Royalty

Congratulations to Our 2020 Royalty!

EMILY DREW
Petunia Festival Queen

Tell me about your family:
My parents are Rhonda and Tim Drew, and I have two sisters, Katie and Rachel.

What do you intend to do after high school?
I would like to study Spanish and biology focusing on pre-med.

What are some of your hobbies?
I like to play soccer, volunteer with Key Club, and I am a mentor with Penguin Project.

Do you have a job?
I am a soccer referee with the YMCA, help out at the John Deere Historic Site, and babysit some awesome kiddos.

Have you done any volunteer or community service work?
I have done many miscellaneous volunteer activities, but my favorite ones have been American Red Cross blood drives, working in the OB department at KSB, and my absolute favorite is definitely Penguin Project.

What is your favorite part of the Petunia Festival?
My favorite part of Petunia Festival is that some many people from different areas come to Dixon for a festival that has so many activities that everyone can enjoy.

What is your favorite carnival food?
My favorite carnival food is lemon shake ups.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would that be?
I think I would choose Bethany Hamilton because even after she faced such a hardship, she pushed through to fulfill her dream.

What’s an accomplishment you are most proud of?
I would have to say either being elected as a Key Club Lieutenant Governor or being asked to be a Penguin Project Mentor Coordinator.

Any shoutouts?
I would like to thank my family, friends, and especially Mrs. Corken, who really pushes me to apply myself.

ISAIAH KUEHL
Petunia Festival King

Tell me about your family:
My mom, Jen Kuehl, is a third-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, and my dad, Mike Kuehl, is a state police officer. My brother, Noah, is an incoming freshman at Sauk Valley Community College, and my sister, Leah, is an incoming sophomore at Dixon High School.

What do you intend to do after high school?
My plan is to attend college after high school, but I am still unsure of my major or where I will be attending.

What are some of your hobbies?
Some hobbies of mine include running and training, and playing the trumpet for the high school and city band.

Have you done any volunteer or community service work?
Yes I have volunteered several times at the Dixon Public Library, coached teams for the YMCA, and helped with theatre programs at Reagan Middle School and Woodlawn Arts Academy.

What is your favorite part of the Petunia Festival?
My favorite part of the Petunia Festival is the carnival because I enjoy being able to just spend time with friends and be in a very enjoyable environment together.

What is your favorite carnival food?
My favorite carnival food is definitely funnel cake.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would that be?
I would eat lunch with Steve Carell.

What’s an accomplishment you are most proud of?
I am very proud to have been the third-chair trumpet player at the Big Northern Conference Band.

Any shoutouts?
I’d like to give a shoutout to all my friends and family who helped shape me into the person I am today. Special shoutout to mom, dad, brother and sister, and also my cat.

MALORI KELLY
Petunia Festival Attendant

Tell me about your family:
My parents are Chris and Jodi Kelly, and I have three younger siblings: Maci, Maverick and Maura.

What do you intend to do after high school?
I plan to attend Sauk Valley Community College and then transfer to a university to pursue a nursing degree. 

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy hiking, reading, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

Do you have a job?
I currently babysit some super awesome kids!

Have you done any volunteer or community service work?
I have volunteered at the Reagan Run for several years and visit the animal shelter.

What is your favorite part of the Petunia Festival?
My favorite part of the Petunia Festival are the fireworks because they are the perfect way to end the festival, and I have good memories with my family from watching the fireworks every year.

What is your favorite carnival food?
My favorite carnival food is definitely funnel cake.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would that be?
I would have lunch with Clara Barton because she founded the American Red Cross, an organization that has benefited and saved many for over a century.

What’s an accomplishment you are most proud of?
I recently earned my CNA certificate through SVCC, and I am very proud of that. I am also in the Sauk Academy, another accomplishment I am proud of.

Any shoutouts?
I would like to thank my family and friends who have shaped me into who I am today and supported me in everything I have done, and a special shoutout to my grandma Shawney.

LAUREN DALLAS
Pinky Petunia

Tell me about your family:
My parents are Mark and Jennifer Dallas. I have a brother, Josh.  And we have two dogs, Josey and Bela.

What do you intend to do after high school?
I intend to go to Sauk Valley Community College and, after that, Illinois State University to study education. 

What are some of your hobbies?
I like reading, cheering and listening to music.

Do you have a job?
In my free time I work at McDonald’s.

Have you done any volunteer or community service work?
I have done volunteer and community service work through cheer and Key Club. This includes many things, such as the United Way Day of Caring, volunteering for Lee County Council On Aging, Shining Star and working the pancake breakfast for the Petunia Festival.

What is your favorite part of the Petunia Festival?
That would have to be the carnival.

What is your favorite carnival food?
My favorite carnival food is a corndog.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would that be?
Dodie (my favorite singer).

What’s an accomplishment you are most proud of?
Being chosen for Petunia Festival Court!

Any shoutouts?
I would like to shout out to my family.

What is your favorite color?
Pink, of course!

Now Seeking 2020 Royalty Applicants!

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:

Ladies

  • Petunia Festival Queen
  • Female Attendant
  • Pinky Petunia

Gentlemen

  • Petunia Festival King
  • Male Attendant

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:

  • completed application form
  • two personal reference letters (limit of one teacher/coach/counselor)
  • the signed parental consent form and contract, and
  • one photo of yourself (by yourself).

Packets should be dropped off to the Dixon Public Library (upstairs‐adult desk) by 4pm Wednesday, March 18,
2020. Complete applications that are turned in on time will be accepted for consideration.

Judging for the royalty will take place Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1pm at First United Methodist Church in Dixon. 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 29th and announced that afternoon.

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 March 29th.

If you have any questions, call DeAnne White at 815‐440‐0129.