THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thousands of people were in downtown Thomasville on Saturday for the annual Rose Show Festival.
This is the 96th year the event is being held.
"We just wanted to come and check it out. We love Thomasville," said Kristy Mathews, Rose Show attendee.
What originally started as a mother-daughter day trip to Thomasville turned into a whole day of floral fun for the Mathews family.
Kristy, Ally, and their mother realized when they pulled into the city of roses they stumbled upon one of the biggest festival's held in Thomasville each year.
"We just got the festival itinerary so we're looking at things to do, excited to go to the park and see what the tents have. Maybe things we can take home? Things they have for sale," said Kristy.
Kristy and her sister Ally live 30 miles away just over the Florida Georgia state line in Tallahassee.
"We really like a lot of the restaurants and this winery. We love coming up here to see what they have. Its a nice little getaway from Tallahassee," said Kristy.
And the Mathews family isn't the only one with that same weekend getaway idea. It's expected that 25 thousand people will have visited Thomasville from Thursday to Sunday.
"It's a wonderful feeling to see downtown Thomasville so full and really the city so full. The whole city comes together, everyone who works on team Thomasville to make this event happen," said Sarah Turner, Director of Events & Marketing/Communications
From roses on display to car shows, and a lot of shopping opportunities. Organizers said it attracts people not just from different states but different countries as well.
"We have a lot of international visitors who come to our visitors center who might not have come for the festival specifically but are so thrilled to find out it's this weekend. Its a lot of fun to see people from different backgrounds enjoying the festival," said Turner.
Thomasville has more than 1,500 bushes of roses throughout the city.
Visitor's Center staff said it's just a time to celebrate the city's beauty!
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