Festival President

Denise Szloky
2023

Denise Szaloky is proud to be your 76th President. A native of Wichita Falls,Texas, she graduated with a Business and Marketing degree leading her to become a professional flight attendant with American Airlines.

In 2001, she moved to Wilmington and immediately became a festival volunteer working with the Queen’s Coronation, Volunteer Workers Party, Queen’s Arrival and Welcome along with Past Presidents Party.

She has enjoyed being deeply involved with numerous organizations making significant impacts throughout our community and has shown dedication to making Wilmington a better place to live, work and raise children. Her efforts include PTA at the local, county and state levels as well as youth sports organizations and booster clubs. Denise has focused on feeding families and home bound seniors in addition to mentoring and tutoring students. She also has been instrumental in leading and organizing such events as Wilmington’s Heath Access for Teens Power of the Purse and New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Red Dress Luncheon.

For the past 22 years, Denise has loved calling Wilmington home. She and her husband Joe have two sons, Spencer and Grant, who are both proud New Hanover High School graduates

Past Presidents

John Russ III
2022

Dee McGlone-Webb
2021

Dr. Stephen Meinhold
2020

Jonathan D. Hedge
2019

Justin B. Wolfe
2018

Jean A. Lawler
2017

Robby Collins
2016

Liz Carroll
2015

Stephen E. Coble
2014

Donna S. Cameron
2013

Dr. Charles R. Kays
2012

Hank Estep
2011

Erica Mearns
2010

Sherman Lee Criner
2009

Dana Fisher
2008

Charlie Rivenbark
2007

Penny Spicer-Sidbury
2006

Grady Richardson
2005

Lisa Ballantine
2004

Wanda Copley
2003

Paula Lentz Corbett
2002

David Kauffman
2001

Emily Longley
2000

Bill Rudisill
1999

W.A. Cobb, Jr.
1998

Uldis Birzenieks
1997

Micheal Creed
1996

Helen Lewis
1995

Hank Miller
1994

James B. Stokley, Jr.
1993

Beverly A. Jurgensen
1992

Lee Weddle
1991

Rodney E. Everhart
1990

William H. Cameron
1989

David Ward
1988

Doug Echols
1987

H.E. Miller, Jr.
1986

Frederick Willetts, III
1985

William N. Rose
1984

James Carter
1983

Ed Ward, Jr.
1982

Donald Britt
1981

F.P. Fensel, Jr.
1980

Paul Burton
1979

Russell Clark
1978

Terry Horton
1977

Thurman W. Sallade
1976

William R. Burns
1975

W. Allen Cobb
1974

Franklin Elmore
1973

John C. Hall
1972

Frank Ballard
1971

Wiliam H. Sutton
1970

F.P. Fensel
1969

B.E. Huffine
1968

John Van B. Metts
1967

Lloyd W. Moore
1966

G. Stanley Rehder
1965

W.A. Raney
1964

L. Bradford Tillery
1963

Allan T. Strange
1962

E.S. Capps
1961

Robert A. Little
1960

Walker Taylor, Jr.
1959

Frederick Willetts, Jr.
1958

W.G. Broadfoot, Jr.
1957

William S. Rehder
1956

Louis Lathman
1955

Edward L. Ward
1954

Rye B. Page
1953

Allen Jones
1952

E.L. White
1951

Hal Love
1950

David Harriss
1949

Hugh Morton
1948