Over 600,000 daffodils.
Over 100,000 attendees.
One stupendous event!
The 35th Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival in Hubbard Park is almost here and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 35 musical acts scheduled to perform this year and plenty of food, games, rides and activities on hand for everyone. The two day event kicks off on Saturday, April 27th and ends on Sunday, April 28th, but the amusement rides and food stations will be open starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, the 26th.
Last year the abnormally warm weather caused the thousands of daffodils in the park to bloom early, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year, and they should be in full bloom for the festival. The main event kicks off at 10:00 AM on the 27th, followed by the Daffodil Parade at 11:30 AM. The festivities continue throughout the day until a fireworks display at 8:30 PM leads to a 9:00 PM closing, then pick up again Sunday morning at 10:00 AM and run until the festival closes at 5:00 PM. This year’s festival features something for the entire family: plenty of good food and drink in the Silver Fork Food tent; a juried craft fair featuring over 100 of the area’s most talented crafters; musical entertainment featured in 3 venues: The Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage, the Food Tent stage, and the Band Shell stage; and a number of fun activities for the kids, including jugglers, a martial arts show, temporary tattoos, face painting, ice sculpting, a magician, a yo-yo demonstration, and much more.
The list of musicians who will be playing this year is bigger than ever and sports some of the area’s best known and successful acts, including festival stalwarts River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, plus other acts including The Manchurians, Poor Old Shine, The Sawtelles, The Mold Monkies, and The Peacock Flounders. For a full list of scheduled activities and entertainment, head to the Daffodil Fest web site.
There will be no on-site parking at the event; however, shuttle buses will be in service to transport patrons to and from four designated parking areas: the Westfield Meriden shopping center (JC Penney/Sears deck), Platt High School, and The Hub at the intersection of State and Pratt Streets. The shuttle service will run from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.
There is no admission fee, no parking fee, and no shuttle bus fee. Tickets for all the food vendors and amusements must be purchased at the ticket booths inside Hubbard Park. For more information about scheduled attractions and events, head over to the festival web site at www.daffodilfest.com, call the Daffodil Hotline at (203) 630-4259, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come on out and have some fun!