The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival will soon be in full bloom.

Festival secretary Margaret Dearricott said the event, now in its 47th year, was a spectacular way to welcome in spring.

“Kyneton has wonderful daffodils that grow well here and it always makes a wonderful display,” she said.

“It’s a great thing to build a festival on. There are a number of special features – there’s the spring flower show, concerts, but I think a lot of people see the grand parade on the very last day as the great showpiece of the festival.

“One thousand people are in the parade itself. There are bands, floats, marching groups from community groups, wonderful cars and a few special fun attractions.”

About 20,000 people are expected to make their way to Kyneton for the 11-day festival.

“It’s great for locals but a lot of visitors do come as well,” Ms Dearricott said.

“We have the tradition of having a festival king and queen and prince and princess. We’ve got ferret racing and a dog dash – they are big fun events. The dog dash is really hilarious, people really love their dogs.”

The festival begins on Thursday, September 5 and runs until Sunday, September 15.