The City of Lancaster will celebrate the arrival of Spring with the fourth annual “Red Rose Festival” in historic downtown Lancaster on Friday, May 17 from 6-10 pm, and Saturday, May 18 from 10 am-10 pm. Featured events will include two music stages with 18 local and nationally acclaimed artists, an arts and crafts open market, Rosie’s Fun Fest Kids area, a Festival of Foods concessions area, roaming entertainment, a triathlon and more! Performances by The Donna Taylor Band and The Voltage Band. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will announce this year’s Photography contest winners and the unveiling of the 2014 Red Rose Festival Poster. Chuck Boozer from Interstate 107 FM Country Radio will be your host! On Saturday, excitement begins across town at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Health and Fitness Center with the Habitat For Humanity inaugural Tri For The Roses Public Safety Triathlon Challenge. Registration begins at 7 am at the 476 Hubbard Drive location in Lancaster. The top three teams will receive trophies and the winning team will receive $500 for their organization. Call 803-283-1203 to pre-register. The festival opens in historic downtown on Saturday morning at 10 am with a myriad of artisans and crafters from the Carolinas, Rosie’s Kid’s Zone with amusements, and beating music on two stages. Area restaurants and vendors will be on site offering all of your favorite southern foods! The Red Rose Festival is scheduled rain or shine. Admission is free and open to the public.