As I headed into work today I didn't realize how warm and spring-like it was outdoors. So I rolled down the windows and enjoyed the breeze in my face. With spring right around the corner and flowers and trees starting to sprout I can't help but think about the annual Jonquil Festival in Arkansas' historic Old Washington State Park between March 15-17.

This year will mark the 45th annual festival that always signifies the beginning of the spring season in Southwest Arkansas. Some of my fondest memories as a child growing up was traveling to this three day festival. I always have to get a fresh bag of pork skins made right there on the spot. My mom always loved the kettle corn and the old-fashioned sarsaparilla root beer.

In addition to delicious foods there are unique arts and crafts you can purchase as well as  live music and other attractions. This year the festival will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then again from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. Parking admission is just $5.

So get the family together and take the short drive to historic Old Washington, Arkansas.

Historic Washington State Park is located in Southwest Arkansas near Hope. Here's how to get to the park:

  • From Hope, take exit #30 off I-30, and take U.S. 278 northwest for eight miles.
  • From Texarkana, take I-30 east for 30 miles to Exit #30 at Hope.