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91st Thomasville Rose Show and Festival in Bloom

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Thomasville, Georgia - April 27, 2012 - Noon

Today kicks off the 91st annual Rose Show and festival in downtown Thomasville. It starts at 1:45 this afternoon, but this morning Thomasville got a visit from the Georgia Supreme Court.

This was not a pretend session, it was an actual Supreme Court special session. The justices heard arguments on two cases. The first was an appeal by the state on a lower court's decision that threw out the murder convictions and death sentences given to a man for setting fire to his home and burning his three young children alive. In the second, Troup County appealed a decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals, arguing that it is immune from a lawsuit involving the death of a prison inmate under state law

They're doing this in an effort to make the courts business more accessible to the public. They do this outside of Atlanta every year. Later on the justices are serving as honorary Grand Marshals for the Rose Parade

Eyewitness News will be here all day and coming up at 5, we will talk to the assistant city manager of Thomasville about the Rose Show and Festival. We will be chatting with the Rose Queen at 5:30 and at 6, we'll bring you information about the economic impact the festival has on the state.

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Thomasville, Georgia – FEBRUARY 2012

Thomasville Rose Show and Festival Release

Celebrating 91 years, the Annual Thomasville Rose Show and Festival blooms April 26-28. A Southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920s, the free family-friendly Festival encompasses the
Rose Show, which presents contemporary and heirloom roses against a backdrop budding with thousands of the blooms; the Rose Parade, known for its rose carpet and flowery floats; the Street
Dance, which brings out boppers young and old; “Orchids on Parade”; Children’s Rose Bud Parade; plus live music, arts and crafts, car show, Southern-style festival foods, children’s fun and games and more. Continuing a festival tradition: The Thomas County Museum of History and Lapham-Pa6erson House will offer presentations and exhibits about Thomasville’s Victorian history and the Rose Show tradition. Visit www.ThomasvilleGA.com for event schedule and details.

Everything’s coming up roses…

With roses blooming April through July, no wonder Thomasville is known as the “City of Roses.” More than 500 rose bushes scent the air along the banks of Cherokee Lake in the City of Thomasville’s
Rose Garden while bouquets trim the Victorian ages and storefronts of the downtown historic district. For the 64th Annual Rose Parade, on Friday, the city literally rolls out the rose carpet for floats studded with no less than one dozen live roses. The Parade’s recurring theme, Everything’s Coming up Roses!,” brings out the creativity in everyone. The owner of Gecko Gardens adorns a bobcat with roses and drives this daintily-decorated piece of construction equipment
from one side of the street to the other, nodding to the children with the Bobcat’s bucket. Following the parade, everyone takes to the streets for unabashed boogieing during the Annual Street Dance featuring live music. Adding to the festivities, masses of orchids put on a show at the Genealogical Library: The Annual Orchids on Parade presents the delicate perennials grown by the Thomasville Orchid Society. On Saturday, Art in the Park bursts to life with lots of arts and crafts and children’s activities – food, too. Sumptuous tasty tidbits will be dished up throughout the Festival, along with plenty of live music.

Friday, April 27

91st Annual Rose Show ~ 1:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Broad Street at Remington Avenue, Downtown Thomasville, ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Thomasville’s 2012 Rose Queen, Emma Fennelly and local dignitaries.

6th Annual Orchids on Parade ~ 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., inside the Genealogical Library at 135 North Broad Street, showcasing orchids grown by members of the Thomasville Orchid Society. Members will be on hand to answer questions. Free admission. Information: 229-224-8332.

64th Annual Rose Parade ~ 7 p.m., Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville, everyone loves a parade and this one is no exception! Watch as Thomasville rolls out its “rose” carpet with colorful floats, marching bands, and much more! Grand Marshals – Thomasville’s Man & Woman of the Year; Honorary Grand Marshals – Georgia Supreme Court Justices

14th Annual Street Dance ~ 8:30 p.m., immediately following the parade, intersection of North Broad and Jefferson Streets featuring The Swingin’ Medallions!

Step Into The Past at Thomas County Museum of History, Friday & Saturday ~ Presentations and exhibits about Thomasville’s Victorian history and the Rose Show tradition and Thomasville Collects at Lapham-Patterson House., Friday – Sunday.

Wiregrass Walks ~ Rose Festival Walking Tours ~ Friday, 10 AM, Dawson & Webster St. – Wiregrass Walks conducts informative and enjoyable tours of southwestGeorgia, specializing in Historic Thomasville. ROSE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Victorian Tour – Friday, April 27, 10 AM; Big Oak Tour – Friday, April 27, 2:30 AM; Saturday, April 28, 4 PM; Old Cemetery Tour – Friday, April 27, 4:00 PM; Saturday, April 28, 4 PM. Visit website for tour descriptions and fees. Call or email for reservations. Information: Joy Slaughter, 229-403-9804.

Special Event: Supreme Court Special Session in Thomasville
The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold oral arguments in Thomasville Friday morning, at 10 AM at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium. In the evening, the seven justices will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals in the 64th Annual Rose Parade. Public Information Officer, Georgia Supreme Court, Jane Hansen, 404-651-9385, hansenj@gasupreme.us.

Saturday, April 28

91st Annual Rose Show ~ 10 a.m., Continues under the big top on Broad Street at Remington Avenue, hundreds of hybrid rose varieties and breathtaking specimens will be on exhibit from growers throughout the southeast.

71st Annual Civic Garden Club Flower Show ~ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., under the big top in Paradise Park. Enjoy beautiful roses, wild flowers and horticulture presented by the Thomasville Civic Garden Club.

6th Annual Orchids on Parade ~ 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Continues inside the Genealogical Library at 135 North Broad Street featuring exhibits showcasing orchids grown by the Thomasville Orchid Society. Members will be on hand to answer questions. Free admission. Information: 229-224-8332.

Art in the Park ~ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Paradise Park on South Broad St., featuring arts, crafts, great food and children’s activities throughout the day. Free admission.

Rose of Sharon Praise Concert ~ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Paradise Park, featuring Root 3:16 and other local praise bands performing contemporary Christian music.

10th Annual City of Roses Show~N~Shine Car & Truck Show ~ 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., (Registration at 9 a.m.), around the Courthouse on North Broad Street, view award winning, and unique, cars and trucks. Registration & Information: 229-227-3288.

Bark in the Park ~ 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Paradise Park, lots of fun for dog lovers, bring your pooch and join in the fun! Information: 229-228-0613.

35th Annual Rose City 10K Run ~ 8 a.m., in front of the Post Office on Broad Street. Registration information can be obtained by calling 229-226-9878.

33rd Annual 1 Mile Fun Run (Ages 12 and Under) ~ 9:30 a.m., in front of the Post Office on Broad Street. Registration information can be obtained by calling 229-226-9878.

Rose City Golf Classic ~ Saturday & Sunday – April 28th & 29th, Country Oaks Municipal Golf Course, 36-hole, two-person, best ball tournament. For more information visit www.countryoaksgolfcourse.org or call 229-225-4333.

Step Into The Past at Thomas County Museum of History, Friday & Saturday ~ Presentations and exhibits about Thomasville’s Victorian history and the Rose Show tradition and Thomasville Collects at Lapham-Patterson House., Friday – Sunday.

34th Annual Children’s Rose Bud Parade ~ 7 p.m., Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville, possibly the cutest parade featuring hundreds of area children!


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