This year’s Mangaung Rose Festival will be presented over three days, with even more activities for festivalgoers to participate in. The festival will commence on Friday (20/10) and end on Sunday (22/10). One of the new items on the programme of this year’s festival is a street parade, which will proceed from Hoffman Square in the city centre, through President Brand Street, to the City Hall on Friday. Floats will participate in the parade from 08:00 until 10:00. The street parade will boast, among other participants, members of the Bloemfontein Mini Club, 300 children of different schools, the province’s top sports personalities on a double-decker bus and drum majorettes. Members of the public are invited to join in the festivity. After the street parade, roses will be planted at the Bram Fischer Municipal Building (Glass Palace) before a Rose Festival Breakfast will be held for invited guests. This planting session is the beginning of the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s strategy to re-establish Bloemfontein as the City of Roses. It is also of symbolic importance for this ceremony to take place in close proximity to the city hall, seeing that it forms part of the rebuilding and restoration process.The cut roses that have been entered for judging may be viewed from 13:00 and through the course of the weekend at the Loch Logan Waterfront. Bloemfontein’s rose cultivators are encouraged to already enter their roses from Thursday (19/10) at 17:00. The public is requested to bring their roses, as the city endeavours to expand the festival on a large scale, but like with any other festival, it can only happen with the help of the public. More information is available at Loch Logan’s information desk. The annual Rose Festival Market starts Friday at 16:00 at the Urth Garden Centre, will continue until 22:00 and re-open on Saturday at 08:00 for the rest of the day. The Miss Rose Petal Competition (for girls four to 16 years old) will take place during the market. Registration can be done at the Urth Garden Centre from 18:30. Get registration forms at www.mangaungrosefestival.co.za. The Miss Rose Petal competition, the judging and coronation will take place at the market. The coronation will be managed by Fleurdal Mall Mej. Bloemfontein-Roos. The Oranje-blomme-unie, under the guidance of Schalk van Dyk, will present a unique exhibition at the Urth Garden Centre. The artist Ia Crous’s landscape and flower works will be exhibited with fresh flowers and arrangements. It will be open for viewing from Friday at 13:00 (excluding Saturday morning during the high tea event). The exhibition may be visited until Sunday at 14:00. A Rose Morning High Tea with Mynhardt Joubert is presented at 09:00 for 09:30 at The Venue@Urth. Mynhardt Joubert will discuss cooking with roses and the making of perfume. He is renowned in food circles and has presented several programmes on TV. Read more about him on www.mynhardt.co.za. The Bloem Besties, Liz and Leanne, will show that flowers are not only for use with sweet treats, but also for savoury bites. Schalk van Dyk will present a flower arrangement demonstration and Jeanne Stolz will talk about rose gardening in the Free State. Tickets cost R200 and are available at the Urth Garden Centre (051-451-1913). Bloem News and the Loch Logan Waterfront’s Miss Roosknoppie and Mr Rosekrans will be coronated at the Loch Logan Waterfront at 12:00. The matric dress of the year competition will be held at the Loch Logan Waterfront. The Mangaung Rose Classic Cycling Race takes place on Sunday at 07:00. Pre-registration can be done at www.onlineentry.co.za. There will be a 90 km, 60 km and 27 km race. Registration costs R120 for the 90 km race. It is the ideal distance to prepare for the Mangaung PPA later this year.