Congratulations to Our 2024 Royalty!

Photos by Jennifer Lubbs

Petunia Festival King

Tyler Zepezauer, son of Christy and Paul Zepezauer, is the 2024 Petunia Festival King. Tyler is a student at Dixon High School where he participates in Key Club, Student Council, and Theater. He has served as a class officer since his Freshman year, and has played on the DHS football and track teams. Tyler works at the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA as a lifeguard and also plays on the Jr. Rockford Icehogs hockey team. After high school he plans to attend a four year college where he will study engineering or earn a tech degree.

Petunia Festival Queen

Tya Collins, daughter of Lauren Cecchetti and Tyron Collins, is the 2024 Petunia Festival Queen. Tya attends Dixon High School where she plays golf and is on the track and dance teams. This year she has enjoyed spending some time in elementary classrooms during her school day, where she works with students and pursues her interest in education. Tya works at Dairy Delite and My Play Village. After high school, Tya plans to stay close to her family while pursuing a degree in political science or elementary education.

Pinky Petunia

Emma Olson, daughter of Amber & Corey Masters and Zachary Olson, is the 2024 Pinky Petunia. Emma is a student at Dixon High School where she participates in volleyball, track, and Key Club. She also played club volleyball in Rockford and danced at Centerstage for many years. Emma works at Arthur’s Garden Deli in Dixon. After high school, Emma hopes to attend Northwestern University or Purdue Northwest to study to become a Nephrologist.

Petunia Festival Attendant

Owen Winters, son of Jackie Krull and Nathan Winters, is the 2024 Petunia Festival Male Attendant. Owen attends Dixon High School where he is involved in the music and theater departments. He has participated in the DHS Honors Choir, ILMEA Chorus, Dixon Madrigals, DHS plays and musicals, as well as community theater in Dixon, Polo, and Sterling. Owen also is a part of Key Club, Student Council, Choir Board, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the Tennis team. After high school, Owen plans to study music education.

Petunia Festival Attendant

Elyse Stevens, daughter of Angie & Jeremy Allison and Kirk Stevens, is the 2024 Petunia Festival Female Attendant. Elyse attends Faith Christian School where she plays volleyball and is on the school’s trap shooting team. She also is a part of the Key Club and Student Council. Elyse has a love of music, playing guitar, bass, piano, drums, and ukelele. She is on the praise team at her church, oversees the chapel band at school, and is employed at Culvers in Dixon. After high school, Elyse plans on attending Oral Roberts University to major in early childhood education and minor in music.

Now Seeking 2024 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:



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):

  • the attached 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).

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 Friday, March 22, 2024. If you prefer, you may email a complete packet to instead of dropping off a hard copy. Complete applications that are turned in by 4pm March 22nd will be accepted for consideration.

Judging for the royalty will take place Sunday, April 7, 2024 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 7th 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 7th.

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

Pinky's 50/50 Christmas Cash

$20 Per Ticket

Only 500 Tickets Sold

Drawing: 8pm Friday, December 1, 2023 at the end of the Dixon Christmas Walk.

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.