For the first time, several Rose Festival out-of-town duchesses will be on hand in full costume and available to meet the public during the tea. These duchesses will be seated at the Rose Show display, inside the Rose Garden Building, Ms. Ischy said.
Second grade student volunteers from the Smith County area will serve as junior hostesses. Food will be prepared by Brookshire Grocery Co.
Committee chairmen are Susan Davis and Debbie Roosth. Committee members include Karen Wallace, refreshments coordinator; Virginia Young and Resa Clarke, junior hostesses; Gillian Brasfield, media; Lucy Carr, Mary K. Peltier and Kelley Uzzell, nametags; Betty Swann, Brooke Swann, Tamra Pierce and Amy Egaņa, pavilion monitors; Leanne Loggins and Toni Hibbs, queen’s guards; Sunni Brookshire, Kelly Eltife and Virginia Beall, punch servers; Maggie Hall, Christi Kennedy, Leanne Barlow and Wendy Fulgham, table monitors; Susan Hightower and Peggy Brelsford, tea waiters.
WHAT TO SEE
The Queen’s Tent is square with a purple-and-white stripe top. Top posts are covered with a crown-and-shield motif, flagging and a crown. Purple draping is tied back by metal roses. Queen’s tent flooring is black-and-white check, and she will be seated in a wrought iron bench with colorful cushions. Flanking the queen will be two pedestal urn arrangements with long-stemmed roses in the shades of pink, lavender and purple. Each arrangement also has a shield and crown emblem, organizers said.
The Attendants’ Tents are square with a purple-and-white stripe top. Purple draping is tied back by metal roses. Top post has a shield-and-cross motif with a flag on top, as well. Black-and-white check flooring will match the queen’s tent and wrought iron seating will be used again with color cushions.
Duchess of the Rose Growers’ Tent is square with a purple-and-white stripe top. Purple draping is tied back by metal roses. Top post has a shield-and-cross motif with a flag on top. Callie Elaine Worthen will be seated on a black seat with two pedestal arrangements flanking her.
Ladies-in-waiting: There will be six tents for the ladies-in-waiting, and all of them have white tops. The posts have a cross-and-shield motif with flags to match the other tents. They also have black-and-white check flooring with black seats, purple draping with metal rose tie backs.
Food Stations will be located in the center of the garden refreshment area and include five cookie and punch stations with urned rose arrangements with cross-and-shield emblems.
The TRFA offers thanks to Jerry’s Flowers, All American Party and Tent, and Designer Graphics.
Sponsors for the 2009 Rose Festival are KYTX-CBS 19; Tyler Morning Telegraph; East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System; Samsung and City Of Tyler.
Other sponsors include AT&T; Austin Bank; Bank of America; Brookshire’s; Citizens 1st Bank; Classic Toyota, Delk Photography Inc.; Dillard’s Inc. “The Style of your Life”; Flowers Baking Co. of Tyler, LLC; Giglio Distributing; KLTV, Channel 7; Lamar Advertising; Oncor; Order of the Rose; RPR Construction Company, Inc.; Ramsey Fritz Jewels; Royal Interests / Jack and Debra King; Betty Jo Riter / Melinda and Tom Shoemake / Cynthia and Whit Riter; Southside Bank; Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics; Nancy Bracken Walden / Bracken Resources, O.L.C.; Willis Interests / Sherilyn and Patrick Willis; Laura and Michael Young, Cavender’s Boot City; Coca-Cola; Dermatology Associates of Tyler; Findlay Craft, LLP; First Bank and Trust of East Texas; Flowers ~ Davis, PLLC; Fox 51; Henry and Peters, P.C.; Hilton Garden Inn; Horizon Transportation; The Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant; KETK - TV; Martin • Walker, P.C.; Marilyn and Lanier Richey; Texas Bank and Trust; Texas Filter Service, Inc., Texas State Bank, Tyler Packing Company; U.S. Ag, Inc., American State Bank; Kitchen’s Unique; The Park of East Texas; Potter Minton; Reynolds and Kay.