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Thomasville prepares for Rose Show and parade

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April 24, 2006

Thomasville- Thomasville is getting ready to bloom. The 85th annual Rose Show and Festival kicks off Thursday, but expect some changes this year. A centralized location will pull together the show, visitors, and downtown merchants.

Final preparations for the Thomasville Rose Show and parade has everyone as busy as bees. The rose show tent is up and accessibility is the key.

"In the past years, the rose tent was over on Crawford, but it will now be on Remington and it will be just right there in the middle, you can walk from the park all the way to the car show.  It's a great area," said Felicia Brannen, Main Street Special Events Coordinator.

Mrs. McClune's kindergarten class turned their math lesson into work on their float, cutting the skirting for all three of Hand in Hand's floats in the Rose Bud Parade. The Thomasville High's Welding class will show off their float, the car art entry sponsored by the Cultural Arts Center.

"You'll see different activities happening throughout the week. We'll be getting ready in the park probably beginning Wednesday, Thursday," said Brannen.

And by Wednesday, the Rose City will be buzzing with growers.

"We've got rose growers, I know coming from Orlando, three of the big exhibitors from Jacksonville.   I mean this is a prestigious event and big exhibitors come to Thomasville because of the prestige," said Rick Thomas, V.P. Thomasville Rose Society.

More than 60 judges from out of town will really make Thomasville bloom.

"Then you turn around and multiply it by them telling people, the impact, and then they're coming from all over, it's just wonderful," said Marge Willis, Rose Show Co-Chairman.

"It brings lots of visitors in, it's really an economic boost to our area," said Brannen.

While event organizers don't want to pinpoint an exact amount of economic impact, the facts are this, the hotels in town are booked for the weekend and restaurant owners expect to do better than normal business.

Remington Avenue is already closed between Crawford and Broad Streets. The 85th Annual Rose Show opens this Friday at one o'clock and you can catch the 58th annual Rose Parade live at seven o'clock right here on WALB.

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