TYLER (KYTX) - Saturday marks a very important day in Tyler's history. Eight decades ago, the rose industry bloomed in Tyler, giving way to an economic boom in the city.
"In growing a rose, you start with a knotty root that's not very pretty. You graft that bud to it, and it becomes a thing of beauty," Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass said to a crowd at the Rose Sunday ceremony.
Just like a rose, the City of Tyler's economy has blossomed over the years into something it's citizens are proud of.
"I Barbara Bass, Mayor of the City of Tyler, Texas do hereby declare April 21, 2013 as Rose Sunday in the City of Tyler Texas."
Saturday kicked off Tyler's 80th rose season, celebrating an industry at the core of the city's success.
Not only does Tyler have the largest municipal rose garden in the country, but it also has the largest distributing processing center, meaning even roses that aren't from here, are processed and sent all over the country.
An integral piece of the rose season, is of course, the Rose Festival.
"The Texas Rose Festival is something that identifies Tyler as a community. So for us to start the 80th year of starting the rose festival and what we now call rose season is an exciting moment in our history," Mayor Bass said.
This year's Rose Festival president introduced this year's queen: "The 2013 Queen of the Texas Rose Festival, Miss Rachel Vanderpool Clyde, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Nelson Clyde IV."
This year's Rose Queen took this Rose Sunday to honor the history of the festival.
"To acknowledge the tremendous commerce the rose industry brings to Tyler. People come from all around to see the famous Tyler rose," Vanderpool Clyde said.
Mayor Bass says, "The chamber of commerce does a study each year on the economic impact and it continues to bring in hundreds of thousands over the years, it's brought in millions of dollars in tourism to our community."
Queen Rachel Vanderpool Clyde met with rose festival presidents from decades past.
"They've been around for so much longer than me. They've seen this for so long and it's cool that they still come out and support everything," she said.
Mayor bass has expanded the rose season to include other events beyond the rose festival and the coronation. Events like the Rose City Marathon bring even more people to Tyler.