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Azalea Festival releases info on Street Fair, road closings

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The North Carolina Azalea Festival would like to let our community know that during the Street Fair the downtown merchants will all be open for business as they join in the festival festivities.

STREET FAIR HOURS OF OPERATION
Friday, April 12th 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, April 13th 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, April 14th 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, April 13th – Fireworks at 9:00pm over the Cape Fear River

STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION
Friday, April 12th 6:00am through Sunday, April 14th 8:00pm
Water Street from Walnut to Market
Market Street from Water to Front (just west of the Parking Deck Entrance)
Front Street from Market to Red Cross (Red Cross Street will be open to traffic)

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN INFORMATION
The City parking deck entrance on Market Street will remain accessible throughout the Street Fair, except during the parade on Saturday, April 13th, from 6:00am to 2:00pm.
All of Second Street will remain accessible throughout the street fair, except during the parade on Saturday, April 13th from 6:00am to 2:00pm.
Water Street Parking Deck will remain open to monthly patrons until Friday at 6:00pm.
Cotton Exchange Parking Lot will remain open until Friday at 6:00pm.
Street Fair will have Information Booths in four locations with “Dailies” (daily sheets of all the performance schedules), and coupons to the Downtown Merchants.

STREET FAIR CAFÉ
For the first time the Street Fair will host the Street Fair Café where guests will have a place to sit and eat while enjoying a variety of entertainment. The café is located at the corner of Princess and Water Streets.
Squonk Opera performs their GO Roadshow “A Carnival Calliope” in the Street Fair Café
Friday - 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Saturday - 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm & 8:15pm
Sunday – 1:00pm, 3:00pm & 5:00pm

RIVERFRONT PARK STAGE
Friday, April 12th – Praise Fest - 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, April 13th
12:00 - NC AT&T Drum Line
1:30pm – Wilmington Talent Showcase Featuring Area Queens and Princesses
4:00pm – Trash Can Therapy – Roland-Grise Middle School
5:00pm – Shoreline Strolling Brass Band – Myrtle Beach
7:00pm – Pantastic Steel Drum – Wilmington
Sunday, April 14th – Acapella Groups – 12:00 – 6:00pm

OTHER STAGES AND EVENTS
Children’s Stage sponsored by Chobani Greek Yogurt Champions – All new Inflatables along with Home Depot’s plants for kids and the NC Science Fair will be providing demonstrations in their booth
Multi- Cultural Stage with a Children’s Multi-Cultural Parade
Art Walk on the first block of Market Street showcasing local and regional artists
RV and Car Show on Front Street – courtesy of Rex’s RV and Neuwirth Motors
Greater Wilmington Tennis Association in Bailey Park – Providing classes and technique demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday
* Saturday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm - Peyton List will be signing autographs in the Cotton Exchange alcove next to the Children’s Area
*PEYTON LIST
As a young actress, Peyton List was handpicked for the Red Pages’ 2012 U.S. Hot 100 list, which predicts the up-and-coming talent in the world of film, television, music, fashion, sports, literature, and politics. Peyton is best known for playing Emma Ross, a bubbly and eager teenager on the hit Disney Channel series Jessie. She is also recognized for her role in the feature films Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, opposite Nicholas Cage, Remember Me with Robert Pattinson and Chris Cooper, and 27 Dresses, opposite Katherine Heigl. Peyton has appeared in the Lifetime movie Secrets in the Walls, as well as guest starring roles on Gossip Girl, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order: SVU, and Cashmere Mafia.

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Not the full story....

I work downtown, and we've already been told that Front St. will be closed starting on Thursday afternoon in the area of the concerts, and we need to avoid the area like the plague. They will be using the northbound lanes (at least) for the trucks and stage for the concerts. I talked to one of the CFCC security guards, and that person pretty well confirmed the info.

Funny that was left out of the "press release".

Why not just get to it, and put up the city closed signs at either end of Third st. Wooster and Isabel Holmes. That just about covers what this has turned into.

This is an eye-opener.... http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/560/560755213/560755213_...

Why o why?

Why didn't the festival work with PPD to use their parking deck, conveniently located directly beside the new venue, to house the concert goers' vehicles? Most concert traffic could have been relegated to the northern downtown area and when the concerts are over, traffic could be funneled north on 3rd Street to MLK or across the bridge. Wonder if the powers that be even considered this?

Why are Festival goers

Why are Festival goers charged a 'donation' to park in the CFCC parking lot? If we have to pay to park there is it really a donation?

Maybe just maybe

Maybe PPD didn't want hundreds of potentially drunk concert goers on their property, peeing in corners, additional possibility of vandalism and of course the biggest issue of all, the liability.

Boy o boy

Point taken. Southern charm at its finest!

All this for a bunch of

All this for a bunch of flowers!
I wouldn't worry too much about Fridays activities...seen the weather report? Maybe they will hold everything inside the Convention Center due to the rain...Parade too :-)

Attn WWAY

STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION

"Front Street from Market to Red Cross"

WWAY address?
WWAY-TV3 615 N. Front St. Wilmington, NC

Are we going to PLAN for this folks?
Perhaps move our reporters cars so they can get out when needed?

Or are we gonna be subjected to another Pickey parade before a magistrate?

Heh, heh, heh

I'll probably get banned for this one

Vog

VOG, VOG, VOG

won't they either be riding on some parade float or broadcating from some high in the sky platform? Or will they be smart and get the heck out of town?