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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival kicks off tomorrow with the Queen’s Coronation.

We had exclusive access at Wilmington International Airport this afternoon as Queen-to-be Kirsten Haglund arrived in Wilmington.

Festival president Steve Coble presented her with a dozen pink roses. Then it was off to meet organizers and the media.

We asked Haglund what she’s looking forward to most this week

“Oh, my goodness. I’m so excited for the food, the festival, the fun, obviously the concerts. It’s gonna be an incredible weekend,” Haglund said. “It’s nice to get somewhere with the most amazing people. Very welcoming town. I’m just excited about everything.”

Haglund, a Michigan native, was Miss America in 2008.

She will officially become Queen Azalea during the coronation at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilmington Convention Center lawn. If you cannot make it, don’t worry. You can watch it live on WWAY NewsChannel 3 and WWAYTV3.com.

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