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Daffodil Festival to include parade, activities & food

The Gloucester Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Daffodil Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, on Main Street in Gloucester Court House.

There will be a Daffodil Festival Parade starting at 10 a.m. The festival will include a food court serving seafood, hot dogs, funnel cakes, cold drinks and more.

There will be pony rides and children’s games.

The event will feature exhibits by The Gloucester Museum of History and The Virginia HistoryMobile (see related story). Tours of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs daffodil farm will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and buses are available to take passengers to the farm.

The Chesapeake Bank Main Street Stage will feature story-telling by Alice Call, the Bayside Youth Ballet, Magnificent Mutt Show, and Gloucester High School Jazz Band. There also will be face painting, magic show, and strolling “characters” along Main Street.

For more information, contact Gloucester Parks and Recreation at (804) 693-2355.

‘HistoryMobile’ at Daffodil Festival
History will be on the move in Virginia in an 18-wheeler “museum on wheels” when the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile rolls into Gloucester for a two-day visit Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25.

The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located at the 2012 Daffodil Festival and open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the HistoryMobile is free.

The expandable 78-foot tractor-trailer contains a high-tech immersive experience detailing Virginia’s incomparable place in history. The HistoryMobile draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War and Emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile visits museums, schools, state and federal parks, fairs, and other sites. Its four-year tour began in July 2011, and it has received widespread praise as it travels throughout Virginia and beyond. In 2011 there were more than 20 scheduled stops and a dedicated two-week tour of Southwest Virginia, and there are over 30 scheduled events in 2012.

The exhibits were designed through a partnership between the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefields Park. The HistoryMobile is also supported by the Virginia Tourism Corporation as well as by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

More information on the the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile and the initiatives of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission can be found at

posted 03.21.2012

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