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City and Township Recognize Zinnia Contest Winners


October 12, 2018

Top Winners of Zinnias for Zion Contest

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the City of Zion and the Zion Township presented certificates, medallions, plaques and awards to winners of the Zinnias for Zion contest. In March, the Zion City Council passed a resolution to make Zinnia the official flower for the city.

Approximately 65 people, businesses and organizations were thanked for their involvement. This included Anton's Greenhouse for growing 212 flats and three seed companies, Joyful Butterfly, Applewood Seed Company and Ball Horticultural Company for donating enough seeds to distribute 1500 packets to the community. Northwest Auto and Tire, Deb's Unique Closet, Market Square Hotel, Ace Hardware, the Zion Park District, Zion Township, City of Zion, Zion Benton Library, and Roger's Towing all distributed the seeds. Others recognized included Debbie Pauke, Mary Hiltibran, Lou Hiltibran, Laura Murrie, Rosemary Kauth, Wendy Driver and Syndy Nugent, Jared Rathge, Kris Seegren, Jodi Petree and Kelsi, John and Peggie Steele, Kathy Champine, Gibbie Buchholtz and Elroy Reed.

The Illinois Dunesland Garden Club sponsored the prizes for the yard contest, and co-president April Meyers as well as Roger Whitmore served as judges for the yard contest. Roger Whitmore and his wife Kathy donated prizes, along with Anton's Greenhouse and Zion Township.

"Three people were especially thanked for their involvement and support," says Cheri Neal, the key driver of the Zinnia Project. "The first two were true champions of the project. Sally Gustafson was the brain-child of how to make the project succeed. She was responsible for planting more locations than anyone and her contribution truly made the project a success."

Neal said that Mike Priller planted Zinnias in several Park District locations and that he took incredible pride in his displays.

"The official Volunteer of the Year was Joe Knobbe," Neal explained. "He had an entire watering system set up in his car and made it his personal responsibility to make sure the Zinnias flourished. His dedication to the project was appreciated more than he could know."

The Zinnias for Zion committee selected a list of Top 10 winners. The top six received plaques, and the rest received medallions.

1.David Osborne – Zion Park District's Hermon

Park Center - business

House Winner for Zinnias for Zion Contest

2. Baltazar Aviles – 2716 Bethel Blvd., - home

3. N & T's

4. Zion Senior Cottages

5. Rae Markobrad -3003 29th St., - home

6. Rolling Hills Campus

7. Culvers

8. Congdon's Funeral Home

9. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

10. Zion-Benton Public Library

Plans are under way for next year's Color Zion with Zinnias event. Check out http://www.ZinniasforZion.com or the Zinnias for Zion Facebook Page for more information.


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