All in a Day's Drive: Best weather in decade on tap for 42nd Daffodil Drive

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EUGENE, Ore. With a sunny weekend expected in the Willamette Valley, there'll be a bouquet of activity happening north of Eugene.

Many people will be heading to Junction City for the 42nd annual Daffodil Drive.

Little yellow beacons are blooming along Ferguson Road west of Junction City, just in time for organizers to open up Long Tom Grange for this weekend's Daffodil Drive.

"All of the flowers coming up, the daffodils in bloom, it's a great time to remember it's a chance to get out and enjoy the outdoors," Jolene Thomson said. Thomson works for Guaranty RV in Junction City.

"Probably the best daffodil festival - as far as weather goes - we've had in the last 10 years," Danuta Pfeiffer said. Pfeiffer is organizing this year's drive.

After making a change at last year's drive, this year, cinnamon rolls are back on the menu.

And the rolls for this year's Daffodil Drive will be made at New Day Bakery in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

"A lot of times, people take it to go after they've eaten half of it. It's an eight-inch roll," Aidan Mahoney said.

"We even had to order bigger plates to put them on," Pfeiffer said.

Many rolls will be up for grabs, but fewer parking spaces. That's why one Junction City dealership will be offering a shuttle service giving people a lift.

"We offered the use of one of our drivers and one of our transportation vans to come pick people up at the Conser Quarry parking space," Thomson said.

"Every 15 minutes coming to the grange, so it'll be quite accommodating for everybody," Pfeiffer said.

And you can find something to eat and something to plant at this big spring party all in a day's drive.

In addition to Long Tom Grange, you can also find daffodils and cinnamon rolls at Pfeiffer and Brigadoon wineries this weekend.

The Daffodil Drive is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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