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Thomasville celebrates 97th annual Rose Show & Festival

The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage. (Source: WALB) The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage. (Source: WALB)
The history center is full of pictures and artifacts like the first Rose Show dress all available to the public as they celebrate this tradition in the Rose City. (Source: WALB) The history center is full of pictures and artifacts like the first Rose Show dress all available to the public as they celebrate this tradition in the Rose City. (Source: WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

The Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville's rosy history and heritage.

It's now the 97th year the show has been held in the City of Roses.

The Rose Show started in Thomasville in 1922, and vegetables, not roses, can be given credit for its beginning.

A few local women entered their vegetables in the State Fair in Macon in 1920 and took home the $25 first place prize.

This money was given to the Garden Club to host the first Rose Show in 1922.

It was then that a Thomasville tradition had been born.

"Now as it's getting close to a 100 years, its spawned into a whole cottage industry of surrounding events," said Ephraim Rotter, Thomasville History Center.

The big break was in 1948 when the event went from being just a show to an actual festival.

"Here at the Thomasville History Center, we have items dating back from the very first rose show. Including a photograph of Neel's Department store" said Rotter.

Thomasville natives tell us that Neel's Department Store, the site of the first show, was covered from floor to ceiling in flowers.

The history center is full of pictures and artifacts like the first Rose Show dress all available to the public as they celebrate this tradition in the Rose City.

"They love seeing these direct, physical, material connections with the past," said Rotter.

As it gets close to a century of celebration, the Rose Show and Festival remains a popular staple on the Thomasville calendar.

The festival itself has grown to include two parades, a car and truck show, Art in the Park, fireworks, a street dance, and several flower shows.

The Thomasville History Center will be open for guided tours and self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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