International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Announces 2016 Pinnacle Award Winners

BOISE, IDAHO – The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Tucson, Arizona on September 27, 2016 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. The North […]

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, […]

Beginner’s Guide: How To Best Experience The North Carolina Azalea Festival

Becoming a Patron Sponsor is the BEST way to experience the North Carolina Azalea Festival because…we compiled our most southern, entertaining events into one ultimate package: The Patron Package. The Patron Package Want to enjoy all the North Carolina Azalea Festival Fun…which includes tickets for two for three days of entertainment? As a Festival Patron, you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

June Southern Charm In Full Bloom: Chess Pie by Minnie Pearl

This post is related to our e-newsletter, Southern Charm In Full Bloom. To receive our monthly news and updates, sign up here. Chess Pie by Minnie Pearl You may be asking, what exactly is chess pie? We are here to tell you that it is a delicious, southern combination of sugar, butter….and more sugar and more […]