Annual Daffodil Festival in Amity Oregon: A spring day in the countryside

Amity Pioneer Cemetery

Amity Pioneer Cemetery

Just south of Portland, Oregon you’ll encounter many small intriguing towns. Amity is one such place. Amity is a historic pioneer town. On a side road you’ll find a pioneer cemetery established in 1854. The town was established between 1848 and 1849 by the Watt brothers who had traveled to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. It is said that the name “Amity” came from the name of a school that was built by two rival communities after the amicable settlement of a dispute.

Each year, you’ll find the community of Amity coming together around a glorious yellow flower that signifies spring. For 15 years walkers have come from near and far to walk the town and into the countryside to see a daffodil farm. And for 19 years, the Amity school children have participated in a floral festival to learn and serve. In the elementary school cafeteria you’ll find a good old fashioned breakfast and lunch, all served on colorful tables decorated with, you guessed it, bouquets of daffodils.

Amity School Children Serve at the Daffodil Festival

Amity School Children Serve at the Daffodil Festival

And in the gym, you’ll find rows upon rows of beautiful daffodils exhibited. There will be varieties you have never seen. Adding to the festivities is a plant sale and daffodil art show. For me, those events are the icing on the cake. For I go to spend a day in the countryside, walking.

This year I walked the marked route to the Fanning Daffodil Farm. The annual event, a sanctioned volkswalk, is self paced. You can walk 5k, 10k or 20k. A free shuttle was available to take walkers to the various starting points and back to the school.

Included on the walk route offerings was a stop at the Brigittine Monastery, a beautiful country residence and chapel. But what is especially enticing about this monastery is that the Brothers are known for their delicious fudge and chocolate truffles.

A trip to Amity from Portland or Salem doesn’t take long. It is about an hour and a half from Portland. There is much to see on the way. Wineries, antique stores and farmer’s markets will add to your visit. While a visit to the quaint town of Amity is a great thing to do year-round, March is always a special time because the daffodils are blooming everywhere and the town is celebrating.

Amity Daffodils

Amity Daffodils

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