Annual Friends of the Rose Festival luncheon kicks off 2022 festivities | national news

The 2022 Texas Rose Festival volunteers, families, and court have come together for the annual “Everything’s Coming Up Roses!” Friends of the Rose Festival Luncheon Wednesday at the Willow Brook Country Club.

The event is held annually to kick off the Texas Rose Festival festivities later in the year in October.

“Friends of the Roses was started in 1991 to build enthusiasm for roses, the Texas Rose Festival and the people whose hard-working vision has made this celebration a true Tyler tradition,” said Angie Brooks, 1994 Duchess of the Roses. Rose Growers.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Empires of Enchantment”, with the court consisting of Queen Molly Louise Berry, Princess Olivia Bristol Young and the Duchess of rose growers Hadley Hills Brewer, ladies-in-waiting and attendants of the queen.

Jennifer Moore Gaston, Duchess of the Rose Growers in 1983, was the special guest speaker at the luncheon, where she spread excitement in court ahead in preparation for what was to come.

“Since it began in 1933, the festival has represented the spirit that brings Tyler together as a community. Generations of volunteers and leaders have worked diligently to keep the tradition of the festival alive. Grandmothers, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, sisters and brothers all shared in this unique experience,” said Gaston.

Over lunch, gifts were presented to the court by Alice Elizabeth Milton and 2021 Duchess of Rosiers Emily Ann Milton.

The Texas Rose Festival Parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 on Front Street and Glenwood in Tyler, heading towards Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Friends of the Rose Festival is sponsored by Roses USA, Tate Family, Hand Nurseries, Jernigan Lone Star Realty, Tyler Today Magazine, Oliveto Italian Bistro, Lowe Tractor at Tyler, Mazzio’s Pizza and Brooks Farm.

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