Applications for the 2020 Ohio Rose Selection are now CLOSED. Please join us for the Selection Celebration on February 8th, 2020. Visit our Ticket page for more information.

Follow the steps below for your chance
to represent Ohio in the 2020 Rose of Tralee International Festival
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

Here are the steps to become an Ohio Rose Applicant:

Step 1: Read over the information below.
Step 2: Complete the Rose of Tralee Questionnaire found at
Step 3: Download and Complete the 2020 Ohio Rose Application.
Mailing all items to:
Ohio Rose Centre
P.O. Box 45512
Westlake, Ohio 44145
(make checks payable to Westlake World Partners Co.)
Step 4: Be sure to check your email for information and updates from the Ohio Rose Centre!
Step 5: Come to the Selection weekends, be yourself and have fun!


Am I eligible to apply?
To apply to be a Rose, all applicants must:
a) Be 18 years of age by January 1, 2020 and will not have reached your 29th birthday on or prior to the following September 1, 2020.
b) Be unmarried or never been married.
c) Be born in Ireland, be an Irish citizen or be of Irish origin by virtue of at least one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland. Traditionally, most of our applicants qualify as being of Irish descent.
d) Ideally, you should have lived in Ohio for a minimum of one year and recommend that if selected as the Rose that you will remain an Ohio resident for the following 12 months.
e) Never have previously represented any Centre as a Rose in the Regional Festival or International Rose of Tralee Selection.
f) Be available for Ohio Rose Selection events and if selected be available for the Regional Festival and International Festival events.

Are there fees to apply?
a) Yes, there is a $50 Individual Application Fee and a $100 Sponsorship Fee.
b) Each Rose Applicant is asked to seek out a sponsor. This can be a business or sponsor with or without Irish affiliation. The sponsorship will be recognized in several ways, including in our program, on the website, and on the sash of the sponsored participant. If an applicant has any issues with obtaining a sponsor or meeting the Application Fee requirement, please contact the Ohio Centre at:

What is the Selection process?
Throughout Ohio Rose events, a panel of judges will consider many different attributes including, in the words of William Mulchinock’s song “The Rose of Tralee,” an indefinable quality that captures “the truth in her eyes”. The Rose of Tralee International Festival celebrates modern young women in terms of their aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage. (text from

When do I need to be available for the Rose Selection?
a) All applicants are asked to be available the weekends of February 1st, 2020 and February 7th-8th, 2020 for judging and social activities planned. In addition, we ask that the new 2020 Ohio Rose will be available for part of the day on Sunday, February 10th for media engagement.
b) If selected as the 2020 Ohio Rose, you will need to be available for travel the Rose of Tralee Tour and International Festival, in August 2020 (start date to be flexible as the International Festival sets calendar of events). Be sure to plan extra days before and after for travel! In addition, you may be called upon for other travel for regional events.

What happens if I am selected as the 2020 Ohio Rose?
a) After being chosen here in Ohio, you will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Rose of Tralee International Festival (Roses are expected in August approximately, August 13-25, 2020, dates are subject to change per the discretion of the International Rose of Tralee Festival). Prior to your trip, the Ohio Centre will help you make preparations. You will participate in a busy schedule of activities culminating in the selection on the 2020 International Rose of Tralee.
b) In addition to the trip, a donation will be made to a charity of your choice. As the 2020 Ohio Rose, you will represent the Ohio Rose Centre at various festivals, parades, and social events starting with the Saint Patrick’s Day activities and Parade. This is also an opportunity for you to take ownership in helping to nurture the Ohio Centre program as have our Roses of prior years.

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