SARANAC LAKE — Village gardens are coming up daffodils. And that means Daffest is on the way.
In an announcement launching new events and declaring the lineup over the next two weekends, organizer Cherrie Sayles said the chilly air hasn’t stopped the daffodils from blooming.
“It’s that time again, although it doesn’t feel like it, but the daffs are peeking out all over town,” she said.
Saranac Lake appears to be well on its way toward the goal of putting more than a million daffodils in public and private gardens and yards throughout the village.
“I think every civic group, business and household in the Saranac Lake School District and beyond is involved this year, with people now jumping in from Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and all points north, east, south and west,” Sayles said.
“Daffest has taken on a life of its own, and we all love watching our child bloom.”
Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau said the festival has become a true celebration of spring in the northern regions.
“This grows and blooms with each passing year. It’s early spring activity,” he said.
“Daffest brings the community together, breaks cabin fever and prepares us for the summer.”
FOOD AND FUN
Daffest kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with a reception and welcome dinner at Blue Moon Restaurant on Main Street.
The schedule this year blends the Try Mine Pastry Contest with the pre-derby festivities at the Town Hall on Friday evening.
And a pie-eating contest has been added into the post-race fun, with entry sign-up online.
The entry fee is $100 per contestant; as of Wednesday, 10 businesses had sponsored a pie-eater each for the contest at DJ’s Rustic Restaurant.
“One pie, no hands, fastest one finished wins!” Sayles said in an email.