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Great Weather, Great Turnout at Jonquil Festival

It was a good year for the Jonquil Festival. Great Spring weather meant plenty of jonquils in bloom and nice conditions for festival goers to get out and enjoy the music, food, crafts and to take a look back in time during the 51st Annual Jonquil Festival in Historic Washington State Park.

Vendors set up on the around the 1874 Courthouse and in the gym offering attendees everything from handmade arts and crafts to food. Music was performed throughout the weekend including local bands like the Nighthawk Band and the Harmony Band and Saturday night headliner Buddy Jewell, the first winner of the USA show Nashville Star. Then, of course, there was the food. In addition to food vendors, Williams Tavern served up home-style food daily. In addition to the daily offerings, 4-H sponsored a BBQ Chicken Cook-Off and the Washington Volunteer Fired Department held a fish fry to raise money for the department.

Visitors also took advantage of the park’s usual offerings with tours of the park’s historic buildings, horse-drawn surrey rides and demonstrations of frontier skills including candle making, printmaking and blacksmithing.

Josh Williams with Historic Washington State Park said that the turnout for the weekend was great and everyone was thankful for the beautiful, sunny weather. Vendors shared Josh’s assessment of the festival. Some who regularly bring their goods to the Jonquil Festival said it was the best one they’ve attended.

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