The Inaugural Jackson County Rose Festival Gala was held at the Commonwealth Commerce Center ballroom in May. The Gala presented an opportunity for the Jackson County Rose Queen and Miss Jackson County Teen USA candidates to meet their sponsors, Festival board members, volunteers and community guests. The evening included dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Candidates were matched with their sponsors in a random draw. The Gala gave candidates experience presenting their platforms and backgrounds to sponsors and guests as a prelude to the August pageants. The Rose Festival thanks all who attended and invites you to enjoy the photographs from the event in this gallery. Photos courtesy Rod Soat Photography.