Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
2015 Jackson Rose Queen Candidates

The Jackson County Rose Festival

For more than 50 years, the Jackson County Rose Festival has served to celebrate the civic pride of the Jackson community.

Incorporated in 1973, there are now several major events organized by the festival, including:

  • Jackson County Rose Parade
  • Picnic in the Park 
  • Jackson County Rose Queen Scholarship Pageant
  • Jackson County Outstanding Teen Pageant
  • Little Miss RoseBud

The Jackson County Rose Parade Route

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The Jackson County Rosequeen Pageant

2014 Rose Queen Court

The Rose Festival includes many beloved activities and amusements, yet the Jackson County Rosequeen Pageant is possibly the Festival’s crowning event. Beginning in 1960, the RoseQueen Pageant is a franchise of the Miss Michigan USA Pageant.  As with these famous pageants, the Rosequeen Pageant supports the educational pursuits of the young women involved. Today, the Jackson Rosequeen Pageant is one of the largest local pageants in the nation in terms of scholarship money.

Why the Rose?

In 1926, a group of Jackson residents planted a rose garden in Ella Sharp Park as a memorial to the great Ella W. Sharp, donor of the over 500 acres that became the largest city park in Jackson. Several years later the rose became the official flower of Jackson and we became known as the Rose City.


Interested? Learn more at JacksonRoseFestival.org

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RoseQueen Scholarship Pageant 2016

This year’s Miss Jackson County RoseQueen Scholarship Pageant will take place Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Western High School Performing... » Event Details

Ella Sharp Park

(517) 788-4040
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3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Ella Sharp Park This 563-acre park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner... » More Information


Park: Daily 5 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park
  • Ella Sharp Park

This 563-acre park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner Play Structure, two lighted softball fields, three regular softball fields, ten soccer fields, four baseball fields, one basketball court, playground areas, mountain biking trails, the Ella Sharp Museum, Hurst Planetarium and hosts the annual Hot Air Jubilee.

New in 2016 an 18-hole disc golf course!

Mini-Golf (Putt-Putt)

  • Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole miniaturized golf course holds fun for everyone. The mini-course is open 7 days a week. Please call for seasonal hours at 517-788-4696

Lighted Softball Fields

  • The park includes 2 full service fenced and lighted ball fields. Field #1 has a scorer's building while field #2 has a rain shelter.

Open Field Sports Area

  • The park includes 3 full-size football fields, 3 softball fields, 4 full-size soccer fields which can be used as 8 smaller fields.

Fishing Area

  • The park has a stretch along the banks of the Grand River which is available for fishing. The area is handicapped accessible and is located in the southeast portion of the park.

Paved and Unpaved Walking, Jogging, and Bike Trails

  • The park includes a 1-mile path that connects from Fourth Street with Museum and with the South Jackson Street entrance. In addition, the park also keeps some rough trails that meander through natural preservation areas in both the East and West sides of Fourth Street. These trails are ideal for walking, jogging, and cross-country skiing. The Cascades Cycling Trail Map

Tennis Courts

  • The park upkeeps 4 paved tennis courts on a first come first serve basis.

Basketball Court

  • The park upkeeps one basketball court located at the South Jackson Road entrance.

Playground Equipment

  • Includes Carter's Corner located across from the Ella Sharp Museum

Facility Rental

  • The City of Jackson Recreation Department (517) 788-4040 will reserve either the Ella Sharp Park Rose Garden (near the entrance of Ella Sharp Park) or the Rotunda (across from the Museum) for your wedding. The Ella Sharp Park Carters Corner Picnic Pavilion or the West Picnic Pavilion are also available for rental. See Ella Sharp Museum for their Facility Rentals.

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