THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - If you drive through Thomasville you may notice Public Works crews hard at work this week.
They are getting ready and setting up for the annual Rose Show Festival.
A tent that will be used to showcase beautiful roses is now set up at the corner of Broad Street and Remington Avenue.
No traffic will be allowed through that area for the rest of the week.
City staff said there is a lot of manpower and hours that go into preparing for the big event.
"All of the city staff pitches in, all of team Thomasville really does their best to make it a good experience for visitors and guests. This might be a time for them to come back and plan their vacations which is real dollars when you think of it that way, so it's very important for us," said CNS Marketing Director Sarah Baggett.
Thomasville Police officially kicked off the Rose Show Festival.
On Tuesday, police lined their cars up in downtown getting ready for the department's biggest event of the year, the Annual Inspection.
The police department's Annual Inspection and Review is the first official event of the Rose Show Festival.
The cars were lined up from the intersection of North Broad Street and Jefferson Street to Broad Street and Remington Avenue.
This event allows the community to witness a very special tradition in Thomasville as officers undergo their inspection and review.
Inspection of the officers' uniforms and patrol cars are a Rose Show tradition.
The department also makes sure the everything is in tip-top shape.
Normally this event has been held on Friday during the Rose Show but that changed last year.
Chief Troy Rich wanted to change it up by having the inspection before the Children's Parade.
By moving the inspection up, it allows young kids and everyone to share in the special moment with the officers and allows the community to interact with them.
"This is an opportunity, meet and greet, get to know officers, see the equipment that taxpayers pay for. It's a great outreach and a great community event. It's an inspiration for the youth and for officers to show off what all they have," said Thomasville Police Department's Public Information Officer Maj. Wade Glover.
Community policing has been a big focus for the department this year so what better way to let the public feel included than to do the department's inspection in the middle of the downtown area.
This is something the officers prepare weeks in advance for.
Department staff said it's really about the pride that the officers take in their job and their community in Thomasville.
WALB will be in Thomasville Thursday night to help kick off the Rose Show Festival.
We'll be airing our 5:30 p.m. newscast live from downtown.