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to Pete Andrews, who published the Sumner News Index for many years, the
Daffodil Festival really started in the early 1920's with what was called
the Steelhead Banquet, sponsored by the Sumner Chamber of Commerce. It
always was a springtime event, and the tables for the banquet always were
decorated with masses of golden yellow daffodils. Around 1926, participants
decided to switch the name from Steelhead to Daffodil Banquet.
Elizabeth Wotton, a young Puyallup matron, was asked to be the queen of
the first Daffodil Festival in 1934. She and her "princesses"
were toured around Tacoma, Sumner, Orting and Puyallup. That evening,
they were presented to Gov. Clarence Marted and the Sumner banquet. Whether
this "tour" was a parade is not clear, but the first official
Daffodil Parade was held in Puyallup in 1935.
In it's day, the Daffodil Parade was the third-largest floral festival
of it's kind. Although it has fallen from this vaulted position, it's
still one of the largest in the country, and still is one of the most
welcome springtime events in this area.
For more information on the modern day Daffodil Festival, go to their
And don't forget to check the calendar for when the festival is happening
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