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It's not necessary to trespass to pan for gold daffodils. They're available by the thousands on 7 acres in the west Pulaski County village of Wye, which hosts the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival every mid-March as a fund-raiser for Wye United Methodist Church.

Daffodils have been slow to bloom this year on the chilly hilly field, so the festival will probably run later than usual, from March 14 through 23. The church will announce official dates the minute the daffodils tell them to.

Barbecue and other concessions are sold on the weekends, but you can buy a dozen bulbs ($5) or pick your own ($1 a dozen) anytime during the festival. Arts and crafts vendors come to the festival as well. Proceeds from flower and bulb sales, and part of the crafts sales, help pay the salary of the pastor, Lanita Daniels, and for upkeep at the church, which has 40 members.

The trip to Wye Mountain from Little Rock is about 45 minutes. Take U.S. Highway 10 to state Highway 113 and turn north. Wye is 7 miles up the road. For more information, call church treasurer Betty Harmon at 501-330-2403.

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