Get Into the Fun!

The Daffodil Festival gives you plenty opportunity to join in on the fun! If you're into vintage cars you can swing by the Antique Car Show. Perhaps motorcycles are more your speed. In that case, roll through the Bike Show. There's a spectacular art show where you can buy fabulous works of art from local and regional artists. Get ready for winter at the Quilt Show and Art Sale in the 1st UMC Great Hall/Welcome Center. Take a walk through history down by the river to see the Civil War Encampment and battle re-enactors. And don't forget the Championship Steak Cook-off on Saturday. It will be the best steak you'll ever eat.

Walmart sponsored Children’s Activities are not just for small children – they for those who are “young at heart” also! Try a hand on a rhythm instrument, led by a professional Drum Circle instructor or dabble in paints and produce a Daffodil creation to take home during the Make and Take event in the Children’s Area, 200 E. Washington. These creative arts activities are FREE. Additional fee-based entertainment activities will be available in the adjoining area.

World Championship Steak Cook-off
Miss Daffodil Pageant
Art Show & Sale
Painting Contest
Dining with the Daffodils
Civil War Encampment & Show
Quilt Show
Live Entertainment
Antique Car Show
Bike Show
Rock Climbing Wall

World Championship Steak Cook-off

Limited tickets available at Information booth until 4:00 pm.
Must buy tickets in advance!!!

On Saturday evening stay around for the Annual World Championship Steak Cook-Off featuring angus beef rib eye steaks with all the trimmings. Eat well and enjoy the FREE music, 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.

Click here to find out more.

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Miss Daffodil Pageant

Miss Daffodil Pageant 2016
Date: March 5, 2016
Location: Camden Fairview High School's Little Theatre
1750 Cash Road
Camden AR, 71701
Morning Pageant – 0 to 6 years
Afternoon Pageant – 7 to 18 yrs

Entry Categories and Fees:
Beauty $25.00
Photogenic* (one photo) $10.00
Extra photogenic photos $5.00 each
People's Choice (no fee)

Entry Fee deadline: March 2, 2016

Beauty Prizes:
Winners receive a Crown & Trophy
1st & 2nd runner-ups receive a Trophy
Photogenic: Winners receive a Trophy
People's Choice: Winners receive a Crown
All contestants will receive participation medals.

Please complete and return this form, with entry fee, by the deadline:
Mail to:
Main Street Camden
P.O. Box 99 Camden, AR 71711
For more info, contact Main Street Camden: 870-836-6426,

Click Here to Download the Miss Daffodil Info Packet

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Art Show/Sale

1st UMC Welcome & Hospitality Center – March 11th - 12th • 9:00 – 5:00 pm. This is a FREE EVENT!

Local and regional arts will be exhibiting and selling their work at the Daffodil Festival Art Show and Sale in the festival hospitality center at First United Methodist Church Great Hall from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11-12.

During last year's artist's reception, local and out-of-town artists entered Daffodil-themed paintings and the art was judged. First place went to a watercolor rendering by L.S. Eldridge of Rogers entitled "Chance of Snow." Eldridge's winning piece is featured on this year's Daffodil Festival T-shirts, poster, stickers, buttons, advertising and Web site.

One of the paintings in a three-way tie for second place was by Camden resident Ted Barnes entitled "Clown Bottle." Other second-place winners were "Look Thera Lou, I Planted Them!" by Emily Wood of Little Rock and formerly of Camden, and "Early Risers" by Sandy Bennett of El Dorado.

Daffodil Festival organizers are encouraging local businesses to purchase local paintings from the Art Show and Sale to encourage our artists and preserve our art for future generations, and keep them in our community.

Click Here to download the 2016 Art Show letter and application form.

For more information call:
Donna Adams at (870) 836-8652

Juried Art Show & Sale

106 E. Washington - Frame of Mind Art Gallery

Area artists will also compete in the festival’s 10th annual art contest. The competition is for the best original artwork, which must include daffodils and reflect the spirit of the festival.

This juried art show features a 1st-place purchase prize of $1,000 and the artwork will be featured on 2017 Daffodil Festival promotion items including posters and T-shirts.

All artwork entered for competition will be for sale and displayed at Frame of Mind through the end of the festival.

There are also three additional prizes of $300.

The 2016 judging will be at Frame of Mind, 106 E. Washington St., on Tuesday, March 8, followed by an artists’ reception at 6 p.m.

Festival organizers encourage local businesses to purchase paintings from the Art Show and Sale to support artists and preserve the art for future generations.

Art by the late Camden artist Emma Urrey was used for the first festival poster to feature original art.

A work by Camden’s Nadine Abbott was featured the following year.

Some of the competing artists and many others will exhibit non- competing artworks during the show and sale in the Great Hall of the First Methodist Church. The church is located on Harrison Street downtown.

There will be a limited number of 2016 festival posters available for purchase at the Show and Sale. The poster features art by Jan Hartley.

