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Daffodil Festival in Gloucester County, Virginia

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Gloucester Daffodil Festival, VirginiaA Daffodil Festival is set for April 6 and 7, 2019, in Gloucester, Virginia. There will be all the accoutrements of a community festival, including arts & crafts, a limited edition poster, a daffodil queen and her court, all sorts of food vendors, a “mutt parade”, and children’s activities.

The flower show, approved by the American Daffodil Society, takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. April 6, and noon to 5 p.m. April 7 in Botetourt Elementary School, 6361 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia.

Here’s how the organizers recount the history of the flower in their region:

The history of the daffodil in Gloucester County, Virginia is almost as old as the county itself. When Gloucester was formed in 1651 from part of York County the early settlers brought these soft reminders of English springs as they established themselves in the area. The soil and weather conditions were ideal for daffodils. The bulbs were passed from neighbor to neighbor and spread from the orderly beds and burying grounds of the great houses to the fields. Some, such as the hardy Trumpet Major variety, seemed to thrive on neglect. By the beginning of the 20th century daffodils grew wild in the untended fields of Gloucester. It is from this abundance of natural beauty that grew the extensive daffodil industry which earned the county the title “Daffodil Capital of America” in the 1930s and ’40s.

In 1938 the first daffodil tour was proposed jointly by the Gloucester Rotary Club and the Gazette-Journal. The Gloucester board of Supervisors appropriated $50 for expenses of the “First Annual Narcissus Tour” which was held March 18-April 9, 1938. The county organized a clean-up week prior to the tour date and 3,000 people took the tour, coming from as far away as New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Connecticut, Boston, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland.

The festival as it’s now constituted began in 1987.

(Photo courtesy of Gloucester Daffodil Festival)

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