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Roses featured at Thomasville weekend festival.

THOMASVILLE -- The city of Thomasville is getting ready to celebrate 90 years of roses. The annual festival provides entertainment, parades, roses and fun for the whole family.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday on Broad Street downtown and running through Saturday, the 90th Annual Rose Show and Festival will take place.

The three-day event will include two parades, a golf tournament, a special showing of orchids, a street dance, a 10K and 1 mile run along with arts and crafts and much more.

New this year from noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday will be a concert at Paradise Park, featuring the contemporary Christian group Root 3:16 and other local talent. The public will also be able to visit the historic Lapham-Patterson house, a 1885 winter cottage. Tours will be Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with a $5 admission fee.

"The entire city gears up to host these visitors," Karen Smith, Executive Director of Downtown Main Street and tourism said. " Restaurant owners prepare to accommodate tour groups of up to 40 people, the Boy Scouts organize bleacher seating for parades, and the police help us organize where all the tour buses will park. It's a lot of behind the scenes work, and we are grateful to have the city of Thomasville and Thomasville utilities backing us."

For more information on this festival, (229) 228-7977 or www.thomasvillega.com.