The 78th Texas Rose Festival, “The Grand Illusion,” will get under way when Rose Queen Morgan Elizabeth Rippy and TRF President Tom Ramey cut the ceremonial ribbon at 10 a.m. today at the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is free and open to the public.
This year’s lineup is different from last year, with the Queen’s Tea to be held on Saturday. Other Rose Festival activities include:
GARDEN CLUBS: In the foyer of the Rose Garden Center, the Tyler Area Council of Garden Clubs will display “Tablescapes,” designed by members from area clubs, following the festival’s theme of “The Grand Illusion.”
MORNING PRAYER SERVICE: The service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Rose Garden Center. There is no admission charge.
PALETTE OF ROSES ART SHOW: The show will be open to the public during exhibition hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mayfair Building, East Texas State Fairgrounds. There is no admission charge.
MEN’S LUNCHEON: The luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. at the Rose Garden Center. Speaker is Kenneth Winston “Ken” Starr, president of Baylor University. Tickets are $50.
CORONATION MATINEE: The matinee performance of Queen Morgan Rippy’s coronation is scheduled at 3 p.m. at the Cowan Center. Tickets are required.
CORONATION: The coronation of the rose queen is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowan Center. Tickets are required; call the Cowan Center Box Office, 903-566-7424.
QUEEN’S TEA: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive. The tea, which is free and open to the public, provides the opportunity for festival visitors to meet Queen Morgan and members of the royal court in their costumes in a festive outdoor setting.
For more ticket information, call the Cowan Center box office at 903-566-7424 or visit www.texasrosefestival.com. The R. Don Cowan Center for Fine & Performing Arts is located on The University of Texas at Tyler campus, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler.