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55 Things Rose Festival

The High Steppin' Cloggers perform at the Garden Stage as a part of the Orangeburg Festival of Roses.

Edisto Memorial Gardens will be filled with family fun and entertainment, including music, sports, arts, crafts and much more, during Orangeburg’s 48th annual Festival of Roses.

Held the weekend before Mother's Day, the Orangeburg Festival of Roses celebrates the beginning of the rose blooming season. This year the festival will be held May 3-5.

Activities are largely centered on the city's Edisto Memorial Gardens, where rows upon rows of roses bloom near the banks of the Edisto River.

Pink, yellow and red are among the sea of colors individuals can enjoy as they walk through the floral displays at the annual event.

There's something for everyone at the free event, which is co-sponsored by the City of Orangeburg and the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors can enjoy entertainment and participate in sports tournaments. Food, jewelry and arts and crafts are sold by a wide variety of vendors.

A road race, Blackwater River Race and softball and golf tournaments are among the staples of the annual event.

The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center’s Showcase Orangeburg is the official kickoff for the Orangeburg Festival of Roses.

Candice Roberson, executive director of the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association, said this year's street dance will be held at Memorial Plaza on Friday, May 3.

For more information on the upcoming festival, contact the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce at 803-534-6821.

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Dionne Gleaton has been a staff writer with The T&D for 20 years. She has been an education reporter, regional reporter and currently writes features with an emphasis on health.

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