Jonathan Harrison, son of Alan and Dawn Harrison, is the 2023 Petunia Festival King. Jonathan is a student at Faith Christian School where he participates in soccer, basketball, and volleyball. He serves as the Vice President of the Key Club and is actively involved in his church and youth group. After high school, Jonathan plans on participating in the YWAM (Youth with a Mission) program. After that, he would like to attend a trade school where he can learn carpentry and architecture.
Teyla Wendt, daughter of Bob and DeeAnn Wendt, is the 2023 Petunia Festival Queen. Teyla is a student at Dixon High School where she participates in Key Club, the school drama department, both the cross country and track teams, and is the president of the student council. She currently serves as the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Secretary, where she oversees clubs across the states of Illinois and Eastern Iowa. She has continued to participate in community events by working at the Elks Lodge in their banquet room. After high school, Teyla plans to attend a four-year college to pursue her love of running and study to become a biology teacher.
Molly Oliver, daughter of Billy and Amy Oliver, is the 2023 Pinky Petunia. Molly is a student at Dixon High School where she is active in Honors Choir, theater, and madrigals. She was honored to represent DHS as a part of ILMEA District 8. She has used both her love of music and her passion for working with kids as she participated in the Dixon Public Schools All Schools Choir. She enjoys connecting with the people in her community through her job at Oliver’s Corner Market. Molly plans to pursue a degree in cosmetology after graduating high school.
Logan Devine, son of Mary Devine and Gerald Lott, is the 2023 Petunia Festival Male Attendant. Logan attends Newman High School where he runs on the cross country and track teams. He also participates in the school’s math team, student council, and musical theater. As a part of Boy Scouts, he has learned many life skills and is able to give back to his community. He is also employed at Culver’s in Dixon. After graduating, Logan plans to attend a four-year college to study engineering.
Katie Drew, daughter of Tim and Rhonda Drew, is the 2023 Petunia Festival Female Attendant. Katie attends Dixon High School where she has served as Vice President of the Class Officers, Student Council, and Key Club. She especially enjoys playing sports, such as basketball, soccer, and most especially golf. Katie has used her skills as a golfer to coach younger children during the summers. After high school, she plans to attend college to study nursing. One day Katie hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Each year the Dixon Petunia Festival Royalty Committee searches for candidates.
If you are someone who enjoys meeting people and representing Dixon as your hometown, you may be the person we are looking for! Our committee would like the Petunia Festival court to include the following roles:
Please apply for your preferred position by checking the box on your application form. (Only female candidates for Pinky, please!)
The candidates must be juniors with a Dixon address who are willing to give freely of their time during the Petunia Festival and on other special occasions. We are looking for outgoing and responsible individuals to fill these five positions. Your appearance will be required several times for several hours each day of the Festival and also for three or more area parades during the summer and fall.
Please download an application packet by clicking the button below. When completed, the following should be returned in a folder or envelope or via email (preferred):
Drop off this packet off in the mail slot to the right of the door in the Petunia Festival Office, 77 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, by Saturday, April 1, 2023. If you prefer, you may email a complete packet to firstname.lastname@example.org instead of dropping off a hard copy. Complete applications that are turned in by 4pm April 1st will be accepted for consideration.
Judging for the royalty will take place Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 1pm at the Petunia Festival Office. Only candidates who are available for this judging will be included for consideration as the court is selected at the conclusion of the judging on the 23rd and announced later that day.
Any candidates who are not chosen for the Petunia Festival Court will have the option to participate in the Petunia Festival Ambassador program. More details about this will be shared on April 23rd.
If you have any questions, call DeAnne White at 815‐440‐0129.
The winning ticket will be drawn by our 2023 Pinky Petunia, Molly Oliver. Proceeds support the Dixon Petunia Festival, a non-profit organization. Winner will receive 50% of actual sales, up to $5,000 and is responsible for all taxes. Need not be present to win.