Weather-shortened Daffodil Festival still a success

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 03:43 PM

Photo: Past Daffodil Festival queens served as grand marshals of this year’s parade. First row, from left, are Mary Boerner (Daffodil Festival Committee member), Katie Smith (1988), Katina Keener (1991), Rebecca Shaw (1989), Heather Templeton (2006) and Ashley Beddingfield (2003). Second row, from left, are Danielle Martin (2008), Joann Kelly (2002), Christel Santiago (1995), Traci Sacchetti (2001), Emily Satchell (2009), Mary Sayle (2007), Kristen Horning (2000), Michelle Seaford (1999), Sissi Mise (2005), Kristen Collier (1992) and Lindsay Williamson (1997); not shown, Christy Fulcher (1988), Shandy Smith (1990), Kelly Satterfield (1993), Jennifer Orth-Veillon (1994), Angela Rolly (1996), and Elizabeth Shields (2004).

Past Daffodil Festival queens served as grand marshals of this year’s parade. First row, from left, are Mary Boerner (Daffodil Festival Committee member), Katie Smith (1988), Katina Keener (1991), Rebecca Shaw (1989), Heather Templeton (2006) and Ashley Beddingfield (2003). Second row, from left, are Danielle Martin (2008), Joann Kelly (2002), Christel Santiago (1995), Traci Sacchetti (2001), Emily Satchell (2009), Mary Sayle (2007), Kristen Horning (2000), Michelle Seaford (1999), Sissi Mise (2005), Kristen Collier (1992) and Lindsay Williamson (1997); not shown, Christy Fulcher (1988), Shandy Smith (1990), Kelly Satterfield (1993), Jennifer Orth-Veillon (1994), Angela Rolly (1996), and Elizabeth Shields (2004).

The silver anniversary of the Gloucester Daffodil Festival proved to be "awesome," according to Denise Carter, special events supervisor for Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. Well, at least one day of it.

The decision was made late Saturday afternoon to cancel the second day of the festival, which was scheduled to go on through Sunday. Carter said the choice was not taken lightly even after seeing three different forecasters give the same gloomy outlook.

"We beat it to death," she said. "We know a lot of local folks like Sunday because it is less traffic and is a less rushed type of day."

In the end, it all worked out for the best. Carter said all of the vendors were supportive of Sunday’s cancellation. Even though Sunday morning’s rain, sleet and snow gave way to sunshine later in the afternoon, she said chilly temperatures would have likely kept many visitors away.