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Camden Daffodil Festival is set
The 25th Annual Camden Daffodil Festival will be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Camden and surrounding areas. The event will feature food vendors, craft vendors, tours of homes and local farms, activities for kids, and more. Some roadways in downtown Camden will be blocked off beginning Thursday night. See article.

Camden Daffodil Festival is set The 25th Annual Camden Daffodil Festival will be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Camden and surrounding areas. The event will feature food vendors, craft vendors, tours of homes and local farms, activities for kids, and more. Some roadways in downtown Camden will be blocked off beginning Thursday night. See article.

Daffodil Festival will be held Mar. 9-10

By By Bradly Gill
This article was published March 8, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

— By BRADLY GILL

Staff writer

The 25th Annual Camden Daffodil Festival will take place March 9-10, and despite stormy weather predicted for Saturday, a host of events for all ages are planned.

The festival will feature activities such as the Daffodil 5K Run, Choctaw Indian Nation Cultural Display, Children’s Activities, Teen Scene and Craft & Street Vendors

The Daffodil Festival website states:

“Walk among and view hundreds of thousands of daffodils in our three Showcase gardens; the Beale Daffodil Farm and Grace Hill, with self-guided visits to Oakland Farms, and the Dawson Daffodil Farm. The Garden Tours originate from the First United Methodist Church at 116 Jefferson St. in downtown Camden.

“The Festival Committee strongly recommends Festival Guests take advantage of the Shuttle Service provided while visiting the Gardens and Homes. Very limited parking is available at these locations. Considerations will be given to handicapped patrons and other special needs.

The Daffodil Garden Tours will showcase three privately-owned daffodil gardens.

Admission is $20 for adults, $8 ages 6-18, and children five years of age and under are free.

The cost of an individual garden tour is $7.

Grace Hill is one of the featured gardens and is located at 3675 Ouachita 3 - aka Old Wire Road.

The website states: “Grace Hill is the home of Frank and Joy Wright Wietecha. The name ‘Grace Hill’ comes from Joy’s Aunt Grace, who gave Joy this family farm land which has been in Joy’s family since the 1830’s.

“Completed in 1992, the home is a copy of the George Wythe house (circa 1740) in Williamsburg, Virginia. Attention to detail has proven to present a simple home with a lot of ‘presence.’

“Dining with the Daffodils was established years ago here at Grace Hill. Come join us on the ‘back lawn’ where we have set up tables ‘al fresca.’

"We will serve you hot soup and a sandwich and ’N’Orleans’ bread pudding (that is legendary—really!). All this is home-cooked and served by the Friends of the Fort Lookout Civil War Museum and Interpretive Park sponsored by the Ouachita County Historical Society.”

Since rain is in the forecast for Saturday, the "Dining with the Daffodils" will be held at the same time, but in the great hall at First Presbyterian Church at 313 Greening St.

Also featured at the Daffodil Festival tours is the Beale Daffodil Farm at 290 Ouachita 42.

Regarding that site, the website states:

“Deep in the backwoods of south Ouachita County, among the towering pine trees, hidden treasures are multiplying every year, and they wave golden greetings to all who come to visit. The Camden Daffodil Festival is fortunate to offer the Beale Daffodil Farm for a fourth year on the Garden Tour. Visitors are warmly greeted by Anne Beale, who will personally introduce visitors to her extended family of daffodil bulbs, and encourage all to walk throughout the naturalized landscaping of ‘The Property.’

"The Beale’s pursue, with permission, the rescue of abandoned bulbs from old house places, and have designated acres to cultivating Heirlooms, as well as Hybrids, to be transplanted later around the place. Grady Beale is a retired teacher and coach, and approaches his hobby with enthusiasm.

"With a cordless drill and garden auger in his hand, he is a gardener on a mission – planting more bulbs! Enjoy this hidden jewel, and be sure to come back next year to visit again!”

In addition to the garden tours, Saturday will play host to the 18th Annual Steak Cook-off with serving lines open from 5-6:15 p.m. in the parking lot on Washington Street and Harrison Street with a DJ providing music from -6:15 p.m. There will be a drive-though area close to the Jefferson Street and Harrison Street intersection for those wanting 'takeout.’

Prior to the cook-off, a "Cook’s Meeting" will be held at 10 a.m. at Postmasters Grill, 133 W. Washington St.

The Daffodil Festival website states that large cash prizes will be awarded n several different categories.

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