Spring is right around the corner. How do you know? The Jonquil Festival at Historic Old Washington State Park. The arrival of these colorful flowers signifies that it’s time to celebrate the arrival of spring. And what better way to do that than to visit the 47th Annual Jonquil Festival on March 20-22. Historic Washington will welcome craft vendors from the surrounding area as they bring their goods to one central location and make it easy to shop and enjoy the first weeks of an Arkansas spring. There will be music throughout the park along with a variety of musicians under the Entertainment tent.

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If you get hungry, there will be a variety of food vendors to satisfy your cravings or you can enjoy the buffet at Williams Tavern Restaurant. Once you have finished your shopping and had a bite to eat, you can spend the rest of your day strolling the park or taking a tour of some amazing homes and museums.

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This festival is one of my favorite festivals to attend ever since I was a child walking around on the grounds of this historic place as it brings happy memories back to mind. The smell of Jonquils in the air and great food surrounds the atmosphere once you step out of your car. A walk through Old Washington is like a walk back in time. Can't help to wonder how the settlers lived on this land many years ago. Oh, make sure you get a bag of freshly made fried pork skins on the way out!

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General Admission to the festival is free, with a $5 fee for parking. Festival hours Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call 870-983-2684 or visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.