Get Ready For The Rose Show And Festival

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Thomasville will be celebrating the ever-famous Rose Show and Festival this weekend! This beloved tradition started in 1922 and has only grown since then. Take a look at all that will be happening this year.


The first Rose Show was held in Neel’s Department Store, and it was an impressive display. Roses covered the store, and it was clear that future events would require a bigger location. As years passed, the community got more and more involved in creating unique rose displays, including a life-size horse! Additional events and flowers were added, and now the Rose Show and Festival is prominently featured downtown.


Orchids on Parade is the big event starting the day. It starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and members will be around to answer any questions about the flowers. At 1 p.m. the 101st Annual Rose Show will begin. If you want to enter a rose into the show, make sure to bring it in the morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. The day ends with the Rose Parade and the Street Dance immediately after. Both events will be filled with lively music so get ready to move!


While Friday boosts many great events, Saturday is the main attraction for most. Start your day by attending the Rose City Walk or entering the tournament held at Rose City Golf Classics. Orchids on Parade will reopen with the same hours as Friday, and the Civic Garden Club Flower Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 101st Annual Rose Show will also be reopening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make sure to check out local artisans, enjoy local food, and see some unique cars throughout the day! Festivities will end with the finale at 7 p.m. and fireworks immediately after.

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Other Events

Keep an eye out around town for sights of roses! Many businesses have already begun celebrating with specials and window decorations. Get a taste of roses with the Roses in Restaurants event, where participating restaurants create unique, limited-time dishes. You can also learn even more about the history at the Thomasville History Center.

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