The family of Joy and Steve Zamoiski will be celebrating their 11th year of opening their daffodil fields April 26-28 and May 3-5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their fields are located at 292 Candor Hill Rd. in Candor, and are open to the public.
In 2009 they celebrated Joy’s 85th birthday with the public and unveiled “Joy” written out in 1,000 daffodils in the hill behind their house. Guests and family enjoyed themselves so much, they have held the event the last weekend in April and first weekend in May ever since. The event is free, children are welcome, and an accessible port a potty is on site.
The daffodil plantings were started over 40 years ago by Joy. Through the decades her children have purchased and planted nearly 40,000 daffodil bulbs and estimate they have over 54,000 daffodils on site. This includes over 170 unique varieties and at least 20 distinct mixes.
They have spelled out four additional words in daffodils. They have also planted a 50-foot tall breast cancer ribbon using 1,700 “Pink Ribbon” daffodil bulbs to show solidarity with anyone fighting a major health battle.
On Saturday, May 5, the Town of Candor will hold their second annual Daffodil Festival at the ball fields downtown. There will bands, over 70 vendors, kids activities, hay rides to and from the Daffodil Daze daffodil fields, and they will raffle off daffodil bouquets all day.
Sunday, May 5 at 5 p.m. will kick off the 3rd annual Operation Extend The Joy. With the help of volunteers, daffodils are picked and distributed to hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, elderly housing, and shut-ins. Last year over 3,215 people received their daffodils. Picking and delivering will continue on May 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.