Ninth Annual Red Rose Festival
Everything will be coming up roses when the ninth annual Red Rose Festival sets the stage for a weekend of free family fun in the Cultural Arts District of the Red Rose City. There is no admission fee for the popular two-day music festival, which also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, Red Rose Photography Contest, Red Rose Festival Pageant, and much more. The festival opens 6pm Friday, May 19 with an official welcome from the Main Street stage. After Red Rose Photography Contest winners are announced, live music begins at 6:15 pm and ends 10:30 pm. Kicking off Friday’s music line-up will be Lancaster’s hometown favorite, Sugar Shine Band, ushering in the evening with their original Reggae style music, with a twist of rock and blues. After enjoying the music, we will enjoy the 1st Annual Red Rose Festival Pageant. Women ages from 3 to 25 are encouraged to compete for the titles of Miss Teacup Rose, Miss Little Rose, Red Rose Princess, and Red Rose Queen. Tantrum, a rock group out of Charlotte, N.C., takes the stage at 9:15pm, delivering an adrenaline-fueled, nonstop combination of original and cover songs. Food vendors that will be on hand selling all the festival favorites include Allison Concessions, Jones Lee Concessions, Southern Fried Factory, Tastes Like Chicken, World’s Greatest Funnel Cakes, Izzy’s Ice.
Those who enjoy running for a cause can take part in Lancaster Rotary Club’s 5K Race for Charity beginning at 7:45am on Saturday, May 19 at Lancaster High School and finish in time to arrive in the Cultural Arts District for day two of the Red Rose Festival. The festival is pet-friendly and dog owners are encouraged to register man’s best friend between 9:15-10am to compete for prizes in the annual dog show.
At 10am on Saturday, May 19, the festival opens with background music from the Main Street stage, as the Red Rose Dog Show takes place on the grounds of Lancaster County History Museum. Prizes will be awarded for Most Adorable Puppy, Best Smile, Biggest, Smallest, Couch Potato, Terrific Pet Trick, Golden Oldie, Wiggliest Tail, and Red Rose Best in Show. Indigo Aerial Fitness takes the stage at 11am, with demonstrations and children will enjoy a great variety of free rides, games, and activities throughout the Cultural Arts District. Kids not want to miss the historic Main Street Post Office, where Lancaster County School District will be hosting a book give-away for children of all ages. Stop by Sue’s Face Painting to add a bit of festive design.
Browse the arts and crafts area for handcrafted and unique items while enjoying your favorite festival foods or stop by one of the downtown restaurants and cafes to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Locally owned bottle shop, The Craft Stand, will offer an outdoor beer garden at their 134 South Main Street location, with a great selection of craft brews. In the market square, expect to find a variety of gifts, services, and non-profit information.
Browse the downtown businesses in the Cultural Arts District while getting from place to place is as easy as walking across the street!
On the Main Street Stage at two, Lancaster’s hometown favorite, Triple Play Band, bringing the best of classic rock, beach music, and ‘70’s dance tunes to the stage. At 4 pm, The Tonez bring their own style of classic beach/oldies band covers to the stage. Roy Roberts Band, heads off at 6 PM with their Motown classics. The two day music festival will close the evening entertainment with US Stones, a high performance celebration of the Rolling Stones, elaborate costumes, and awesome stage presence guarantee a show that is fun and exciting – a show that celebrates the life and music of one of the music world’s biggest legends.
The evening will end with a bang, as fireworks illuminate the Cultural Arts District to signal the culmination of another year’s fun and entertainment. Always free admission, free parking, free rides, and fun for the whole family.
Festival-goers should be sure to register at the See Lancaster tent for a 48” Sony Smart TV, to be given away just before Saturday night’s closing act, US Stones.
The Red Rose Dog Show is sponsored by Nutramax and ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union. 5K Race for Charity is sponsored by Lancaster Rotary Club. Sponsors of the Red Rose Festival include Rapid Signs, The Lancaster News, Interstate 107FM, 104.1 the bridge, and City of Lancaster.
Red Rose Festival applications are being accepted until April 20 for artists, craftsmen, food vendors, non-profit agencies, and commercial vendors. Apply online at www.lancastercitysc.com, email Events and Festivals Manager, Joe Timmons firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 289-1498.