Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

WASHINGTON, AR – The Jonquils and Daffodils are in bloom just in time for the 50th Annual Jonquil Festival this weekend in Historic Washington State Park. Festivities are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sunday March 18.

In addition to vendors, music and lots of food, visitors can take a step back in time and experience life the way it was in the 1800’s. Everything from the operation of an antique printing press to forging metal in the blacksmith shop. There are also tours of historic sites and museums. There is no cost to attend the festival but parking is $5.

Those interested in a race can also participate in the 2nd Annual Jonquil Festival 5K Run/Walk which is sponsored by the Hope Evening Lions Club. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the intersection of Hwy 195 and Hwy 278 at Historic Washington State Park.  The event will be part of the festivities of the 50th Annual Jonquil Festival.

Entry cost is $25 per runner, which includes a T-shirt and $30 the day of the race. Proceeds from the run will go to support the Southwest Arkansas Outreach Ministry and Shakespeare in the Park put on by Historic Washington State Park.

Awards will be given to overall male and female candidates. Registration begins at 6:30 am on Saturday, March 17.

If you have any questions concerning the event itself call Jessica Trauger at 870-722-5040 or email at jltrau81@ymail.com. Find more information on Facebook.

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