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If you’re over winter, it’s time to start counting down the days till spring, pretty blooms and two daffodil festivals that celebrate the bright yellow flower. Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit will be hosting its annual Daffodil Day tradition on April 10th, and in Allentown, NJ the town’s first-ever Daffodil Days festival has more than 30 events from March 26 through April 3.

The arboretum has been celebrating the sunny flower for decades with its 50,000 bulbs in its glacially carved Daffodil Bowl. There will be spring-themed activities including games, music, food trucks, art exhibits and the Green Goats (the goats on the property who munch on the grass) from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 10. Take a story walk and enjoy a treat. Staggered entry times are at 11, 12:30 pm and 2 pm and advance registration is required. Member registration begins Monday, March 14 at 9 am. Non-member registration begins Monday, March 21 at 9 am. Daffodil Day is free for RRA Members and children under 3. The cost for non-members is $10 per person.

If you miss the celebration you can visit the arboretum to see the blooms. And if you want to contribute to the floral display, you can buy 10 daffodil bulbs for $25 and you can gift a Daffo-Dollar in memory of a loved one.

On March 26, a parade kicks off the Daffodil Days festival at noon in historic Allentown, NJ with a backdrop of 3,000 blooms. You can adopt a daffodil (for delivery to your home in the fall), enter the art contest, walk the trails of Heritage Park, learn to make your own homemade chocolates or tour the scenic byway all week long. On the 26th, don’t miss the chance to talk with gardeners, make a daffodil craft or check out the SpringtideX event at Cream Ridge Winery where you can try wines and listen to live music. Local shops and restaurants will be running specials and themed meals all week.

On April 2 there’s a Daffodils for a Cure Walk and a bike parade you can participate in or cheer on walkers and riders. You can even meet “Molly Pitcher,” the famed Battle of Monmouth hero who will be on hand on Saturday, April, 2. Many events are free, but some require advance registration. Keep track of all the events on Allentown municipal website.

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