Springtimes: 5 Spring Festivals

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Winter wasn't all that harsh this year, and for this we are grateful — but spring is still just as welcome as it would be any other year. Let's celebrate warmth and flowers, food that's cooked on a grill and the ability to go outside without a coat at some statewide festivals that can only take place in the fairest of seasons.

The Garden Expo 2012, Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. (203) 259-1847, thegardenexpo.com. March 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & March 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$8. Over 80 home and garden exhibitors, selected by invitation only to ensure that they are of high quality. Arts, crafts and items that will appeal to the gardener and non-gardener alike.

Meriden Daffodil Festival, Hubbard Park, Meriden. (203) 630-4259, daffodilfest.com. Sat., April 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sun., April 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Over half a million daffodils set the backdrop for a day in the park filled with local music (dozens of really good local bands), food, rides and fireworks.

Robin Hood Springtime Festival, Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane, Guilford. (860) 478-5954, robinhoodsfaire.com. May 12-June 3. $3-$16. A recreation of an old world harvest faire with costumed performers, crafts and entertainment. You will hear the word "ye" spoken many times.

Shoreline Spring Festival, Madison Green, Madison. (203) 245-8720, shorelineunitarian.org. Sat., May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A one-day arts and crafts festival featuring exhibitors from all over New England, a farmers market, music and more.

Spring on the Farm Festival, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. (203) 322-1646, stamfordmuseum.org. May 19-20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. Learn how to shear a sheep, buy some plants, take a hayride… you know. Spring stuff.

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