Monday, June 25, 2012

Reagan Run, Petunia Festival and More!

Annual Reagan Run 5K Registration is heating up! -- More than 1,500 participants are expected for the annual Reagan Run 5K on Saturday, July 7 in downtown Dixon. The traditional race that is part of Dixon's Petunia Festival draws runners and walkers alike and has developed into the premier 5K race in the Sauk Valley area. The race is a benefit that helps several groups in Dixon including: The Dixon Athletic Boosters, Dixon Main Street, Dixon Park District and the Dixon YMCA Strong Kids. Online registration is available until Thursday, July 5 at or Early race packet pickup will be Friday, July 6 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Dixon Family YMCA. For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308 or email Nancy Varga at

Dixon Petunia Festival Schedule!
June 30 - July 8 -- Annual Dixon Petunia Festival with activities throughout the week. Go online to for all the details.

- July 4.  We need VIP parking from 6:00 - 10:00 (2 slots).  We also need 4 gate people (2 people per gate) from 7:30 - 10:30
- July 7 (Saturday).  We need VIP parking from 8:30 - 11:00 (2 slots).  1 gate from 12:30- 4:00, 2 gate from 4:00 - 7:30 and 3 beer tickets from 8:00 - 11:30.
If you can volunteer for the Petunia Festival, please call 815-288-2308 and we will get you to the right committee member!

Dixon Beer Festival
What a great event the Dixon Beer Festival was this past weekend. Great work by the Crystal Cork and all of their vendors and volunteers for putting on this great event for the city!

Musical Fridays Presented by Community State Bank
June 22 -- This week's artist is Jazzy Jeff. Join us every Friday at Noon on the Riverfront from June - September. The full schedule is on our Facebook page at

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
July Shop Talk -- The July Shop Talk has been cancelled so that we can celebrate at the Petunia Festival! The monthly merchants meeting will resume on Tuesday, August 7 at 5 p.m. at Books on First.

July 18 -- Lunch and Learn at the Post House Ballroom at Noon. This month's speaker is Shawn Ortgiesen from the City of Dixon. Catered by Basil Tree. Cost is just $3.

July 28 -- Midsummer's Jubilee is set for 6-11 p.m. on July 28 on the Riverfront in downtown Dixon. The evening will feature music by the Rock River Jazz Band and dinner by Mama Cimino's. The evening also will feature a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Riverfront's boat dock project and Dixon Main Street's John Dixon statue project. Tickets are $35 per person or a sponsored table of 8 for $280. For more information, call 815-288-2308.

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
June 30 -- In the Pink Dance at the Post House Ballroom/LCCOA. The dance is the official kick-off for the Petunia Festival. Cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Come to the Petunia Festival’s kick-off dance sponsored by the Lee County Council on Aging! Phaze band will provide music for your  dancing pleasure. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Flower pots painted by local artists and filled with petunias, will be sold by silent auction during the evening with proceeds benefiting the Senior Center and the Petunia Festival. Pots are on display and early bids will be accepted at the Dixon Senior Center. Those wearing pink will be placed in a drawing for a wonderful prize! Dress code is casual or dress-up. Cost is $12 per person, $20 per couple. Tickets are available at the Dixon Senior Center, and at the door.  Call 815-288-9236 for more information.

July 4 -- Inaugural Firecracker Bicycle Race 9:30 am start time/ Registration: 8:30 to 9:15 am Where: Washington School Course: Around Washington School Cost: Free TailWind Bicycle Repair, Dixon YMCA, and KSB is sponsoring the first ever, Firecracker bicycle race for kids!Parking for the event is available at Washington School for the duration of the race. Race will take approximately 20 minutes from start to finish. Children with little to no biking experience are encouraged to participate! Helmets and signed parental consent are required to participate. Parents are encouraged to ride or run along with beginners. Streets are closed and controlled by event volunteers at corners. For info, call 815-440-2685

Farmer's Market -- The Dixon Park District hosts its Farmer's Market every Wednesday and Saturdays 7 a.m. -- Noon at Haymarket Square at the corner of  Highland Ave and Second Street.

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