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Daffodils may not bloom for festival in Meriden

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Thousands of King Alfred Daffodils were not expected to be in bloom for Meriden festival. (WFSB) Thousands of King Alfred Daffodils were not expected to be in bloom for Meriden festival. (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Daffodils are not expected to be in bloom for Meriden’s most popular spring event.

The Daffodil Festival is scheduled for the end of April. 

Thousands of King Alfred Daffodils were in full bloom less than a week ago, however, after two snowstorms and brutal overnight lows, many were “frozen solid.”

“We've had times where they've bloomed early but this is the worst I've ever seen it,” Meriden Parks and Recreation Director Mark Zebora said.

Zebora said when the daffodil flower beds began budding in January, he knew the festival would be in trouble.

“I was here right after the first snow,” Elizabeth Boucher, who was visiting at Hubbard Park on Tuesday, said. “I went along was knocking all the snow off and they popped back up and then the other snow came.” 

Though organizers said the festival will go on with or without daffodils.

“It’s a  great place a lot of people, a lot of entertainment, a lot of fun, a lot of smiling faces,” Zebora said. “The first big event of the spring you'll have to come out and see us.”

Zebora said if they don't spring back up in a couple of weeks with a little maintenance they should be back up for next year's festival.  

The Meriden Daffodil Festival begins April 30. For a closer look at the festival, click here

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