Texas Rose Festival Returns To Celebrate Tyler’s Rose Industry After Last Year’s COVID-19 Delay | Local News
After a postponement of COVID-19 last year, the Texas Rose Festival is back to celebrate its 88th year in honor of the town of Tyler’s rose industry, celebrating volunteerism and stimulating economy of the region from Thursday.
Liz Ballard, executive director of the Texas Rose Festival Association, said people were excited to participate in the fellowship and honor the Pink City.
âIt’s nice to be able to open the garden and have fun together. We definitely missed out on opportunities during the pandemic, âBallard said. âWe’re in a frenzy trying to put all the details together. The queen’s tea comes together wonderfully.
Held in October, the festival celebrates the region’s rosebush heritage and the beauty of the rose, Tyler’s symbol.
This year’s festivities will run from Thursday to Saturday, including Men’s and Women’s Lunches, Coronations, Queen’s Tea, and Rose Parade.
Texas Rose Festival Queen Anna Grace Hallmark, Rose Festival Princess Elizabeth “Ellie” Reid Walker and Duchess of the Rose Growers Emily Ann Milton continue their reigns after the festival was postponed from last year. The theme of the festival is âThe secrets of the gardenâ.
Members of the Queen’s Court are presented in a lavish spectacle that ends with the symbolic crowning of the Queen of Roses. Members of the court are also featured during tea and parade.
Rose Festival officials and community members will celebrate the 88th Annual Texas Rose Festival Ribbon and Morning Prayer Service at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Rose Garden Center, located at 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler.
The ribbon cutting is free and open to the public.
Ballard said this year’s crowning will look different thanks to new costume designer Jacob A. Climer, who is originally from Dallas and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
âIt will bring a lot of fresh and beautiful designs,â Ballard said. âI will say the designs, they have a very couture side. Everything is themed around the ‘Secrets of the Garden’.
Each principal crowning representative will be dressed in a theme of something found in a garden, such as a flower or a bird, Ballard said.
Ballard noted that the festival has a great economic impact on the town of Tyler, and she is happy that the festival can help provide tourism and get people traveling again.
âIt’s amazing how thousands of people come to Tyler for the Rose Festival,â she said, adding that people shop, eat and stay in Tyler area hotels for the festivities.
For the evening coronation at 7 p.m. Friday, Ballard said expected attendance is approaching a few thousand, while the morning coronation is expected to seat 1,200.
The ladies’ lunch on Friday is full to over 500 people, and the men’s lunch is expected to have around 550 attendees.
For the queen’s parade and tea party, Ballard said festival officials expected more than 25,000 people along the parade route or coming to the tea party.
âOur parade this year has a fabulous and diverse group of civic groups, marching bands, car clubs and tractor groups. We have the famous Tyler Junior College Apache Belles and his band, âBallard said.
Tyler Motorcycle Cops, veterans and first responders will also be part of the parade.
She encouraged people to come for the festival and also to see the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ballard urged visitors to be patient when it comes to parking at the Rose Garden Center for the Queen’s Ribbon Cutting and Tea.
For a full list of events, visit texasrosefestival.com.