“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".  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pekin,_Illinois
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!!