This year’s announcements were made during a news conference by Texas Rose Festival President Tim Alexander.
After being introduced Rose Queen Haley McGrede Anderson thanked Alexander for giving her the honor of representing Tyler as this year s Rose Queen.
“It’s a privilege and a responsibility that I look forward to,” she said. “I’m so excited to represent our city and its rose industry.”
Duchess of the Rose Festival Joy Lynn Ramey also thanked Alexander for the opportunity.
“Wow, what a privilege and honor,” she said. “This is a dream come true to be a part of this grand tradition to be a part of this celebration of America s flower.”
The court and their families along with other guests celebrated the 20th Winter Gala after the announcement. The gala benefits the Tyler Rose Museum, a nonprofit organization constructed solely with private donations.
Lonny Uzzell, Tyler Rose Museum board president, said the museum’s purpose is to showcase the rich history and tradition of Tyler, the rose industry and the Rose Festival. Opened in 1992, it has served more than 300,000 visitors in its history.