STATE CENTER - The community of State Center stakes its claim as the Rose Capital of Iowa every year during the Rose Festival. This year's festival runs from Thursday through Sunday.
"It's a key part of our identity," said State Center Mayor Harlan Quick. "In and around Iowa, people know State Center for the Rose Festival."
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY AARON BURDORF/JKAY PHOTO & DESIGNS
The five State Center Rose Festival Rose Queen candidates are pictured on the new stage in the Rose Garden. Front row, from left, Tara Gravish and Jennifer Davis. Middle row, Alyssa Millizer. Back row, Cassidy Sellers and Brandy Wilkey. The 2013 queen will be crowned at 7 p.m. Friday in the Rose Garden.
This year's festival is again chaired by Joan Postel. Postel has led the event for the past nine years, and she said she has wonderful and dedicated volunteers to work with again.
"The town is starting to buzz about it," Postel said.
A special dedication ceremony for the new stage at the Rose Garden will be held at 7 p.m. Friday prior to the Rose Queen coronation.
State Center Rose Festival
7 p.m. - Rose Queen Pageant & Talent Show at High School
Rod Biesnson Piano Performance
8:30 p.m. - Queen Reception at Remarkable Rose open to the
public w/Ed Kaizer Trio
6 p.m. - Next Generation Carnival Rides
4 p.m. - dark - Millers Petting Zoo - North Library Grounds
5- 9 p.m. - Antique Tractors-E Main St.
5- 8 p.m. - Farmers Market Main St.
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Kids Bicycle Races 1st Ave. & 3rd St.
Register at 4 - race at 5:00
4:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Central Iowa Cycle Club Race Rose Festival Twilight Criterium
5 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Beer Garden at St Andrew's Grill & Bar
5 - 8 p.m. - Trunk & Quilt Show at Mitchell Family Funeral Home
6 p.m. - Next Generation Carnival Rides
6 p.m. - Pie & Ice Cream - WM Foundation
6 - 7 p.m. - Prairie Creek String Band at Rose Garden
6:30 p.m. - Kiddie Parade
7 p.m. - Dedication of new Stage at Rose Garden
7 p.m. - Rose Queen Coronation & Little Miss Rose
Bud & Mr Bud Crowned
7 - 9 p.m - Book Sale, Library Garage
7:30 p.m. - Chili Cook-Off, Ribs & Leg of Lamb sampling
7:30 - 11:30 p.m. - Stampede Performing
7:30 a.m. - 10K-mile Run - Register at high school
8 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk - Register at high school
10 a.m. - Next Generation Carnival Rides open
9- noon - Book Sale, Library Garage
9 a.m.- dusk - Millers Petting Zoo - Library
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Flea Market/Craft Show by Middle school
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. - WM Softball Tournament
10 a.m. - Grand Parade - Grand Marshal - Don Lane
10 a.m. - Pork Burgers at Fire Station
11 a.m. - WM Baseball Tournament
11 a.m. - Pie & Ice Cream at Fire Station
11 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Rose Art Competition-WM Art Students at
After Parade - Entertainment: Broadway Dance, Rib Eating Contest
Noon to 3 p.m. - Julie Lang-reenactment at One Room School House- Library NW Corner
Noon - 2 p.m - Car Show-Main St
Noon - 3 p.m. - BBQ Judging Competition
1 p.m. - Pedal Tractor Pull by Fire Station
3 p.m. - Lip Sync at Rose Garden
9 p.m.-1 a.m. - Street Dance-Vodkaseven
Dusk - Fireworks
8-11 a.m. - Breakfast at Lincoln Valley Club House
9 a.m. - Community Church Service - at Rose Garden
Noon to 3 p.m. - Next generation Carnival rides - wrist bands
1 to 5 p.m. - Midwest Truck Pull - West Marshall High School
"It's beautiful and a great addition to the Rose Garden," Postel said.
The 2013 Rose Queen candidates are Jennifer Davis, Tara Gravish, Alyssa Milliizer, Cassidy Sellers and Brandy Wilkey. Also selected that night will be the Little Ms. Rose Bud and, new this year, will be Little Mr. Rose Bud.
"I think that will be fun," Postel said.
Country group Stampede will perform Friday night, which will also be a highlight, according to Postel.
The big parade will roll through town beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Grand marshal of the parade this year is Don Lane. Lane is a former State Center resident now living in Marshalltown.
"He was very instrumental in getting the Rose Garden started," Postel said.
The parade is one of several events taking place throughout the day Saturday. The annual fireworks show will shoot off at dusk Saturday.
The festival wraps up Sunday with the truck and tractor pull from 1 to 5 p.m. at West Marshall High School.
"Last year, we brought the truck pull back and it was really well-received," Postel said.