North Carolina Azalea Festival

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North Carolina Azalea Festival Royalty-In-Training

I know I am in for a treat when I go to visit my friends at the YMCA…I am delighted at their overflowing energy and constant participation. For this visit to the YMCA, I had an activity planned. I wrote the word “princess” on the board and explained how I planned to do an acrostic…

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Three Parades And One More To Go

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to participate in three Christmas parades: Carolina Beach Christmas Parade, Oak Island Christmas Parade, and Downtown Wilmington Christmas Parade. All three parades were a “little” chilly, but extremely exciting. I really liked how the parades were local. My friends were able to come support me, and I saw…

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Five-Inch-Heels & A Tractor

From the time I arrived in Benson, NC to the moment I got in my car to go home, the kindness and generosity of the people at Mule Days was overwhelming. Before the parade started, a man even let me sit on his HUGE tractor and take photos. I had never sat on a legitimate,…

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Patience, Confidence, Kindness & Leadership

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to speak to girls and boys at the YMCA as part of an 11-week day camp for kids of all ages. Once I arrived, I was overcome with excitement as I looked at all the attentive, happy, and respectful boys and girls. We discussed the North Carolina Azalea Festival…

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The Festival Of My Favorite Fruit

I woke up Saturday morning thinking HOORAY! Today is the day I go to the festival that celebrates my favorite fruit! The morning of the Watermelon Festival started early – 5:20 am to be exact. I would like to give a special shout-out to Ginger Williams for also getting up at the crack of dawn…

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

Last Tuesday, I had the incredible opportunity of visiting the pediatric wing of the Children’s Hospital. In my interview, when I was competing for the title of the 68th North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess, the judges asked me what I wanted my legacy to be; and among the things I listed, I said I wanted…

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Happy Fourth, Princess Lilly!

This year I spent the Fourth of July a little differently: I had the immense pleasure of traveling to Southport and participating in their Fourth of July Parade! I had actually never been to Southport before this, and I loved everything about it! I would like to give a HUGE thank you to this year’s Azalea…

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Rise Up: The Crowning of 2016 Miss North Carolina

The feeling you have right after you hear your name called for a title you have worked tirelessly for is indescribable; you know in that moment that all of your hard work has paid off. This weekend at the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen and Miss North Carolina Pageants, I got to watch two contestants…

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Beautiful Views & The Best Burgers In Town

The Rhododendron Festival celebrates the beautiful Rhododendrons that grow on Roan Mountain, host to the largest population of Rhododendrons in the world. The Rhododendrons on Roan are not allowed to be picked EXCEPT to make the bouquets for the winners of the Rhododendron Festival. The festival itself is a two-day event beginning on Friday night…

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Festival Fever

Wow, Azalea Festival Week was over one month ago and yet I am still suffering from ongoing “Festival Fever.” For those of you who are curious about what exactly Azalea Festival week consists of, I am about to share! However, there are so many people I need to thank so of course I am going to…

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