Meriden to Hold Daffodil Festival in April

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    The daffodils will be on display in Meriden next month.

    Spring really is on the way and so is the 36th annual Meriden Daffodil Festival.

    Head to Hubbard Park on April 26 and April 27 and take in the sight of more than 600,000 daffodils.

    The event includes a craft fair, with work by talented artists and craftspeople.

    If you’re a foodie, check out what the nearly 50 vendors will dishing out.

    It’s an event for the whole family, with children’s rides and the annual Little Miss Daffodil pageant for students from Meriden schools.

    Around 11 a.m. on Saturday, around 3,000 people will march in the Daffodils on Parade.

    The day will conclude with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. and gates close at 9 p.m.

    Sunday is Kid’s Day, with include unlimited carnival rides like a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and miniature for $25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as free activities at the Theater of Trees like face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon figures, live animals, ice carving, hula hooping and shows.

    Gates will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    The Meriden Daffodil Festival is also known for its musical acts. The lineup for Connecticut’s top local bands are:

    Saturday, April 26

    On the Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage:

    • The Foresters, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
    • The Mercy Choir, 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
    • Violent Mae, 1 -1:45 p.m.
    • Happy Ending, 2:15 -3 p.m.
    • Grand Cousin, 4:45 -5:30 p.m.
    • The Back Yard Committee, 6-6:45 p.m.
    • Mark Mulcahy, 7:30-8:30 p.m.


    On the Bandshell Stage
    :

    • Jenn Hill & Co., 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
    • The Big Fat Combo, 2 p.m. -2:45 p.m.
    • The Manchurians, 3:15 -4 p.m.
    • Pocket Vinyl, 4:30 -5:15 p.m.
    • Fight The Fear, 5:45 -6:30 p.m.
    • Boxcutter, 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

    On the Food Tent Stage:

    • Chico & Friends, 10:15 -11:15 a.m.
    • Paul Brockett Roadshow, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • The Gonkus Brothers, 1 p.m. -2 p.m.
    • River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, 2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
    • Tracy Walton Band, 4 p.m. -5 p.m.
    • The Lonesome Sparrows, 5:30 -6:30 p.m.
    • Greg Sherrod, 7 p.m. -8 p.m.
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    Sunday April

    On the Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage:

    • The Stray Dogs, 10:30 -11:15 a.m.
    • Lys Guillorn Band, 11:45 -12:30 p.m.
    • Steve Elci & Friends –Kid’s Show, 1 -2 p.m.
    • Good Night Blue Moon, 2:30 -3:15 p.m.
    • The Mighty Soul Drivers, 3:45 -4:30 p.m.

    On the Bandshell Stage:

    • All Riot, 12:30 -1:15 p.m.
    • Coconuts, 1:45 -2:30 p.m.
    • Farewood, 3 p.m. -3:45 p.m.
    • 691, 4:15 -5 p.m.

    Food Tent Stage:

    • Oh, Cassius, 10 -11 a.m.
    • Them Damn Hamiltons, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • The Summer Edeen Band, 1 p.m. -2 p.m.
    • The Birds ‘n’ Boys -2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • Kelley & Sean 4 p.m. -5 p.m.

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