Get Into the Fun!

The Daffodil Festival gives you plenty opportunity to join in on the fun! If you're into vintage cars you can swing by the Antique Car Show. There's a spectacular art show where you can buy fabulous works of art from local and regional artists. Get ready for winter at the Quilt Show and Art Sale in the 1st UMC Great Hall/Welcome Center. Take a walk through history to see the Civil War Encampment and battle re-enactors. And don't forget the Championship Steak Cook-off on Saturday. It will be the best steak you'll ever eat.

WalMart sponsored Children’s Activities are not just for small children – they are for those who are “young at heart” also! You will not want to miss “The Daffodil Cardboard Challenge” happening Friday Morning downtown. There will be 20 teams of students from 4th – 12th grades from public, private and homeschoolers competing to build the best “creation”. During their 3 hour time to build the Teams will be given several “roadblocks” that they will have to maneuver through. You can also come try your hand at the “Make and Take” art area where you can paint your own canvas to take home Or stop by the Arkansas Game & Fish area to make a nature craft both located next to Postmaster Grill. All these creative areas are free of charge.

Look for the new ALFIE award winning rides & inflatables located on the Farmer’s Bank Parking Lot and the Postmaster’s Grill Parking Lot. There will be new rides to excite the younger, pre-teen and teenager. You will want to take advantage of the special armband hours on both days that will let you ride everything on both lots for one price. Our trackless train will be back again this year, loading passengers next to the Farmer’s Bank Building. Be sure get ready to take those selfies with the 15’ Elsa, Spiderman and the Hulk. All to make the children’s festival time as much fun as the adults!

World Championship Steak Cook-off
Miss Daffodil Pageant
Art Show & Sale
Dining with the Daffodils
Civil War Encampment & Show
Quilt Show
Live Entertainment
Antique Car Show
Cardboard Challenge

World Championship Steak Cook-off

Limited tickets available at Information booth until 4:00 pm.
Must buy tickets in advance!!!

On Saturday evening stay around for the Annual World Championship Steak Cook-Off featuring angus beef rib eye steaks with all the trimmings. Eat well and enjoy the FREE music, Dance in the streets, enjoy our community, and you are most welcome at any of our churches for Sunday morning services.

We hope you will come and bring cameras, casual clothing, happy hearts, and your dancing shoes! Our festival was founded by local citizens and gardeners who wanted to share our charm and give the money to local charities. We have emergency vehicles on hand and lots of security so come visit us, relax, have a good time knowing your money goes for a good cause.

Click here to find out more.

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Miss Daffodil Pageant

Miss Daffodil Pageant 2018
Date: March 3, 2018
Location: Camden Fairview High School's Little Theatre
1750 Cash Road
Camden AR, 71701
Morning Pageant – 0 to 6 years
Afternoon Pageant – 7 to 18 yrs

Baby to Princess – 0 to 6 years Registration • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Pageant begins at 10:00 a.m.
• Baby Miss 0-12 Months
• Tiny Tot 13-24 Months
• Petite Miss 25 Months - 4 Years
• Princess 5-6 Years


Pre-Teen to Ms. Daffodil 7 to 18 Registration • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Pageant begins at 11:00 a.m.
• Pre-Teen 7-9 Years
• Young Miss 10-12 Years
• Jr. Miss 13-15 Years
• Miss Daffodil 16-18 Years

Entry Categories and Fees:
Beauty $25.00
Photogenic* (one photo) $10.00
Extra photogenic photos $5.00 each
People's Choice (no fee)

Entry Fee deadline: March 1, 2018

Beauty Prizes:
Winners receive a Crown & Trophy
1st & 2nd runner-ups receive a Trophy
Photogenic: Winners receive a Trophy
People's Choice: Winners receive a Crown
All contestants will receive participation medals.

