Connecticut’s Daffodil Festival returns this weekend

This is the first time the festival has taken place in two years.

MERIDEN, Conn. – New Englanders are no strangers to cold weather, even well into spring, but with warm temperatures heading our way, people are enjoying the weather and many returning spring events.

A returning event this weekend is the Meriden Daffodil Festival.

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Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings, and for people like Sandy Posca, the spring season symbolizes that too.

“To see the first sowing and the first start of spring is very exciting. I love it,” Posca said.

Hubbard Park in Meriden is painted yellow with daffodils. Many will say they are the main attraction.

“It’s beautiful today. We’re here for the daffodils. So just a nice tradition to come back,” said Paul Ritsick.

The only tradition on hold for two years is finally back, the Daffodil Festival.

“We’re thrilled to be back,” said festival co-chair Ric Suzio.

The festival has been running for 42 years and draws crowds to enjoy the food, music and other festivities. The taste of spring is a big bonus this year.

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“We usually only have one day of good weather, so that’s great,” Suzio said.

Not only is this an event for the community, but community members can also help nonprofits in the area by supporting the event.

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“Most of all the groups out there consider this the biggest fundraiser. They are all non-profit. They give back to the community. They are all volunteers,” Suzio said.

Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with free festival shuttle and bus services.

DeAndria Turner is a multimedia reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected].

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