Gloucester Daffodil Festival to have limited in-person visiting this year

Dave Ress, The Daily Press
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The 36-year-old Gloucester Daffodil Festival is back — partly — after going virtual last year because of the pandemic.

The Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is planning a limited in-person event that it is calling “”A Little Gem of a Festival,” scheduled for March 27-28.

It will feature 40 craft and art vendors, as opposed to the usual 200 or so. They’ll be located in three market areas, spaced out within the Court Circle, along Carriage Court and in area behind the Gloucester Museum of History. This year won’t have the usual live entertainment and food vendors.

Guests will need to register ahead of time for their visits, and will be limited to a two-hour visit with a maximum of 190 guests permitted at any one time.

Festival hours will be Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There will be virtual parade at 9 a.m on Saturday, March 27 following a format like the one for the parks department’s virtual Christmas and Holiday Parade in December. The department will provide more information soon on how to enter a “shoe box sized” float for this event.

The annual Daffodil Show accompanying the festival will be held in a virtual hybrid format this year. Exhibitors wishing to enter horticulture have to arrange an appointment to drop off their entries. Once the exhibit area is set, the display will be filmed and photographed. No public entry will be permitted at that time.

The annual scholarship award will be announced March 27.

The Best Dressed Mutt Show will run on March 27, with guests encouraged to dress their pets and a “Best Dressed Mutt” winner to be selected from each set of two-hour visitors.

A “Craziest Daffodil Hat Contest” is set for March 28, with a winner to be selected from the crowd every two-hour period.

Dave Ress, 757-247-4535,