Please complete and return this form, with entry fee, by the deadline:
Mail to:
Main Street Camden
P.O. Box 99 Camden, AR 71711
For more info, contact Main Street Camden: 870-836-6426,

Click Here to Download the Miss Daffodil Info Packet

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Art Show/Sale

1st UMC Welcome & Hospitality Center – March 9th - 10th • 9:00 – 5:00 pm. This is a FREE EVENT!

Local and regional arts will be exhibiting and selling their work at the Daffodil Festival Art Show and Sale in the festival hospitality center at First United Methodist Church Great Hall from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9th - 10th.

Dining with the Daffodils!

March 9 & 10, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grace Hill Estate (Old Wire Road / 3675 Ouachita Rd. 3)

Join us at Grace Hill for lunch on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 until 2:30. Meet us on the back lawn where we will have lunch ‘al fresca’ and be entertained by a strolling violinist.

~ Menu ~
Choice of French Potato Soup
Tomato Basil Soup

Served with a choice of
Chicken Salad Sandwich on a Croissant
Grilled Cheese Sandwich (aged Irish cheese) on artisan bread

N’Orleans Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce

Sooo good! . . . and all homemade!!!

The cost of the lunch is a suggested donation of $15.00. The proceeds will go toward the development of the Ft. Lookout Museum and Interpretive Park (sponsored by the Ouachita County Historical Society).

You can get to Grace Hill on the Daffodil Festival tour bus or you can drive out (3675 Ouachita Road 3).

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Civil War Re-enactors Encampment & Show

The annual Camden Daffodil Festival is always a great time to enjoy the company of Arkansas Civil War reenactors! Artillery demonstrations are always a hit (no pun intended) with the crowds. Camden is host to serious Civil War history and this event is always a great time to discuss the significance of Camden during the war 150 years ago.

Just follow the sounds of the cannons! There will be infantry demonstrations and The Arkansas Toothpick will be on hand to answer any questions about Arkansas in the Civil War.

See the re-enactors downtown in front of the McCollum-Chidester House Museum on Saturday. Cannons fired hourly. Full infantry will be there at 926 W. Washington. This is a FREE EVENT!

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Quilt Show

March 9th - 10th – 9:00-5:00 pm. Fabulous display! This is a FREE EVENT!

Held at First United Methodist Church Great Hall, The Ouachita Quilters gather quilts donated for the show from Ouachita County residents.

One of the other projects of this group is to donate baby quilts to the Women's Crisis Center; they have donated 80 over the past years.

Also one of the founding members of the club, Ethel Hickman, was the first woman from Arkansas to have a quilt on permanent display at the World Quilting Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

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Live  Entertainment

At the Postmasters Grill Stage 133 W. Washington!

Be sure to take a break and enjoy some of the best local and regional entertainment South Arkansas has to offer. You'll hear bands, local choirs, and singing groups, as well as see dance troupes and other forms of entertainment throughout the day. 10-5pm both Friday and Saturday. This is a free event!

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Antique Car Show

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Register from 9:00 AM - 11 AM
Location: Corner of Haynes & Washington Street (1108 W. Washington St.)
Trophies awarded @ 2:30 p.m.

Show entry $15.00 per owner, additional vehicles $5.00 each Free T-Shirt with each paying entrant.
Cars entered eligible for "Best of Show Award"
Additional judging awards for:
“1st place awards for Best Pre-80 Model, Post 80 Model Cars,” “Best Truck & Best Motorcycle”
Shuttle service to the downtown festival will be available for car show participants.
For more Information contact John Coons: 870-833-0508


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Cardboard Challenge

WHEN : March 9, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WHERE: The Camden Daffodil Festival, Downtown Camden

Teams of 3-5 Students from area public, private, and home schools Grades 4-12; Minimum 1 Teacher Advisor per team; Each school is allowed up to 2 teams (these teams can be multi-grade levels) Registration is limited to the first 20 teams.

What is a Cardboard Challenge? Students are invited to build something awesome using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination during a specific time frame. They will be using collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills during this activity.