[Posted on Mar 21, 2018 | 412 views]
This photo from the Gazette-Journal archives is believed to be from 1940, possibly depicting that year’s Daffodil Queen and her princesses. Seventy-eight years later, a new Gloucester Daffodil Queen will be crowned as part of this weekend’s Gloucester Daffodil Festival. We at the Gazette-Journal have colorized a couple of other daffodil photos from our files and included them in our special festival section. File photo colorized by Peter J. Teagle
Carol Aldridge, a native of England, above, was selected as the 2018 Daffodil Festival Print Artist. She’s lived in Gloucester for the past 20 years and works for the Gloucester Library. Painting for most of her life and particularly waterfowl, Aldridge donates some of her artwork to Ducks Unlimited for auction, raising money for water preservation. This is her third time as the winning artist for the Daffodil Festival, with her most recent artwork featured as the 2017 Daffodil Festival print. File photo
Patty Rosenberg has been selected at grand marshal of the 2018 Daffodil Festival. She has a long history with the festival, serving as its chair from 1989-1990. She has also worked on the festival committee numerous times, completing a wide range of tasks. She and her husband Eric, also shown, have two daughters and four grandchildren. File photo
The Little Miss Daffodil contestants were recognized during a special ceremony March 11 at The Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester. The program is open to young ladies in Gloucester ages 6-8. Shown with the 2017 Daffodil Festival Queen Brianna Miller are Colbie Russ, left, and Cailynn Monnoyer. Little Miss Daffodil will be crowned at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Main Street Stage.
Princesses vying for this year’s Daffodil Festival Queen were recognized during a special ceremony at Warner Hall in Gloucester on March 11. Shown, from left to right, surrounding Brianna Miller, the 2017 Queen, are Delilah Nelson, Elizabeth Simmons, Kaitlynn George, Julia Shaffer, Caroline Cox, Gabriella Hansen, Ali Adickes, and Jennifer Herman. The Gloucester Daffodil Festival Queen will be crowned immediately after Saturday’s parade at the Main Stage near the food court.
Harriet Miller of North was the Daffodil Queen in 1940. A local daffodil festival started in 1938 but ended after 1941 due to World War II. The present-day Gloucester Daffodil Festival started in 1987. This file photo, originally black and white, was colorized by Peter J. Teagle
Selena Hopkins gathers daffodils in 1940 at Rivers Edge Flower Farm on Waverley Lane in Gloucester. Thanks to Brent Heath, we have identified this photo which lay in our files for many years with no name. Mrs. Hopkins died in 1970 at age 91. This file photo, originally black and white, was colorized by Peter J. Teagle

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