First and Foremost We cannot thank you enough for your support of the 73rd North Carolina Azalea Festival- and also for your patience and understanding as we navigate the cancellation and rescheduling process. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. The Great News! We did a bit of rescheduling and are beyond…

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We wanted to take a moment to give our Festival friends and family a quick update. Our team was in the office both Friday and this morning working diligently on some pretty cool virtual options for April 1-5th – we will continue to share the Festival spirit this year! Please stay tuned as to how…

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Festival Friends, We have come to the day many of us have been dreading; out of an abundance of caution we must cancel our beloved North Carolina Azalea Festival 2020. This statement comes to you with heavy hearts – the Azalea Festival has been a staple in our community for 73 years, showcasing our beautiful…

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Below are updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Festival leadership has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation carefully and collecting information from numerous organizations such as the CDC, WHO, International Festivals and Events Association, and other festivals and events across the country. As recommended by the CDC from this source:…

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Below are updates on how the coronavirus is impacting the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Festival leadership has been monitoring the coronavirus situation carefully and collecting information from numerous organizations such as the CDC, WHO, International Festivals and Events Association, and other festivals and events across the country. As recommended by the CDC from this source:…

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1980 The Clyde Beatty/Cole Bros. circus joins the festival lineup for the first time. Dionne Warwick and Pete Fountain provide the music. 1981 Festival headliner Bob Hope visits the festival while Days of Our Lives stars Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes attend and begin a long association with Wilmington. 1982 Hometown hero Michael Jordan, assist…

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A great place to visit, an even better place to live. The area is referred to as the Cape Fear Region. The name comes Sir Richard Grenville, from the 1585 expedition as he was sailing to Roanoke Island his ship became trapped behind the cape. Some of the crew were afraid they would wreck, giving…

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1970 Concerts in 1970 were the big news: Country star George Hamilton IV, Yackety Sax instrumentalist Boots Randolph, the Dells and former Miss America Vonda Kay Van Dyke all preformed. 1971 The excitement was focused around the military in 1971.  The Army’s Golden Knights parachute into the festival and the U.S. Navy had made appearances…

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