| rose show | T he 98th Annual Rose Show and Festival will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27. Held annually during the month of April, the Rose Show and Festival is a celebration of Thomasville’s rosy his- tory and heritage. Vegetables — not roses — can be given credit for starting the Rose Show in the 1920s. A few in- dustrious local women entered their vegetables for display in the State Fair in Macon in the fall of 1920 and took home the $25 first place prize. This seed money was given to the Garden Club to host the first Rose Show in 1922. So many roses were entered into the show that Neel’s Department Store — the site of the first show — was covered from floor to ceiling in flowers. Needless to say, a Thomasville tradition had been born. Almost a century later, the Rose Show and Fes- tival remains a popular staple on the Thomasville calendar. The festival itself has grown to include two parades, a car and truck show, an arts and crafts show, fireworks, a street dance and several flower shows. Most events are free. 34 April - May 2019 Thomasville Scene Kicking off the festivities early in the week will be the annual Thomasville Police Department In- spection on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. Held on Broad Street in downtown Thomasville, the inspec- tion is open to the public and showcases the disci- pline and quality of the local police department. The community is invited to a meet-and-greet following the inspection. This year’s event will include a new theme for the Rose Parade: Roses in Rhythm. Entries will fea- ture the rhythm of music, dance, or even the rhythm of everyday life. Participants are encouraged to get creative with this year’s theme. The Rose Parade will be held on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. After the parade, don’t miss the street dance featuring the Swingin’ Medallions. The Swingin’ Medallions will get you on your feet to boogie the night away on Broad Street. Closing out the night is a spectacular fireworks show that’s fun for the whole family. Art in the Park will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Paradise Park.