Invited Guests
April 2023

Trot Nixon -
MLB Baseball Player

Frances Weller -
WECT Anchor

Margaret Weller Stargell - Willie Stargell Foundation

Harold Davis -
U.S. Army Korean War Veteran

Adm. Daryl Caudle -
U.S. Navy

Karolyn Martin-
Miss North Carolina 2023

Ana Brown -
2023 Official Artist

2023 Queens Court

Anna Claire Musick

Miss Metrolina

Elizabeth O’Brien

Miss Central Carolina

Jordan Garrick

Miss Piedmont

Tori Kaitlyn Gross

Miss Randolph County

Taylor Loyd

Miss Statesville

Kate White

Miss Thomasville

Hannah Welborne-Lewis

Miss Sandhills

Rachel Townsend

Miss Fayetteville

2023 Keydet Escorts

Garrett Petruskie

Jack Mion

Joseph Egbo

Nick Cabell

Peyton Simpson

Sam McCrary

Thomas Champion

Thomas Marlow

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!