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It's all about the roses this weekend

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The 88th annual Rose Show and Festival kicks off Thursday night with the annual Children's Rose Bud parade on Broad Street.

Remington Street and Jefferson Street were blocked off where they intersect with Broad Street.

Non profit organizations like Safe Haven Incorporated set up tents. Their organization provides direct services for HIV and AIDS patients - and they plan to take advantage of this weekend's influx of people to help the victims they work with. 

"We're having a fundraiser at the Rosebud and Rose Parade with a food booth. And we're proud to be doing it. It's for a great cause," said Carol Biggs of Safe Haven, Inc.

 "It probably draws in eight to ten thousand people over the weekend. So it's really a great economic boost for us," said Karen Smith of Downtown Thomasville & Tourism.

They estimate that 5,000 people in town this weekend will be out-of-towners. And they alone typically boost the economy by $500,000.

Friday at 1:30 the annual Rose Show kicks off, and later the Rose Parade at 7:00pm.

We'll have a live broadcast of the parade on WALB.

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