It’s known as the Rose Capitol of Iowa and this weekend, State Center is celebrating the title.
It’s the 55th annual Rose Festival. This year, State Center’s rose garden has a new stage, which will host the rose queen pageant Friday night.
“All the different varieties and such you get all the different colors and different blooms and such. A lot of time and hard work and such goes into keeping them pruned and looking gorgeous,” says Joan Postel, Rose Festival Chair.
This year the Grand Marshall is Don Lane, one of the rose garden’s founders. He will help dedicate the new stage. There’s also carnival rides, a farmers market, live music, beer garden, chili cook off, car show, truck pull and much more.
The roses are doing their part and for the most part out in bloom.
The festival may be once a year, but roses bloom all summer long.
“Oh yeah, we’re here 24/7 we have a lot of weddings here. Reunions and stuff, it’s just a beautiful to sit back and relax and even for the fireworks on Saturday night…what better place to watch the fireworks,” says Postel.
The rose queen coronation is at 7:00 p.m. Friday, and the parade is being held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.
To see all there is to do, log on to statecenterrosefestival.com.