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Rose of Tralee competition slated
Contestants sought for annual St. Patrick's event
Posted Date: 2/7/2013 2:15 PM


The Rose of Kentucky will be crowned at the Rose Ball in the Red Mile Clubhouse on Saturday, March 9, 2013 starting at 7 p.m. The winner will win an all-expense-paid trip to Ireland.


Sponsored by the Lexington Celtic Association, the Kentucky Rose competition, a regional affiliate of the Rose of Tralee International Festival competition, is a personality competition, not a traditional beauty pageant, for young women of Irish descent. The competition is based on a 19th century ballad about a woman named Mary whose beauty earned her the title ‘Rose of Tralee.’


Contestants will be young unmarried women of Irish heritage who are between the ages of 18 and 27. 


The Rose of Tralee International Festival draws tourists and contestants from around the globe to Tralee, County Kerry Ireland to enjoy street entertainment, a carnival, live concerts, markets, fireworks and a parade.  The heart of the festival is the crowning of the Rose of Tralee, who will travel the world as an ambassador of Irish culture.


According to festival organizers, “a Rose reflects the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women.   Over the years our Roses have mirrored a changing Ireland and the definition of Irishness.”


In addition, a coloring contest will be held to select Rose Buds, girls between the ages of 6 and 12. 


The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a $30 general admission. There will be complementary hors d’oeuvres and live music.  In addition, tables of eight will be available for $450 and $550 for a table of 10.  Proceeds from entry fees and the Rose Ball will be used to pay for the Rose’s Ireland trip.  A portion of the proceeds will support the Cystic Fibrosis Association.


More information on entry rules and the drawing for the Rose Bud contest can be found on and