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Window displays in Great Northern ticket offices call attention to the week-long Daffodil Festival.



Land and water parades are features of the annual Puyallup Valley Daffodil Festival.

Puget Sounders Go Daffy Over Daffodils

Washington State's "First spring fete" of the year, the 24th Puyallup Valley Daffodil Festival will be held April 8 through 14 in the Puget Sound communities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting to herald the arrival of spring and the blossoming of 30,000,000 daffodils.

The area, which is the nation's King Alfred daffodil bulb capital gets into the mood of the lilting season by building its festival entirely around a theme of "Melodies in Daffodils."

Community banquets, balls, square dancing, sports tournaments, window displays and store-wide "daffodil yellow" promotions add activity and fun to the official festival events.

Merchants in Puyallup and Sumner, in the heart of the Puyallup Valley, make their main streets festive by swinging baskets of daffodils from the light poles.

The week-long festival, which has become one of the most outstanding in the entire nation, opens April 8 with Queen and Princess Coronation ceremonies.

Tacoma's younger set gets into the swing of things by staging a series of marble meets, junior Golden Gloves tournaments and other events. The Tacoma Boat Show and the Tacoma Home Show tie in with the 1957 festival.

Some two hundred varieties of daffodils and other blooms go on display at Tacoma Armory, starting April 11, and even the circus comes to town. The Afifi Shrine's annual circus starts April 12 in the College of Puget Sound fieldhouse.

Festival week moves to a climax for thousands of out-of-town and out-of-state visitors April 13, when the...

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