2010 Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina
April 10-11, 2010
North Carolina Azalea Festival takes place every year in the city of
Wilmington, North Carolina. The Festival is a non-civic organization and is
highly sponsored by the local community. It celebrates local art, the floral
gardens, and the history of Wilmington. The festival lasts for five days and
takes place in the beginning of April. Attendance to the festival has grown to
reach over 300,000 in 2008. The Azalea Festival has become an event many travel
to for vacation which has boosted Wilmington's local economy. Such businesses as
car rental companies have benefited from the festival. An estimated $5 million
is given to the community through money raised for the festival. The North
Carolina Azalea Festival is also continually aiming to provide scholarships for
Several scholarship opportunities are available such as the Princess Scholarship Program. This program raises approximately $28,000 each year to give away through scholarship. Through this program, one young lady becomes the recipient of the Beverly Anne Jurgensen Scholarship Award which pays for one year's full tuition to an in-state college.
Now for the information you really want to know about!
Friday night is a good night to come downtown, especially if you are a local. 99% of the vendors are set up, and you can avoid some of the crowds of Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday, however, are great days for people-watching. Due to the enormity of this event, you can expect not only all walks of life, but also many, many companies which spend great amounts of money to market themselves. The result is first-class exhibitions and roving logo-clad sales reps -- many handing out free samples.
Things really kick in with the parade on Saturday morning!
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