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, cruise the roads in the Poker Run, or 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. 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.

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
Daffodil Poker Run
Rock Climbing Competition

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 14 oz. angus beef rib eyes with all the trimmings. Eat well and enjoy the FREE music 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. 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 2014
March 1, 2014
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: February 26, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m.

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: February 26, 2014
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 7 - 8th - 9:00 – 5:00 pm. This is a FREE EVENT!

Camden local artists, as well as artists from other areas within our state and beyond, will enter paintings in a variety of media. Other unique handmade crafts will be offered for sale during the festival.

The Annual Art Sale and Show will be held again this year in the Great Hall of the First Methodist Church.

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.

Some lucky Festival visitor will be taking home the 2013 Daffodil Art Contest winning painting by Melanie Pyron,. Tickets are on sale for $1 each and may be purchased at the Art Show/Sale desk and at the Information Booth downtown during the festival. The drawing will be held at the Awards Presentation during the Steak Cook-Off Saturday night.

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 2014 Art Show letter and application form.

For more information call:
(870) 836-8795 or
(870) 231-5018

Juried Art Show & Sale

106 E. Washington - Frame of Mind Art Gallery

Congratulations, Melanie Pyron, who won 1st Place in the 2013 Daffodil Painting Contest.

Other Winning Entries 2013
Matthew Kaye - “Daffodil Noveau”
Lynn Murray - “Harbinger of Spring"
Emily Moll Wood - "The Reward"

Other Winning Entries 2010
Artist Emily Moll Wood
Artist S. Bennett
Artist Tim Brown

Artist Frankie Dunn

2007 and 2006
Artist Tim Brown

Artist Nadine Abbott

Painting by the late Mrs. Emma Urrey used in the 2005 advertising for the Camden Daffodil Festival

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

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Dining in the Daffodils!

March 7 & 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Grace Hill Estate - 3675 Ouachita 3

"Welcome to Grace Hill" reads the sign at the street, and 'welcome' it is to this country home and garden.

"Dining in the Daffodils" was established several years ago at "Grace Hill."Plan on a delicious lunch on homemade soup and sandwich with N'Orleans bread pudding for dessert – also served up southern style in the back garden. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day at the cost of $13.00. Lunchtime will be enhanced by live harp or violin music both days of the festival.

There are two dovecotes with white doves and a flock of lavender guineas and "Eli" - the great Dane - all claiming ownership of the property. But right now, it is the daffodils that have taken full command!

All this is set amidst the background of fountains, Magnolia trees and boxwoods and, of course, drifts of daffodils. You can get to Grace Hill on the Daffodil Festival tour bus which will run every 30 minutes, or you can drive out. There is a gate fee of $7 per car and the meal is a $13 donation.

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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 7-8th – 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 is set for 2014 Daffodil Festival

FRIDAY, March 7 Washington and Adams Intersection
10:30 -10:50 a.m., CF Preschool Children Sing
10:50 - 11:15 a.m., Tammy Fogle
11:15 - 11:35 a.m., Sarah Key
11:35 - 11:55 a.m., Delaney Fogle
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Girls sing
12:15 - 12:30 p.m., Camden Fairview Middle School Choir
12:30 - 12:55 p.m., Camden Fairview “Ivory School Honor Choir”
1:00 - 1:25 p.m., Harmony Grove “High School Choir”
1:30 - 1:55 p.m., Harmony Grove “Harmony Hornets Choir”
2:00 - 2:25 p.m., Camden Fairview “Intermediate School Honor Choir”
2:30 - 2:55 p.m., Camden Fairview “High School”
3:00 - 3:25 p.m., Josh Jeffers

