The 2020 Camden Daffodil Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been cancelled due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
The festival issued a letter on Thursday afternoon citing a statement from the Arkansas Department of Health.
“The Arkansas Department of Health said, ‘Under no circumstances can we support an event that brings large groups of people together, and it is our recommendation that you cancel.’ We support state and local officials as they continue to monitor and address this situation,” the statement said.
“While we understand how disappointing this is for everyone, this decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing. The decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of our community, visitors, vendors, and volunteers,” said the festival statement, signed by Chairman Emily Jordan-Robertson, Ouachita County Judge Robert McAdoo, and Camden Mayor Julian Lott.
The festival includes a tour Daffodil Gardens, tours of Camden museums and antebellum homes, 5K run, arts and crafts show, music acts and a steak cook-off.