If you are looking for a fun festival to attend in the spring then look no further than Gloucester, Virginia’s famous Daffodil Festival! This is a very fun outing for young and the young at heart alike!

History:

Since 1987, Gloucester County, Virginia has had its annual Daffodil Festival. This festival is well known to people of the area and around the area. The festival takes place every year in early April to celebrate the heritage and community of the county of Gloucester, as well as the heritage of daffodils in Gloucester. Gloucester’s historic production of daffodils led it to become named the “Daffodil Capitol of America.” The Daffodil Festival offers many aspects including scholarships for local students, contests for Daffodil Queen, a parade, and other contests and events. People from anywhere can come enjoy this two-day event that takes place in Gloucester Courthouse. Approximately 8,000 people attend the festival every year.

Earlier from 1937 to 1941 a Daffodil “festival” had been successfully managed to attract tourists to the area to see the vast acres of the yellow blossoms. Unfortunately for the Gloucester and Mathews Counties World War II was underway in March, 1942 when the organizing committee decided to suspend the festivities. It was not resumed until 45 years later.

The Daffodil Festival was created because of the rich history of the daffodil in Gloucester County, Virginia. The rich history begins in 1651 when Gloucester County was formed from part of York County. The soil was perfect for daffodils and this flower began to grow around the county. Gloucester County earned the title of “Daffodil Capitol of America” in the 1930s and 1940s. The rise in popularity and ability to grow of daffodils in the county led to daffodil farms and even imported bulbs from other countries. Gloucester was even featured in the National Geographic twice with pictures of the townsfolk and daffodils. After World War II, a decline in growing occurred only to rebound into one of the biggest frenzies of daffodil growing Gloucester had seen. This frenzy led to overproduction and the eventual decline of the daffodil production in the Daffodil Capitol of America.

The Festival:

Begin the day at the Parade around the historic Courthouse Circle! All-day entertainment includes storytellers, magicians, singers & bands. Pets and their owners are invited to participate in the “Magnificent Mutt Show” where everyone is a winner. Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Shows feature local & regional artists. Follow your nose to the food court for fresh seafood, bar-b-que, funnel cakes, fries, burgers, chicken, and more. Children will enjoy clowns, face painting, balloons, games & pony rides. Daffodil bulbs are on sale with Fall delivery. There is something to please the entire family … truly a full day of family fun.

This is one of my favorite Festivals to attend. It is worth a trip to attend this wonderful event!