SATURDAY, March 8 "Farmers Bank Stage"
9:30 - 11:00 a.m., Telematic Band
11:05 - 11:25 a.m., Sydney Pigot
11:30 - 11:55 a.m., Delaney Fogle
Noon - 12:15 p.m., Delaney Fogle and Claire Mosley
12:15 - 12:40 p.m., Chandler Walley
12:45 - 1:05 p.m., Dillon Fogle
1:05 - 1:30 p.m., Kayla Blair
1:35 - 2:00 p.m., Josh Jeffers
2:30 - 2:30 p.m., Tammy Fogle
2:35 - 2:55 p.m., Brandon Farris (Christian Rap)
3:00 - 3:25 p.m., Emile Nolte
3:30 - 3:55 p.m., Evan Wheatley
3:55 - 4:10 p.m., Emily Davis

SATURDAY, March 8 "Steak Cook-Off Stage"
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., CD Music
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., “Nighthawk” - Band From Hope, AR
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Pageant Winner Announcements
and CD Music
3:00 - 4:00 p.m, TBA
4:00 - 7:00 p.m., “NO EXCUSES” - Band from Camden, AR

Entertainment stages are sponsored by: Wade Green Advertising, Camden Drug, Camden Flower Shop, TJ's Restaurant, Century 21, T- Shirt Corral, Kristen's, What's Cookin', Robert Murry @ Shield of Shelter Insurance, Dan Cook's, and Woods Place restaurant.

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Antique Car Show

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Register from 9am until Noon
Location: Corner of Haynes & Washington Streets (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 8, 2014
Registration time: 8:00 a.m. To Noon at the corner of Harrison & Washington St. (if you are entering the Poker Run, you may register up to 1:00 p.m. to be eligible for judging)
Entry Fee: $5.00 per Bike
Motorcycles entered are eleigible for "Judges Choice Award"

2 Classes – Foreign & Domestic

Trophies awarded at 2:30 p.m.

For more information call 870-833-0508


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Daffodil Poker Run

University of Arkansas and SAU Tech Scholarship Fund

The Annual Zachary Brian Hooper Memorial Scholarship Daffodil Poker Run will be held at the Camden Daffodil Festival on March 8.

This will be the fifth year for the Daffodil Poker Run and we are looking forward to another successful event. We host this event in memory of a very special young man who passed away in a motorcycle wreck on May 29, 2009.

Let me tell you a little about that special young man, Zachary. He graduated from Camden Fairview High School in 2005. He went on to be an athletic trainer for the Arkansas Razorbacks where he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in May 2009. Zachary was only 21 years old when he was taken away from us. We hold this event in memory of Zachary.

A scholarship fund in Athletic Training at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in memory of Zachary was set up in 2009. Any high school graduate in Ouachita County area attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville following in this field will be able to apply for the scholarship. All proceeds from the Daffodil Poker Run will go to the U of A scholarship and SAU Tech Scholarship Fund.

Date: March 8, 2014
Registration time: 9:30 a.m. To 10:30 a.m. At VFW East Camden
Pre-register until February 28th: $20.00 biker/$5.00 rider
Additional hand: $5.00 early registration only
Day of event: $25.00 for biker/$10.00 rider
Additional hand: $10.00
Additional cards may be purchased for $5.00.
Maps provided day of the event. If entering bike show you may register at 9:00 a.m. and leave out at 9:30 a.m. We will have registration forms for bike show at the VFW. You do not have to complete all stops you may draw hands missed at end of run. Free event t-shirt to the first 50 participants-bikers only. Prize award will be determined by participation.

Best poker hand – prize money
Worst poker hand – gift

First bike out 10:30 a.m.
Last bike out 11:00a.m.
First bike in 2:00 p.m.
Last bike in 2:30 p.m.
Prize awarded at 2:30 p.m. Downtown at the festival at the corner of Harrison & Washington poker run tent.

Distance: 100 miles
Ride time: 2.5 hours

Register by mail:
Dotty Harris
573 N. Calhoun 95
Camden, AR 71701
Please make checks payable to the Zachary Hooper Scholarship Fundraiser.
Or register by phone or email. For more information call 870-836-2210, 870-574-2158, 870-818-3781 or fax 870-836-8899


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Rock Climbing Wall

Sat, March 8th – Two climbs $5.00.

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