|Since 1969, thousands have descended on the little town of Washington, Arkansas to celebrate the Jonquil Festival. It originally began when Mrs. Grace Harris, a resident of Washington, relayed an idea to the executive director of the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation, Mrs. Georgia Haynes about her idea of a special event.
The idea for the Jonquil Festival was this: since jonquils and daffodils had been planted by pioneer families of the area over 100 years ago, it would be a great idea to have a regional springtime event when they are in bloom.
Together, with nature showing off her beautiful showmanship of flora and the aesthetic allure of the historic homes of early Washington, a festival was born. Originally, the festival was called the Jonquil and Daffodil Trail and lasted 8 days.
The name change from the Jonquil and Daffodil Trail to the Jonquil Festival happened in 1972 and in 1976 the festival was changed from lasting 8 days to 3.
In 1978, more than 5,000 King Alfred bulbs were imported from Holland and added to the already existing jonquils and daffodils in the historic town making it even more vibrant.
Today, 50 jonquil festivals later, we still celebrate the idea put together by Mrs. Grace Harris and have continued to strive to host, what we at the park think as, the premier festival in southwest Arkansas.
So, join us March 16th-18th, for our 50th annual Jonquil Festival. The festival begins at 9 a.m. all three days and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the park will be regular price and parking is $5. Call us at (870) 983-2684 for more information.