Festival Princess McKinley Lanier Travels to the Watermelon Festival!

A travel update from Festival Princess, McKinley Lanier… This weekend I had the privilege to travel to Fairbluff N.C. for the Watermelon Festival! It sure was hot but the people of Fairbluff didn’t let that drown out their celebrating!!! The watermelon was amazing and the parade was so fun! Congratulations to the new Watermelon festival […]

75th Annual Rhododendron Festival

The 75th Annual Rhododendron Festival was so welcoming of this city girl this week!! Bakersville, NC is the sweetest little town with the nicest people! We hiked, square danced, and crowned a new Rhodo Queen!! I am so thankful to have been invited to the 75th Festival. We had such a great time. During the […]

North Carolina Blueberry Festival Visit

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to represent the North Carolina Azalea Festival at the NC Blueberry Festival Pageant. I enjoyed being able to share my dance talent duet with the audience and loved watching all the amazing young ladies compete. A huge congratulations to Rileigh Pederson, who served on the Azalea Princess Court […]

April was THE month!!! Best week of my life was spent with the best people for our big 75th year!!! So very thankful for all of the volunteers and committee members who put in months of preparation for our April!! We partied hard and crashed even harder after the princess duties were over, our beautiful […]

Street Fairs, the Tradition Continues

Last year, as we began planning the North Carolina Azalea Festival, we knew the beloved Street Fair would be an event that we would continue to host. Who doesn’t love a good street fair, right? Hearing and seeing the sights and sounds, walking through the streets exploring the vendors booths, watching the entertainers, and seeing […]

New Venue for Main Stage Concerts

Here in the city of Wilmington we are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the new Live Oak Bank Pavilion @ Riverfront Park. This project has been in the planning stages since 2012. It is built on a 6.6-acre tract of land and located along the Cape Fear River near the Isabel Holmes Bridge. The […]

Attend the Azalea Festival and Also Enjoy Wilmington’s Beaches!

So you may be planning to attend the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival which is packed with many activities for the old and young alike. However you may want to add a few extra days to your visit and explore Wilmington’s beautiful area beaches. The Wilmington area is home to many beautiful beach areas but […]

The Return of the NCAF as an Economic Driver

What a difference a year can make.  In March of 2020 the alarm was sounded throughout the world as the unwarranted pandemia, Covid -19 had made its way to the United States. Our city, along with the nation, was in shock and disbelief.  We had no idea what we were up against and how our […]

Decades of Queens…Where are They Now?

The North Carolina Azalea Festival has been honored to have over seven decades of Azalea Festival Queens. We thought it would be interesting to choose one queen from each decade to see where they are today.  Let’s begin with our very first queen from 1948… Jacqueline White, 1948 Jacqueline White is 98 yrs old and […]

You, Your Pup, in a Park with a Parade!

Imagine enjoying the afternoon with your pup in a park with all things centered around your four-legged best friend?! Does this sound heavenly to you and only something you dream about while doing household chores or sitting behind your desk at work? Our lives get so busy that we forget to take the time to […]