Despite the absence of the Meriden Daffodil Festival's namesake flowers, which blossomed and went with the warm temperatures of early April, thousands of people packed Hubbard Park Saturday.
Viane Stromberg, a volunteer at an information table for the festival, said that three weeks ago, the park was awash with daffodils in full bloom.
"Everything was yellow," Stromberg said.
Hundreds of people arrived in time for the parade, with some lining the park roads as soon as the gates opened. Food offerings included fair favorites such as hot dogs, kettle corn, even fried Oreos.
Crafters brought a large selection of goods, including handblown glass, candles, art, jewelry, and pottery. The carnival rides and games made for an exciting midway.
Numerous booths showed displays by civic groups, local businesses, and schools. Three stages of music provided continuous entertainment.
Saturday night, fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. and gates close at 9 p.m. The festival opens Sunday at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is available off-site. More information can be found at http://www.daffodilfest.com.
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