Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival is this weekend

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The 2015 Meriden Daffodil Festival kicks into high gear this weekend in Hubbard Park, with plenty of family fun activities, live bands, good food, and plenty more.

The daffodils are in full bloom, creating a sea of yellow across the park landscape. It doesn’t always time out that way, but this year the park looks beautiful for the festival.

“Absolutely, they are perfect,” according to Rob DeRosa, musical coordinator for the festival. “They should be at peak Saturday morning.”

The festival opens up at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, and a big parade through the grounds kicks off at 11:30. Then, for two days, you have a little bit of everything, including midway rides and 23 different food vendors.

“Children’s activities in the theater of the trees, a commerce exhibit,” DeRosa said. “We have fireworks at 8:30 at night. There are things for all ages all day long.”

The weather forecast also looks good for the weekend.

“Chilly, but no rain,” DeRosa said. “The forecast calls for sunny, a little bit of clouds, but we can deal with that.”

DeRosa is a connoisseur of local music, and he mentioned just some of the acts hitting the stages at the festival.

“You’re going to hear tremendous stuff, from the old times, like Rex Fowler from Aztec Two-Step, right up to Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman,” DeRosa said. “Gary is a local guy who has made his name in Nashville music, and so has his wife Georgia, and they’re going to be playing right before the fireworks. We have contest winners, and some of Connecticut’s top bands all weekend long.”

There are going to be some local roads that will be one-way only this weekend for the festival to accommodate all of the traffic. To make parking easier, organizers suggest taking the free shuttle buses. You can get more information at

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