160+ vendors to take part in Gloucester Daffodil Festival

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 03, 2013 - 01:15 PM

Photo: John Gordon III, owner/operator for Chick-fil-A of Gloucester, has been selected as grand marshal of the 2013 Daffodil Festival parade.

John Gordon III, owner/operator for Chick-fil-A of Gloucester, has been selected as grand marshal of the 2013 Daffodil Festival parade.

More than 160 vendors are expected to participate in the 27th annual Daffodil Festival that is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday along Gloucester’s Main Street.

"I think we’ve got a great weekend lined up," said Gloucester’s special events coordinator Denise Carter. "There will be things for everybody."

She said she has seen some comments of various Facebook pages that many former residents expect to come home to enjoy the festival. "I anticipate a lot of reunions on Main Street," Carter said. "And that’s always one of those things that gets me excited about the festival."

Hours for the festival are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Shuttle parking for $2 will be available starting at 8 a.m. from the Gloucester High School parking lot. Proceeds will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester.

One of the first major events Saturday is the Daffodil Festival Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. from Main Street Center and continue to Botetourt Elementary School. Over 50 entries are expected to participate in this year’s parade, Carter said.

Andre Viette will be broadcasting his nationwide call-in garden show, "In the Garden with Andre Viette," live from the colonial courthouse once again this year, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Carter said that even though this broadcast begins before the actual starting time of the festival, the colonial courthouse will be open for those who would like to watch and listen to the live broadcast.