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A Party Fit for Royal-Tea : Princess Tea 2022 at Laurel Creek Manor

The Daffodil Festival Princess Tea took place on Sunday, May 1st, 2022, at Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner. One of the final official events of the Daffodil hosting season, the Princess Tea is a special occasion on the Royal Court’s calendar, as it is one of their best opportunities to get personal with some of …

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Behind the Yellow Blazer: Meet 2022 Festival President, Scott Dellinger!

As an organization that has been in motion in Pierce County for nearly a century, you might imagine that it takes a lot of work to look this good! Because April is National Volunteer Month, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank some of the wonderful people who make The Daffodil Festival such an …

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Leading with Heart: Queen Clara Reflects On Her 2022 Daffodil Coronation

  It’s not every day you become Queen of the Daffodil Festival… and certainly not when, in a first of the Festival’s recorded history, you earn the title of Miss Congeniality on the same night. However, as of Sunday, March 27th, Princess Clara of Curtis High School, did just that. Now Queen Clara is ready …

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Practice Makes Perfect: An Insider’s Peek at Princess Practices, with Royalty Educator Mabel Thompson

The phrase “Princess Practice” might call a select set of images to mind: navigating a dinner plate surrounded by an impossible number of forks, carefully balancing a stack of dictionaries on your head while walking heel-to-toe, or Julie Andrews instructing a young Anne Hathaway in the art of the regal wave. But for the high …

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The Start of a New Season: How Hope is Rising with Promenade 2022

The 2022 Princess Promenade will mark the beginning of a new Festival season, as Washington begins to tentatively open up again in the aftermath of Covid-19. As we near the end of February, Pierce County gardeners may have already started witnessing new growth in their neighborhood beds, with the sturdy, green stalks of daffodil bulbs …

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Not Just a Gown, But a Golden Opportunity: How the ‘Sponsor a Princess’ Campaign Helps Our Royalty Shine

The Daffodil Festival has long been a celebration of the beautiful flowers that once grew throughout the Puyallup Valley, but back in March of 2020, all that seemed to be growing locally was a state of uncertainty: with Covid-19 case numbers rising and schools, businesses, and more closing up shop, many were left without much …

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History Corner: The History of Daffodil Festival Themes

By Kelly Hewitt, Daffodil Festival Alumna & Historian Although the first official Daffodil Parade was held on March 17, 1934, yearly themes were not introduced until the year 1952. The first theme for the Daffodil Festival was “Alfred in Wonderland.” The theme was a reference to the King Alfred daffodil, Puyallup’s most famous export. The …

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So, You Want to Be a Princess? : Everything You Need to Know About Daffodil Selection

What images come to mind, when you think of a “princess”? A big ballgown, a glittering tiara, and maybe even a pumpkin carriage or towering castle, right? Do you think of a fairy tale maiden, one who likes to spend time with animals, or sleep a lot? Or are you more inclined to think of …

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Queen’s Coronation 2021: A Lesson in Resiliency

You know what they say: the more things change, the more things stay the same. On Monday, April 26th, the Daffodil Festival’s Queen’s Coronation reflected the difficulties of living through the past year in a pandemic, while still continuing to celebrate the achievements of a whole new class of Daffodil Princesses. Clan Gordon was still …

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