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The city's celebration begins Friday, May 25, with festivities at CityFair and then continues for the following two weeks

COURTESY: VERN UYETAKE/ROSE FESTIVAL - The carnival rides of Funtastic Traveling Shows get cranked up at CityFair as the Rose Festival opens at Waterfront Park, Friday, May 25. There'll be fireworks happening in the sky about 9:50 p.m. Friday.It's finally arrived. After months of preparation and fans waiting about 350 days, the Rose Festival officially begins Friday, May 25, with a slew of activities planned at Waterfront Park.

CityFair, featuring Funtastic Traveling Shows carnival rides and more, opens at 5 p.m. and stays open until 11 p.m. Admission is $8 per person (ages 7 and over), with kids 6 and under admitted free, courtesy of Pamplin Media Group.

The opening night concert, at 7 p.m., is by Hit Machine and One More Time Around Again Marching Band.

Opening night fireworks will fill the sky, set to the beat of popular and classic music, beginning at about 9:50 p.m.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 26-28, CityFair stays open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In the first RoZone concert, it's the "Disciple Records Takeover" with Barely Alive, Virtual Riot, Truth and Myro at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

Microsoft activities take place in the Kids Zone from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and "Kids, Clowns and Characters" entertains in the RoZone area from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28. And, the CityFair Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28.

The weekend's theme in the Kids Zone is "Superheroes & Villains."

CityFair, in addition to rides and Kids Zone, features Game On Arcade, Maker's Market, Artslandia Stage, Old Town Brewing Tap House, Eastside Distilling Lounge, Jim Neill Memorial Museum and Pókemon Go and Ingress Destination throughout the park.

A Rose Festival souvenir pin, which grants CityFair admission for all three weekends, is $10 while supplies last at Fred Meyer, Bank of the West, Oregon Duck Stores, the Rose Garden store at Washington Park and at the gates of CityFair.

For more: www.rosefestival.org.

The following two weeks are filled with events. Pamplin Media Group produced a special section on the Rose Festival, distributed this week in our papers, and the Tribune will include Rose Festival information the next two Thursdays.

• The final judged event for the Rose Festival princesses, the Lions Rose Festival Luncheon, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cascade Ballroom, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St. The luncheon is open to the public; it's $35 per person. For tickets, contact Diana Richardson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 14 princesses will take part in the luncheon and question-answer session and give impromptu responses in front of judges and business leaders. Following the luncheon, the judges meet in a closed-door session to pick the 2018 Queen of Rosaria.

The queen's coronation takes place Saturday, June 9, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, just before the Grand Floral Parade.

The princesses are: Lux Preciado-Solis, Lincoln; Kash'lmani Thomas, Jefferson; Melissa Torres-Duran, Grant; Jennifer White, St. Mary's; Alanesia Vang, David Douglas; Madison Nieuwendorp, Roosevelt; Stephanie Vo-Nguyen, Madison; Amaya Gustave, Franklin; Anna Kien, Wilson; Sydney Toops, Cleveland; Mariamou Abdoulaye, Benson; Maya Bedge, Westview/Metro West; Caitlin McCabe, West Linn/Metro East; and Kiara Johnson, Parkrose.

• The 80th Annual Rose Garden Contest is coming up, with completed applications due no later than Friday, May 25.

The contest is open to all rose growers within 20 miles of Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Applications are available at www.royalrosarians.com.

There'll be on-site judging from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3, with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. June 19 at the Royal Rosarian Garden in the Washington Park International Test Garden.

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