JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The official first day of spring may be less than a week away, but residents were out celebrating the season’s return Saturday during the 42nd Annual Daffodil Festival. The sun and dozens of volunteers welcomed the public at the Long Tom Grange that morning. Coordinators say there’s no truer sign of the change of the seasons than the sight of these brightly colored flowers.
“The daffodil is the hardiest plant of the spring and so, it really heralds the beginning of sunshine, which we could all use a little bit of. So, it’s a celebration. It’s a celebration of community and it’s a celebration of spring,” said Festival Chair Danuta Pfeiffer.
And whether you were a regular or a newcomer, after 42 years, both sides agree, it’s a community tradition worth checking out.
Festival goer Monica Best says, “Dave and I grew up in Junction City, so we’re used to the festival and the daffodil drive every spring.”
And first-timer Arianna Kammerzelt says, “We came with my mother-in-law. She used to bring my husband and his brothers when they were kids and she was really excited about it. So, she wanted to bring us today. It’s our first time. It’s really beautiful and we love it.”
Organizers say there is something for everyone. So if the daffodils aren’t your thing, there are raffles, classic cars and of course those delicious cinnamon rolls.
The last day is Sunday. Doors open at 10 a.m. And close at 4 p.m. It is a free event and while the parking field is gone this year, a shuttle from Conser Quarry on Ferguson Road will take people down every 15 minutes.