Our Town is in Full Bloom!
Welcome spring in Camden, Arkansas, and see millions of daffodils spreading over many acres of six large daffodil gardens. See our stagecoach museum, winding river, and antebellum homes, all lovingly restored. Walk in our historic cemetery with costumed actors enchanting you with the real stories of early settlers who rest there. Festival Shuttles will provide transportation to the Gardens; Homes; Cemetery Walk and the Antique Car Show. Participants are strongly encouraged to use the Festival Shuttle service. Other events at our Festival include a Championship Steak Cook-Off March 8th and an Antique Car Show and Bike Show. Very limited parking is available at the various sites. We hope to see you this year at the Camden Daffodil Festival!
Take the Tours!
When you tour our museums and homes, costumed performers will weave their stories, and you might get lucky and see the ghost in our stagecoach museum.
Begin your adventure in the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church smack in the middle of town with the Festival banners flying! Inside, coffee and home baked refreshments are offered by smiling volunteers who show you where to buy the various tickets you'll need. It's all located in a room that also will be displaying our Quilt Show, Art Show/Sale and Daffodil Boutique.
So Much to Do!
Outside, lining our streets, you can view our wonderful murals covering our colorful history. There will be food and craft vendors, live music, and children's activities which include rock climbing, train rides and games.
One of the gardens also has a large Japanese Garden where martial arts will be viewed and demonstrated.
Getting hungry? We have a variety of food offered all over town or stop on your tour and dine with the Daffodils at Grace Hill Garden offering great food and hospitality while you sit and rest.
All Weekend Long
Stay the whole weekend and enjoy a great variety of family oriented, reasonably priced entertainment. On Saturday, participate in the 5K Run/Walk. Then have a hot breakfast, with the Kiwanis Club doing the cooking, at Camden Fairview High School, 1750 Cash Rd. 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Begin your day early and enjoy! After a hearty breakfast it's back to town for more music, arts/crafts, sightseeing, or just walk around looking at the Civil War Reenactors at the river park where they are cooking, firing their cannons and giving a lesson in living history…some on horseback.
World Championship Steak Cook-off
Then, Saturday evening stay around for the 14th Annual Steak Cook-Off featuring 14 oz. angus beef rib eyes with all the trimmings-$22.00. Eat well and enjoy the music 5:00 – 6:0 p.m. – no charge – dance in the streets, enjoy our community, and you are most welcome at any of our churches for Sunday morning services.
We hope you will come and bring cameras, casual clothing, happy hearts, and your dancing shoes! Our festival was founded by local citizens and gardeners who wanted to share our charm and give the money to local charities. We have emergency vehicles on hand and lots of security so come visit us, relax, have a good time knowing your money goes for a good cause.
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Hospitality never grows old - even if we do
Can it be that for over 20 years the Daffodil Festival Committee has been giving a generous and cordial welcome to thousands of guests as they come to Camden to enjoy the place we call home? That is the goal of the Daffodil Festival Hospitality Committee.
The week of the festival finds scores of volunteers distributing festival stickers, a Festival newspaper of activities & vases of locally-grown daffodils to area businesses. We are a busy bunch!
Festival vendors receive pre-Festival welcome letters and are greeted by our committee upon arrival to our city. A welcome packet of local lore is presented to each, as well as a vase of daffodils to be placed in their festival booth.
Each tour ticket holder will receive a Festival sticker as a memento of the weekend.
Our "Festival ButtonSwap" will be available at the Daffodil Festival Committee Booth, located at the corner of Washington & Adams. Vintage buttons will be available. Bring one and take one!
Thanks to the help of kind volunteers, our Festival Signature Vase will be available at the Daffodil Boutique located in the Great Hall of the 1st United Methodist Church in Downtown Camden. Don't leave town without one!
The CAMDEN POST OFFICE will have an extended window at the corner of Washington & Adams on Friday, March 7,2014 (weather permitting). Bring mail here to process with a one-of-a-kind FESTIVAL CANCELLATION STAMP.
Now, this is where each of our Camden citizens can be a part of this event:
Wear your finest smile of friendship!
Company is coming!