Date set for 2011 Red Rose Festival

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Carolina Hasty

The City of Lancaster will host its second Red Rose Festival in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster from 5 to 10 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 14. 

Join us on Catawba Street and in the City Hall parking lot, where playing in our streets has never been more fun.

Stretch out in the Lancaster sun and enjoy the great sounds of local and national entertainment on the city stage. 

Artisans and crafters will be selling collectibles and hand-crafted items, such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts. 

Kids of all ages will enjoy the free Kids Zone, where they can scale the rock climbing wall, play laser tag, bounce in and on inflatables, relax on the carousel and much more. Food vendors will tempt your taste buds with delicious funnel cakes, hot dogs, Philly cheese steaks, fish, and fun Southern food.

Friday’s featured event begins at 5 p.m. on the city hall stage on Catawba Street with the smooth sounds of local talent Tetrox. 

At 7 p.m., Transit, a vocal band from Raleigh, N.C., will perform with their amazing combination of soaring leads, smooth harmonies, and a thumping rhythm section, that demonstrates the power, versatility and emotion of the human voice. 

Topping off the evening at 9 p.m. is nationally acclaimed Nantucket. The Carolinas-based rock ‘n’ roll band will bring you to your feet with their time-tested music that has captured audiences since 1972.

Saturday’s fun starts at 10 a.m. with a first birthday celebration for Rosie, the city of Lancaster’s mascot. 

Join Charlotte Panthers’ mascot Sir Purr, the Charlotte Knights’ Homer the Dragon and Caroline the Dragon, along with local Founders Federal Credit Union’s top dog, Daniel the Spaniel, Harris Teeter’s Harry the Dragon, the Chick-fil-A cow and Santa as they sing Happy Birthday to Rosie. 

The first 300 children will receive a cupcake, birthday hats and horns.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., the city stage comes alive with the contemporary Christian sounds of Lancaster’s very own Second Baptist Church and Covenant Baptist Band & Choir, Southern gospel quartet King’s Cause, Restore and Julian Saverance.

Soak up the sun at 3 p.m. with Mark Roberts & Breeze performing a variety of dance, funk, rock-n-roll, Motown, beach and country music. 

At 5 p.m., Summerdaze returns to Lancaster, bringing its shagging sounds and today’s top 40 hits.

Then, shine your boots and settle in for 2002 Colgate Country Showdown winner Glen Shelton. Glen will take the stage with country music that will lift you out of your seat. Glen, who released his first national radio release in 2004, is an Inspirational Country Music New Artist of the Year nominee and an International Country Gospel Music Association Male Horizon and Crossover Artist nominee.

The 2011 Red Rose Festival promises something for every family member. We encourage you to come out and join us for the fun!


– Carolina Hasty is events and promotions manager for See Lancaster SC.