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Thomasville preps for Rose Festival

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – The 89th annual Rose Festival in Thomasville is less than a month away.

And city organizers are busy putting the finishing touches on all the activities and events planned for the three day festival that kicks off April 22nd.

The nearly year-long planning period involves a lot of behind the scenes work.

Thomasville is known for its roses. This year will mark the 89th time the city honors the flower with its annual Rose Show and Festival. And a lot of work goes into the event.

"You don't see a lot up front but all of our road crews are re striping the streets and of course picking up trash, getting all the curbs cut and those kind of things," says Karen Smith, Executive Director of Tourism in Thomasville.

The Downtown Thomasville Main Street office is responsible for the planning of the festival.

"As we tell people every year, this is the most organized chaos you will see our office in right now. But we are trying to tie all that down right now and get lineups done."

And surprisingly, all the planning for the three day, jam-packed festival, is done by just three people.

"It's a mass effort for a staff of three. But then of course, we have a lot of people that help us."

Namely, the city of Thomasville.

"We get all that back up from the city which is wonderful to have access to that many people," Smith explains.

The planning takes a lot longer than most people would think.

"We actually work on this all year long. There is something that we are always doing. Of course as we get closer and closer with the months, we tie it down as far a the details."

And not even one of those details is overlooked.

"We plan everything from where the porta potties go to the dignitary reception."

But what about the roses?

"I know a lot of folks have been really worried about our roses because it's been so cold here. But while we might not have as many blooming right here in Thomasville, we'll still have plenty of roses."

And in about three weeks, the famous big white tent that houses the roses for the show will go up, letting the people of Thomasville know, it's that time again.

Karen Smith says the city's job doesn't end with the last day of the festival. They must take down all the decorations, put away equipment, and clean up.

Then they start planning for the next year's festival.

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