The North Carolina Azalea Festival announced its 2021 Board of Directors last night at its Annual Meeting. For the 74th North Carolina Azalea Festival, to be held April 7-11, 2021, the Board of Directors will be as follows: President: Deirdre McGlone-Webb President- Elect: John E. Russ, III Vice- President: Denise Szaloky Treasurer: Andrew Nettleman Secretary:…

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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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1960 Merv Griffin is emcee. Ronald Reagan and Andy Griffith are back, along with British character actor Charles Laughton. A local kid named Charlie Daniels plays the Ocean Plaza Ballroom at Carolina Beach. 1961 Shelly Fabares, teen co-star of TV’s Donna Reed Show reigns as queen, and a year later records Johnny Angel which becomes…

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CLOWNING AROUND IN 1968 Emmett Kelly Jr completed his 4-year apprenticeship in 1964.  He was then hired by Kodak to be apart of New York City Worlds’ Fair Kodak Pavilion from1964-1965.  For the following four years, Kelly toured as an Ambassador of Goodwill for Kodak. In 1968 Hugh Morton the founder and organizer of the…

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1952 Janet Leigh drops out as Azalea queen (reportedly at the insistence of husband Tony Curtis) and is hastily replaced by actress Cathy Downs  (My Darling Clementine), whose husband – actor Joe Kirkwood Jr. – happens to be playing in the Azalea Open.  1954 It was reported that Azalea Queen Ella Raines wore a crown…

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The Azalea Festival is proud to be presenting four amazing bands to the Main Stage for the 73rd North Carolina Azalea Festival.  April 2 @ 7:00 pm Aaron Lewis Aaron has more than two-decade career, topping the charts as the frontman of Hard Rock Heroes and now his second act as a hit artist on…

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The North Carolina Azalea Festival Announces Second Annual Downtown Window Decorating Competition Each year the North Carolina Azalea Festival bring hundreds of thousands of guests to our downtown business neighborhoods. We want to make sure we do everything we can to ensure these guests cross through YOUR DOORS. The Window Decorating Competition celebrates what makes…

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The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© presents “GARDENING: A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.” The 67th annual Azalea Garden Tour, sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club (CFGC), will take place April 3-5, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Tickets are limited and the public is encouraged to purchase them in advance at https://azaleagardentour.org or at local…

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International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and Haas & Wilkerson InsuranceAnnounce the 2019 Pinnacle Award Winners North Carolina Azalea FestivalBrings Home 4 Gold and 3 Silver Awards! Boise, Idaho- The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the North Carolina Azalea Festival on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held…

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WILMINGTON, N.C. March 20th, 2019- The North Carolina Azalea Festival is excited to announce Queen Azalea and Invited Guests of the 2019 Azalea Festival.  These guests will be attending multiple events throughout the week of April 3-7, 2019.   2019 Queen Azalea Briana Venskus The North Carolina Azalea Festival’s 2019 Queen Azalea is Briana Venskus, an…

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