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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.

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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 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 2015
Date: TBA
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: TBA

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, info@CamdenAreaChamberofCommerce.org.

Click Here to Download the Miss Daffodil Info Packet

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Art Show/Sale

1st UMC Welcome & Hospitality Center – March 6th - 7th • 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.

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:
Donna Adams at (870) 836-8652
Email: jojogogo1@msn.com

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

2008
Artist Frankie Dunn

2007 and 2006
Artist Tim Brown

2005
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 6 & 7, 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 6-7th – 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 Coming Soon!

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Antique Car Show

CAMDEN DAFFODIL CAR FESTIVAL SHOW
Saturday, March 7, 2015
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

DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM

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Bike Show

Date: March 7, 2015
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
Email: k.coons@att.net

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Rock Climbing Wall

Sat, March 8th – Two climbs $5.00.

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