GLOUCESTER — Gloucester County is already preparing for its 37th Annual Daffodil Festival that’s scheduled to take place from April 1-2.
This year’s festival drew big crowds in early April — organizers of the 2022 Daffodil Festival deemed it a success after estimating that more than 25,000 visitors had shown up over the course of the two-day event.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd the size we saw on Saturday [April 2] at any festival that I’ve ever been a part of,” said Katey Legg, Director of Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in an announcement published the week following the festival. “And by the looks on everyone’s faces, it seemed like our visitors were ecstatic about getting outdoors and back to enjoying the festival.”
The Daffodil Festival is held along Main Street in Gloucester County, and every year it includes a parade and a variety of food options and performances for visitors to enjoy. The festival hosts around 200 vendors with products ranging from handmade gifts to fine art, crafts and other items.
Gloucester announced the theme for next year’s festival is “Let’s Jazz it Up, The Trumpets are Blooming.” The annual Daffodil Show dates and times have already been scheduled as well.
Gloucester Park’s, Recreation, & Tourism Department announced that it will begin accepting applications on Oct. 1 for the 2023 Daffodil Festival Queen, Little Miss Daffodil, and the Annual Scholarship.
According to Gloucester County in its official announcement, the Daffodil Festival Queen represents the festival and county at several events during the year. The Queen’s program is open to females in Gloucester County, ages 16- 19 years old. When the Daffodil Festival Queen fulfills all her responsibilities, she may be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to the educational institution of her choice.
The Little Miss Daffodil program is open to those ages 8-10 years old.
Additionally, the Daffodil Festival offers an annual four-year renewable $1,000 scholarship. Gloucester designed this scholarship to assist Gloucester County graduating seniors who are planning to attend college, community college, or trade school.
For more information about the Daffodil Festival, or to access applications after Oct. 1, visit the Gloucester Daffodil Festival website.