By: Kara Duffy
April 23, 2014
Thomasville, GA- Bonnie McMillen, like hundreds of others in Thomasville, has made the Rose Show & Festival an annual family tradition.
"This is our eighth year living in town, so we've come every year. It's a wonderful time of year and everything is beautiful," she said.
Karen Smith, the Executive Director of Downtown Thomasville & Tourism says there will be plenty to do for the whole family.
"Parades, arts and crafts, a lot of activities for children, Art in the Park and lots of food; it really is a great weekend for the family."
Preparations were underway Wednesday as folks got ready for the kickoff event, which is the children's Rosebud Parade, set for Thursday evening.
"It's the cutest parade around," Smith said. "We always enjoy all the children; every child I think in Thomas County participates in this," Smith said.
Folks will also be able to enjoy some of their festival favorites, like the Rose Tent along Broad Street.
Organizers say this year, attendees can also expect to see some additions to the weekend lineup.."
"We have a trolly, a complimentary trolly for downtown for the whole weekend and it's going to be running the whole festival route," Smith said.
For the first time, the Rose Show will be held the same weekend as the musical festival, Due South.
Also new this year, a fireworks show.
Organizers say all together, the weekend festivities offer a big boost to the local economy.
"Our hotels are busy. Our restaurants are busy. There's people shopping all over town. They're buying gas. So it's really important to our community," Smith added.
For a complete list of the 2014 festival schedule go to: http://www.thomasvillega.com/Content/Default/8/321/320/thomasville-visitor%27s-center/festivals/thomasville-rose-show-and-festival.html