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Daffodils in Hubbard Park
Hubbard Park offers a picturesque setting for a photo during Meriden's Daffodil Festival. Photo: Ernie Larsen

Meriden Daffodil Festival

Held each year the last week in April, this Meriden, Connecticut, festival will celebrate its 22nd year in 2000 with "food, flowers, fireworks and fun." The staging of the festival each year involves 300 volunteers, and 3,000 people march in its "Daffodils on Parade," including local residents and school children. Amidst the 650,000 blooming daffodils in Hubbard Park, the visitor can enjoy an antiques show; arts and crafts sale; the crowning of Little Miss Daffodil; a carnival with Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train; and "Meriden's Silver Fork," the 100 x 200 foot tent that houses 50 food vendors, each selling at least one unique food item. The week is capped by a spectacular fireworks display, said to be one of the best in New England. The event attracts over 70,000 spectators annually.

Project documentation includes nine pages of text and fifteen 8 x 10 photographs with descriptions.

Originally submitted by: James H. Maloney, Representative (5th District).

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