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Petunia Festival mainstay Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers celebrated for 58 years of performances

Grobe receives city proclamation

Lyle Grobe, seated in front of percussionist Dennis Milby, performs on Sunday from the Stella main stage at the Dixon Petunia Festival. The Dixon City Council proclaimed Sunday as Lyle Grobe day in recognition of his string of performances at 58 Petunia Festivals. In 1968, Grobe recorded the festival anthem "It''s Petunia Time in Dixon" and in 2009 was the grand marshal for the parade.
Lyle Grobe, band leader of the Rhythm Ramblers, performs Sunday from the Stella main stage as part of the Dixon Petunia Festival. Grobe was the grand marshal for the Petunia Festival parade in 2009.
A couple dances during the performance of Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers on Sunday in front of the Stella main stage at the Dixon Petunia Festival.
A crowd of more than a 100 congregates under shade trees and tents to listen to Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers perform Sunday from the Stella main stage at the Dixon Petunia Festival. Grobe has appeared at all 58 Petunia Festivals, recorded the festival's anthem in 1968 and was the parade's grand marshal in 2009.
Lisa Allen-Grobe on vocals smiles before singing a number with Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers on Sunday during the Petunia Festival.
Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.