Invited Guests
April 2022

Alex Highsmith -
NFL Linebacker

Claire Curzan-
Olympic Silver Medalist

Anne Hawthorne-
Queen Azalea 2020

Allie Graziano- National Cherry Festival Queen

William F. Borer- Master Sergeant, U.S. Army [Ret.] Ex- P.O.W Korean War

2022 Queens Court

Brooke Eagle-
Azalea Festival Artist

Carli Batson-
Miss North Carolina 2021

Emily Muse

Miss Moore County

Hannah Harvey

Miss Emerald Ridge

Julia DeSerio 

Miss Sandhills

Karie Grace Shields

Miss Queen City 

Karolyn Martin

Miss Metrolina

Lauryn Mallard

Miss Randolph County

Sarah Beth Howard

Miss Zebulon

Taylor Stovall

Miss Goldsboro

2022 Keydet Escorts

Rhett Rezendes

Ethan Hogan

Julian Ruffin

John Delaney

Sean Vonderhaar

Noah Kirk

Max Burke

Grady Beasley

Guests to Note

Each year the Azalea Festival highlights a few individuals as Official Invited Guests.
Stars, celebrities, and heroes alike – from afar and right here locally – are honored during Festival events.  

The Festival has hosted the following notable guests (this is just a small sampling!):
Barbara Alyn Woods, Kevin Frazier, President Ronald Reagan, Adrian Wood
Also…Michael Jordan, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, and more!