Gloucester celebrates Daffodil Festival this weekend
Streets will be lined with booths and exhibits, a parade with more than 50 units will march along Main Street, and a new queen will be crowned as Gloucester celebrates its 26th annual Daffodil Festival this weekend.
"I think we’ve got an awesome festival lined up," said Denise Carter, special events supervisor for Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism department.
The festival will officially kick off following Saturday’s parade at 10 a.m. and will continue through 5 p.m. Hours Sunday are noon to 5 p.m.
This year, a lot of changes have been made, as far as the location of attractions. "We feel like our living room has been painted with all new carpet and furniture," Carter said, speaking of the Main Street enhancement project that was recently completed. "We want to show it off, but we had to do some rearranging."
Carter advised visitors that if they have trouble finding one of their favorite festival booths or activities, it’s there, but may be in a different spot. However, information booths will be set up throughout festival grounds and there will be plenty of volunteers to help direct. "Just look for the yellow vests with the blue daffodil festival logo on the back," Carter said. "They will help you."
André Viette’s broadcast, "In the Garden with the Viettes,’" will broadcast live beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday from inside the colonial courthouse. Visitors may watch the broadcast live from inside the building, where there will be special interviews from Daffodil Festival Council members and other residents.
Viette is a horticulturist, author and lecturer who has developed a farm and nursery in Fishersville that grows over 3,000 varieties of perennials for the sun and shade. His radio show airs in four states and Washington, D.C., every Saturday morning from 8-11. Listeners nationwide can call in to have their gardening questions answered by Viette.
Saturday’s parade, with over 50 units, will start at 10 a.m. from Main Street Center and end at Justice Drive. Entries will include the Gloucester High School Marching Dukes, various church and civic groups, the Gloucester Moose Lodge lawnmower racers and more, Carter said.
The shuttle will leave taking visitors to tour Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, on Saturday only, from the corner of Duval Avenue and Main Street beginning at 11. Tickets are $5; the tour lasts about an hour and a half.