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Why become a Rose?

Participating in the Rose of Tralee is an unforgettable opportunity for young women. Partaking in the local selection alone is a fantastic event in which the participating Rose entrants may make lifelong friends, memories, and connections. Entrants will enjoy special events organized by the San Francisco Rose Center throughout the selection process. 


If selected, the lucky young woman is titled The San Francisco Rose and will travel to Ireland to participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, which features Roses from all over the world, and take part in all the festival has to offer - including worldwide television coverage and press attention. Accommodation and meals will be courtesy of The Rose of Tralee International Festival throughout the Rose Tour of Ireland. 


Prize Includes

* A stipend to participate in the Festival, held in Tralee, Co. Kerry

* An all-expenses-paid stay in Ireland courtesy of The Rose Of Tralee International Festival, including hair and makeup for TV appearance

* Photos taken the night of the event which may be used as press photos for Ireland

* Plus potential gifts from our sponsors


Learn more about becoming a Rose from Róisín Hunt (2010 San Francisco Rose).


The San Francisco Rose participates in the International Festival every 2 out of 3 years, per the Festival's latest format.

San Francisco is scheduled to return to the Festival in 2024 and 2026.   

Ideal candidates are:

  • 18 years of age by January 1, 2026, and will not have reached your 30th birthday on or prior to September 1, 2026

  • Identify as female

  • Of Irish birth, Irish citizenship or Irish descent residing in and representing the west coast of America

  • Never have previously been a Rose representing a Rose Center in the International Festival

  • Must be available for events organized by the San Francisco Rose Center during the months of February-March and able to attend the International Festival in Ireland in mid/late August

In 2026

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