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January 2019

Chefs’ Showcase: a Kick-Off Event

January 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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SAVE THE DATE! While we are working to secure our chefs for the 2nd annual Chefs' Showcase...make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, January 19th, 2019! More details on tickets, chef line up, and silent auction items coming soon. Photos from the 2018 Chefs' Showcase:      

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March 2019

Scholarship Pageant Presented by BB&T

March 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kenan Auditorium, 601 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
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Junior high school students from area high schools compete in this annual Scholarship Pageant based on a private interview with judges, evening gown competition, and on-stage presentation. The winner is the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award, named after the beloved Past President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. If you are interested in entering the Scholarship Pageant please click on the link below for more information. 2019 Scholarship Pageant Registration   Want to see the 2018 Contestants? …

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Azalea Sweep

March 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CFCC Parking Lot, 701 N Front St
Wilmington, 28401 United States
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The Azalea Sweep is an event that takes place prior to the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Officers, committee members, and volunteers get together and clean various places where the Azalea Queen will visit during her reign. Afterwards, there is a volunteer after-party with food and refreshments to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers!

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April 2019

Youth Art Contest Presented by The Community Foundation of NC East

April 3, 2019 - April 7, 2019

The North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest Presented by the Community Foundation of NC East is an annual art contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and home-schooled elementary, middle school, (and new in 2018 - high school!) students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them. The winning artists (and second and third…

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High School Writing Contest Presented by Wrightsville Beach Magazine

April 3, 2019 - April 7, 2019

  The North Carolina Azalea Festival introduced a new contest in 2017, the High School Writing Contest, in an effort to reach out to more youth in the greater Wilmington area. High School students are invited to submit either a descriptive essay or poem using the prompt:  “Which traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival mean the most to you or the Wilmington, North Carolina community?”  Many thoughtful, interesting, and creative entries are received and judged by a local team…

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Queen’s Coronation

April 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401 United States
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The Queen’s Coronation is an annual event where the Queen is officially crowned the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen Azalea. In attendance are the Festival Celebrity Guests as well as: City Officials, Board Members, and Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles.  After the Coronation we have an exclusive free Meet and Greet with all of our celebrities and the Queen…this is your chance to meet the Queen and the Celebrity Guests!

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Brigade Boys & Girls Club Community Visit

April 4, 2019
Brigade Boys & Girls Club, 2759 Vance St
Wilmington, NC 28412 United States
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Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a community organization to help spread the Festival spirit. Thank you to the children, staff, and Brigade Club Board of Directors for making it such a fun visit. Since 1896, the Brigade Boys & Girls Club has been in the forefront of youth development in the Wilmington area, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Club offers daily access to a broad range of…

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Celebrity Reception

April 4, 2019
Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
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The Celebrity Reception provides sponsors of the Festival a close and personal opportunity to see and meet Queen Azalea, Celebrity Guests, and other Festival Dignitaries.  A relaxing luncheon on sprawling country club grounds, this is a great way to start the festivities! The Celebrity Reception is a private function for partners of the Azalea Festival. Partner With Us

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School Visit

April 4, 2019

Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit a local school to share the Festival spirit.  The school works year-long to prepare a program and showcase their school pride to our Festival special guests. Past School Visits include: 2010: Cape Fear Academy 2011: Myrtle Grove Christian 2012: Snipes Elementary 2013: Roland Grise Middle School 2014: Pine Valley Elementary 2015: Forest Hills Elementary 2016: Ogden Elementary 2017: Parsley Elementary 2018: Blair Elementary

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Hospital Visit

April 4, 2019

Each year the Azalea Festival Queen Azalea, Celebrities, and Official Party visit the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital to help spread the Festival spirit.

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