It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pekin Illinois 2012 Marigold Festival

http://www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.htm

http://marigoldfestival.blogspot.com/

“The Marigold Festival was started in 1973 to honor one of Pekin's "favorite sons", Senator Everett Dirksen.  While in the United States Congress, Dirksen tried to have the marigold named as the national floral emblem. In support of Dirksen, the community began growing marigolds. While unsuccessful in the national flower contest, Dirksen's hometown of Pekin became known as the "Marigold Capital of the World".    [8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pekin,_Illinois

Hannah2 Miss Marigold 2012

Hannah Finley, Miss Marigold 2012

I have mentioned before that the city I live in now is known as the Marigold Capital of the World.   The Marigold Festival begins this Friday and ends on Sunday.

Thunderstorms all around here this morning.  The weather radio first woke me up this morning at 4 AM with a severe thunderstorm warning.

Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

27 comments:

  1. I've actually always liked Marigolds though it's been a while since I've actually grown any. I'm kind of surprised that Miss Marigold wouldn't have a bouquet of Marigolds. Supposedly storms arrive here tomorrow...I sure hope so. Have a wonderful day my friend.

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  2. Lovely Miss Marigold!

    For some reason, we have no marigolds planted this year. They are good to have around the garden to deter certain pests.

    I hope you have a good Wednesday, Beth!

    xo Nellie

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  3. Hi Beth

    Yes I like marigolds too. Hope thunder storms were not too severe

    Take Care - Hugs Nita

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  4. Those are nice flowers but I don't care much for the smell of them. Very pretty girl in the photo..rained some yesterday but they are fading out across the lake as they go east this morning.We might be in for trouble later today. XX00

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  5. Such a lovely Miss Marigold.

    Glad you're getting rain. I'm still waiting. Stay safe!

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  6. They are pretty flowers, for sure. Don't have any planted. You know I have lots of roses, and Jack seems fascinated with Day Lilies. Would like a better variety but those darn lilies seem to spread like wildfire taking up all the space. Even choking off a rose plant. GRRRRRR! What a lovely young lady.

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  7. I remember Everett Dirksen! He was a colorful man!

    My grandfather always planted marigolds in his yard and every Sunday before church, he would pick one and place it in his lapel. I would comment on what a pretty flower he had and step up on my tippy toes to smell it....not so great smelling, but pretty none the same. Thanks for bringing this memory to my mind this morning. I loved my grandfather so much!

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  8. i hope you get rain but stay safe, too.

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  9. What a beautiful girl. I love the history!

    We have the Daffodil Princess here :)

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  10. How very interesting! My late mama loved marigolds. This young lady is so pretty.
    Here in GA, we have a Crape Myrtle city and an apple capital!!!

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  11. Hello Beth, LOVE community and county festivals! They just bring everyone together in a happy way! Love/hate weather radios too - very necessary when you have storms and such - but they do disturb sleep sometimes! I hope you're having a blessed week,
    Kathy

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  12. I like to grow some Marigolds every year. There are some very nice varieties to choose from. Miss Marigold is a beautiful young lady.

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  13. Inove marigolds and haven't had any that did much good in ages. They are always so small and then they peter out.

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  14. If your Marigolds are the same as ours, I love the colour, rich gold, but they are a magnet for blackfly.
    Your weather is a bit extreme, be safe

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  15. I grew up (from the age of five) in Fridley (suburb of Minneapolis) on Marigold Terrace!! So, I have always been partial to them. Cool! :):)

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  16. Marigolds was very pretty girl.
    We has bad weather after 10am thunder storm after two hours think much stop with no more playing in the golf but until I finish my golfing. (8-30am - 12-30am)
    I hope you will enjoy day.

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  17. We had really heavy rainstorms in the middle of the day. It has stopped for now though. I love marigolds. They are pretty and easy to grow.

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  18. Pretty girl representing pretty Marigolds. We get a little rain every now and then, just not enough.

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  19. What a pretty girl. I need to go get some marigolds! xo Diana

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  20. Love the title....marigolds are some of my favorite flowers and I love the smell. As for the crazy weather....gotta love it. Sounds like a fun way to start the day. Love storms like these. Stay dry:)

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  21. What a lovely Ms. Marigold and love flowers are pretty too. HUGS we are experiencing thunder storms also but our worries are fires from lightening strikes!! stay safe

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  22. I bet Pekin is pretty this time of year with all those flowers!!

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  23. I love marigolds! What a nice post! I love your Header, too. I love trees, and that is magnificent.

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  24. We love marigolds also! They were my father's favorite flowers and I always think of him when I see them. I absolutely love your Tuesday's post about the price of gas. We are a family that is barely making it! I pay the bills and will have some money left over ;) and before I know it, you fill the gas tank up and I'm telling hubby our checkbook is running low! I try so hard not to go anywhere during the week except down to the high school to pick Michael up from football practice, but that's a 15 minute trip one way. To fill my tank is around $75 a week. Hubby usually does his twice a week and we have the same car. I am in no way complaining. I'm grateful that each week the Lord provides for us.

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  25. I have spots and plots of marigolds running through my gardens...they are such a cheerful little flower, and I didn't know any of this about Pekin!! I plant them for pest dterrents...

    We had some crazy weather yesterday, complete with tornado warnings.

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  26. Just love Marigolds deep colours , pretty girl Miss Marigold .
    Hope you get rain soon Beth
    Hug Sheila xx

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