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      Petunias perk up downtown Charlevoix


      H

      undreds of volunteers planted thousands of flowers along
      US-31 in Charlevoix just in time for summer.


      E

      ach year

      ,

      the whole c

      ommunity

      comes together for
      Operation Petunia.


      Thursday,

      60

      ,000

      pink, red, and purple petunias were placed along five miles of highway going right through the city.


      W

      ithin an hour

      ,

      nearly 800 volunteers finished planting all of the flowers

      .


      "O

      h it just adds so much character

      ,

      charisma

      ,

      and charm to the community it really does

      ," Charlevoix Resident Karen Moon explained.



      "W

      henever we travel

      ,

      we say were from
      Charlevoix and they say oh that's the petunia town and we say yup that's it."


      O

      peration
      Petunia is funded strictly through private donations.


      To make this project a reality,

      organizers
      from Keep Charlevoix Beautiful collect $30,000 each year.

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