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Daffodil Day

What: 43rd Annual Bell Buckle Daffodil Day

Where: Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:00am – 3:00pm

Who: Sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and the Bell Buckle Tree Board

Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee is the personification of the word Charming.  Prepare to be overly charmed when daffodils explode upon the quaint, little town in March dazzling all with their brilliant yellow happiness.  This year’s Daffodil Day event will be held Saturday, March 21st complete with the ever popular Daffodil Flower Show, book signings, an interactive BBQ Cook-Off, and Arbor Day festivities celebrating Bell Buckle’s 25th year as the smallest Tree City USA in Tennessee!

The Daffodils’ appearance has been celebrated in the most charming manner known every year for 43 years on the third Saturday in March.  Over a century ago, mass plantings of the golden beauties were planted along the corridors to the scenic little town of Bell Buckle.  The daffodils have multiplied and now grow in every direction throughout the tree-lined town.  It is truly a sight to see.

The Daffodil Flower Show is great fun for young and old alike.  The show will be held at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall behind The Findery.  Be sure to check out the Bell Buckle Chamber’s web page for all the categories as it ranges from a Youth Division to Arrangements to Single Stems to a spirited Hometown competition category; over 15 categories in all!  Pick your favorite and bring it on down! We will have the entry forms waiting for you!  Go to bellbucklechamber.com for more information on entering including times, rules, and instructions on the different daffodil classes.

Home to Tennessee’s current Poet Laureate Margaret Britton Vaughn, Bell Buckle has always had a special place for books in its history and heart.  Sawney Webb, the founder of the Webb School, used more money on books than buildings when the school was moved from Culleoka to Bell Buckle in 1886.  The Bell Buckle Coffee Shop and Book Swap celebrates Bell Buckle’s long literary love affair with a book signing by John T. Wayne, grandson of “The Duke” John Wayne.  This will be Mr. Wayne’s second appearance in Bell Buckle to sign books he has written on the American Civil War due to last year’s overwhelming turn out and pleas for his return!  Also on hand will be author Cabot Barden who will be signing copies of his new book, Ganymede Rising.  Mr. Barden is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter and author of nine other novels.  For more information on these book signings, go to the Bell Buckle Coffee Shop and Book Swap Facebook page.

A ton of fun is to be had at the Bell Buckle Best Of The Butts BBQ Cook Off held on the Captain Rodney Stage area.  Watch BBQ grill masters perfect their art and participate in the judging!  The only thing better than the smell of BBQ is getting to sample all the entries.  Meander around all the contestants’ tents to observe the masters of the trade as they compete to be the best of the best.  Tickets can be purchased at the Captain Rodney stage area for the People’s Choice Award. For a mere $7 ticket, visitors can sample each of the contestants’ entries and vote on their favorite.  Additionally, there will be an entire hog auctioned off for one lucky bidder!  There will be a winner named along with first and second place and the People’s Choice Award on the Quilt Square after the Arbor Day ceremonies.  There is truly no bragging better than the one that says you have the best butt in Bell Buckle!

Food trucks sporting pulled pork plates, sandwiches, ribs, and chicken quarters along with a mess of sides to choose from will be on hand in addition to all the wonderful food at the Bell Buckle Café.  No one ever really complains about leaving Bell Buckle hungry.  Just saying….. 

Spring and outdoor themed vendors will be selling their wares all day.  Seminars will be held on Gardening, Bee Keeping, and Native Plants. Live music will be played by the Horse Mountain Strings band on the Quilt Square.  And of course, there’s the always popular Tree Seedling give away. This year’s seedlings will be Native Sweet Pecan, Shellbark Hickory, and Flowering Dogwood.  And yes, as always, they are free. But they go fast so don’t be late!

As The Duke would say “Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid”. Don’t be stupid by missing out on Bell Buckle’s Daffodil Day!  The daffodil lined roads will lead you straight to Historic Bell Buckle where we’re always “Close to Home, but A World Away”

43rd Annual DAFFODIL DAY 2020 Schedule

10:00-4:00 Craft Fair & Food Trucks

Daffodil Show
At the NEW Bell Buckle Mini-Banquet Hall 2 (next to The Findery)
10:00–11:30pm Entries accepted
11:30–12:30 show closed for judging
12:30 Daffodil Show winners announced

Book Signing
At the Bell Buckle Coffee Shop & Book Swap
9:00am – 3:00pm Authors John T. Wayne & Cabot Barden

Best of the Butts
At the Captain Rodney Stage Area
12:00 Open to Public for Tasting and Voting
2:00 Winner announced after Arbor Day Ceremony
People’s Choice tickets $7 per person
Whole Hog tokens $2

Seminars
At the Downtown Pavilion next to The Findery
Check schedule for seminar updates

Arbor Day Ceremony
2:00 at the Captain Rodney Stage
Tree City USA Recognition 20th Year
2020 Notable Tree of Bell Buckle
Bell Buckle Citizen of the Year
BBQ Winners Announced

Photos by Milinkovich Scimeca Lisa

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