The annual Azalea and Spring Flower Show opened Friday signaling the start of spring in Tyler. The Azalea Belles, who are the ambassadors of the event, joined in a Ribbon cutting ceremony to mark of the 10-mile trail that stretches through Tyler’s Azalea District.

Kim Morris with the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau expects more than 100,000 tourist will visit the Azalea Trail that runs through April 7th.

Morris added that this year marks the 54th year Tyler has welcomed guests from around the world to walk the brick streets and tour the nearly 100 homes that make up the Azalea District.

Many of the yards along the Trial still feature the original plants that arrived by boxcar in the 1940s and 50s.

Many events will also be held during the three weeks of the trail including an arts n crafts fair at Bergfeld park, carriage ride tours, and a local contest that offers many unique prizes.

Visitors can obtain trail information packets at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce located at 315 North Broadway Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. from March 15 – April 7.

Information on the Tyler Azalea Trail is also available on line at http://www.tylerazaleatrail.com/ or visit www.visittyler.com