmosphere. Returning this year was Drum Corp competition Sunday night. The stands were full.

To finish off the festival with an extra-long fireworks show was a perfect end to the weeklong events. The Dixon Police, fire departments and their staff need to be commended for the many hours they put in to keep festival goers safe. And lastly, except for the weather on Wednesday evening, we were blessed with sunshine and good weather.

The final results will be calculated soon, and the board will begin planning for next year. If you’re interested in serving on committees or on the Petunia Festival board, please contact us.

Thank you to the Sauk Valley for making this year’s 50th celebration very special. The festival has grown a lot in 50 years, and we look forward to building the festival for many years to come.

Note to readers: Andrew Brockwell is president of the Dixon Petunia Festival Board.

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