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April 23, 2004

Thomasville -- A quick snip of the red ribbon, and the 83rd Annual Rose Show has begun. "It's the oldest show in the South Eastern United States and one of the oldest in the nation," said Main Street Director Sharlene Celaya.

But the Rose Show wasn't always so big. It started with roses displayed in just one store. "It actually began in Downtown Thomasville in a store, and this year, the big news is that they have come back downtown after many years the roses are back downtown," Celaya.

And the downtown area is one of the reasons Governor Sonny Perdue continues to visit Thomasville, and wants others to take a lesson from city leaders. "Other places in Georgia can come and look and see how it's done, develop festivals of their own and create a tourism network across Georgia," said Governor Perdue. "Thomasville is one of the great communities of Georgia and a lot of community spirit here."

And that Spirit is alive and well.

Click here for a list of festival events.

posted at 5:10PM by dave.miller@walb.com