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The North Carolina Azalea Festival Announces First Responder Appreciation Night at the Main Stage Thursday, April 4th, 2019

WILMINGTON, NC – The 2019 North Carolina Azalea Festival announces a First Responder Appreciation Night at the Main Stage during the Thursday, April 4th performance of Tyler Farr with Opening Act Josh Phillips. All area first responders will receive two complimentary tickets courtesy of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, as a small token of thanks for the countless hours served before, during, and in the cleanup of Hurricane Florence.

Festival President, Jonathan D. Hedge, states, ” Not only is our community rich with natural beauty, arts, and culture, we have a wealth of men and women who give so much every day to protect and serve our residents and visitors. Our First Responders are world class in every aspect.”

Area first responders are critical not only during times of natural disaster, but also in the planning and execution of large-scale events such as the Azalea Festival. As Hedge states, “These dedicated and steadfast professionals are true festival partners. They contribute to every event from development to execution. Often, they are in the forefront executing logistics, but many times they are behind the scenes ensuring our safety and security.  All have sacrificed and some have sacrificed all for our community and I, as we all should, can’t thank them enough for their service.”

Tickets for first responders will be distributed through the proper departments for each specific category of first responder, and includes but is not limited to the: Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Fire Department, Carolina Beach Police Department, Carolina Beach Fire Department, Kure Beach Police Department, NHRMC Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Burgaw Police Department, Topsail Police Department, Pender East Fire and EMS, NCWRC, and EMS Medical Services.

Tyler Farr with Opening Act Josh Phillips
Performing at the
North Carolina Azalea Festival Main Stage

First Responder Appreciation Night
Thursday, April 4th | 7 pm

Read More About Tyler Farr



For more details or to request media interviews, please contact North Carolina Azalea Festival Executive Director Alison Baringer English at:alison@ncazaleafestival.org or 910-216-9400.
The 2019 North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held April 3-7, 2019.

About the North Carolina Azalea Festival
Since its inception in 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people and generates more than $51 million for the local economy. The Festival showcases our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. The North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Bud Light
Wells Fargo
Hotel Ballast
Duke Energy
New Hanover Printing
Wilmington Eye
North Carolina Education Lottery
LM Restaurants
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Hawthorne Residential Partners
UNC Wilmington
Lowes Foods
Sarah E. Pless, DDS: Renaissance Dental Studio
Silverton Mortgage
TRUgaming / TRUstreaming
Community Foundation of NC East
Wilmington Convention Center
Wilmington Grill
Wilmington Health
BlueCross and BlueShield of NC
Chart Local
South State Bank
North Carolina Ports
Prestige Beverage Group
Social House Vodka
Wilmington Dermatology Center
East Coast Autos & Trailers
Academy Sports + Outdoors
BMW of Wilmington
Corning Credit Union
CPI Security
Harris Teeter
Wrightsville Beach Magazine
El Cerro / Zocalo
RV Transportation Provided by Rex and Sons RV’s
Transportation Provided by Neuwirth Motors

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