The 47th Annual Jonquil Festival begins this Friday featuring the beautiful yellow flowers all over the town of Washington, Ark. during this first weekend of Spring.

Beginning Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 visitors will travel from far away places and from local towns to embark on a weekend of festivities at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Ark. This three-day festival marks the official arrival of Spring in Southwest Arkansas as it actually hits on the first weekend of Spring.

Thousands of beautiful jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers and visitors to this festival in Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the park, historic homes and museums are available at regular price.  Admission to the festival is free. Parking is $5.

This festival was once a favorite for my mom and I to do lots of shopping of great woodwork and other trinkets. We enjoyed walking through the old buildings too. The old courthouse was always one of my favorites because I dreamed of becoming an attorney when I was a kid. You can visit Historic Washington State Park online to see photos of the many attractions in Old Washington. According to the website you can:

Travel back to the 19th century in Historic Washington, Arkansas. Established on George Washington's birthday in 1824, the town of Washington today is one of America's premier historic villages and Historic Washington State Park is a National Register of Historic Places site.

More than 30 carefully restored Arkansas landmarks and historic structures, including classic examples of Southern Greek Revival and Federal architecture, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and hand-hewn timber framing or brace-frame cottage construction, stand as a legacy to life in Washington from 1824 to 1900. Tour the public buildings and homes; see the remarkable collections of antiques, guns and knives; visit with the guides in period attire and ride the surrey on a tour of the various Arkansas historical sites in town for an unforgettable historic experience.

For more information about the festival visit Arkansas.com.