Since 2003, Chesapeake Bank has sponsored the annual Daffodil Festival in Gloucester, a weekend-long event that celebrates the community, the history of the daffodil and the crowning of the 2014 Daffodil Queen.
This year, the Daffodil Festival will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from noon to 5 p.m. The weekend-long event is fun and family-friendly, offering the Rotary 5K Run and 2-miler, the Daffodil Festival Parade on Saturday, the Festival Poster Contest and daffodils aplenty.
The history of the daffodil in Gloucester County is almost as old as the county itself. When Gloucester was formed in 1651, early settlers brought daffodils as reminders of English springs as they established themselves in the area. The weather, soil and land were ideal for daffodils and the flowers thrived there. They were passed around the county between neighbors and friends, planted in gardens and fields, and atop burial grounds.
In 1938 the first daffodil tour was proposed by the Gloucester Rotary Club and the Gazette-Journal. Since then, the Garden Club has held an annual Daffodil Show where daffodil-growers compete for various awards. Later, the annual Daffodil Festival began to celebrate the community and honor an important era in Gloucester history.
All proceeds from the Daffodil Festival go toward the beatification of the county through plantings and other projects. With sponsorships and community participation through schools, civic organizations, clubs and individuals over the years, the Daffodil Festival has become Gloucester’s Hometown Festival – and Chesapeake Bank is proud to support such a great event!
For more information on the festival, visit the event’s website online.
NOTE: The photo in this post was taken at last year’s parade. We will once again be advertising our upcoming May 3 spring Shop Local Day during this year’s parade.