There will also be a limited number of posters signed by Hartley available for purchase.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Juried Art Show and Entry Form

For More Information:
Greg Robertson

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Dining with the Daffodils!

March 11 & 12, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grace Hill Estate (Old Wire Road / 3675 Ouachita Rd. 3)

Join us at Grace Hill for lunch on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 until 2:30. Meet us on the back lawn where we will have lunch ‘al fresca’ and be entertained by a strolling violinist.

~ Menu ~
French Potato Soup
Tomato Basil Soup

Served with
Chicken Salad Sandwich on a Croissant
Pimento Cheese Sandwich on Seared Sourdough Bread

N’Orleans Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce

Sooo good! . . . and all homemade!!!

The cost of the lunch is a suggested donation of $15.00. The proceeds will go toward the development of the Ft. Lookout Museum and Interpretive Park (sponsored by the Ouachita County Historical Society).

You can get to Grace Hill on the Daffodil Festival tour bus, which will run every 30 minutes, or you can drive out (3675 Ouachita Road 3).

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Civil War Re-enactors Encampment & Show

The annual Camden Daffodil Festival is always a great time to enjoy the company of Arkansas Civil War reenactors! Artillery demonstrations are always a hit (no pun intended) with the crowds. Camden is host to serious Civil War history and this event is always a great time to discuss the significance of Camden during the war 150 years ago.

Just follow the sounds of the cannons! There will be infantry demonstrations and The Arkansas Toothpick will be on hand to answer any questions about Arkansas in the Civil War.

See re-enactors downtown on Riverfront. Cannons fired hourly. Full infantry will be there! This is a FREE EVENT!

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Quilt Show

March 11-12th – 9:00-5:00 pm. Fabulous display! This is a FREE EVENT!

Held at First United Methodist Church Great Hall, The Ouachita Quilters gather quilts donated for the show from Ouachita County residents. The number of quilts at the show is usually around 40.

One of the other projects of this group is to donate baby quilts to the Women's Crisis Center; they have donated 80 over the past years.

Also one of the founding members of the club, Ethel Hickman, was the first woman from Arkansas to have a quilt on permanent display at the World Quilting Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

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Live  Entertainment

Two Locations

Be sure to take a break and enjoy some of the best local and regional entertainment South Arkansas has to offer. You'll hear bands, local choirs, and singing groups, as well as see dance troupes and other forms of entertainment throughout the day.

Entertainment Schedule:

FRIDAY, March 6 - "Farmers Bank Stage"
11:00-11:15 - Alexis Shavez
11:15-11:45 - Leggitt Family
11:55-12:15 - CF ABC Preschool Children
12:15-12:30 - Tammy Fogle
12:30-12:55 - Camden Fairview “Ivory School Honor Choir”
1:00-1:25 - Harmony Grove “High School Choir”
1:30-1:55 - Harmony Grove “Harmony Hornets Choir”
2:00-2:25 - Camden Fairview “Intermediate School Honor Choir”
3:00-3:25 - Evan Wheatley and Friends

SATURDAY, March 7 - "Farmers Bank Stage"
10:00-10:25 - Josh Jeffers
10:30-11:00 - Lana Collins Vocal Students (Emily Davis, Sydney Piggot, Grace Avant, Jillian Russell)
11:05-11:15 - Ashlyn Ray
11:15-11:30 - Extra
11:30-11:55 - Chandler Walley
12:00-12:30 - Delaney Fogle
12:35-1:00 - Dillon Fogle
1:05-1:30 - Tammy Fogle
1:35-2:00 - Jim McKelvin
2:05-2:30 - Ali Wofford
2:35-3:00 - Rhonda Delamar
3:00-3:30 - Sarah Key
3:30-4:00 - Emma Grace Beard

SATURDAY, March 7 - "Steak Cook-Off Stage"
11:00-11:30 - Telematic (Mitch McKelvin, Mitchell Lowe, Jared Steed)
11:50-1:15 - Shanna Dorey and Company (with Phil Wallace and Derek Marlar)
1:30-2:30 - Steve Reeves (Gospel)
2:45 - Pageant Winner Announcements
4:00-7:00 - Night Haw

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Antique Car Show

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Register from 9:00 AM - 12 PM
Location: Corner of Haynes & Washington Street (1108 W. Washington St.)
Trophies awarded @ 3:00 p.m.

Car show entry $10.00 per car owner, additional cars no charge.
Cars entered eligible for
"Participant's Choice Award for Best of Show"
Additional judging awards for "Best Paint and Best Motor"
For more Information contact John Coons: 870-833-0508


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Bike Show

Date: March 12, 2016
Registration time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the corner of Harrison & Washington St.
Entry Fee: $10.00 per Bike
Motorcycles entered are eleigible for "Judges Choice Award"

2 Classes – Foreign & Domestic

Trophies awarded at 2:30 PM

For more information call 870-833-0508


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Rock Climbing Wall

Sat, March 12th – Two climbs $5.00.

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