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Azalea Queen visits around the Port City


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Azalea Festival Queen and her court took a tour of the Port City today. It was a busy one, visiting children at a school and hospital.

Students, staff, parents, and Azalea belles welcomed Queen Jennifer Wayne, celebrities, and other special guests as they began their day at Roland-Grise Middle School. The Roland-Grise School orchestra welcomed the Queen and her entourage with fanfare.

Queen Jennifer Wayne said she was overwhelmed by the students' performance. The Queen, also a musician, says it was amazing and really neat to see, because she grew up with no music in her school.

"So to see all of the music and the arts it was just really special. I actually told them I play guitar, and if I would have learned when I was younger, I can't imagine how much better I would be, so take advantage of it," Queen Jennifer says.

One celebrity Emily Maynard from the "Bachelorette" says she is grateful to be here.

"I am just shocked from all of the community involvement in this and just what a great event it's been so far. It's been awesome," the celebrity guest Maynard said.

The Queen and her court also visited the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital later in the day. They toured the pediatric unit and met some of the children recieving care there. Queen Jennifer says she is happy to visit the hospital, because she volunteers at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

"I've been with children and in hospitals and it's just so cute there. I thought oh I'm just helping and it's like that here and I walk in and it's like fairy tale land," Queen Jennifer said.

Queen Jennifer says she is happy to be a part of the 66th Azalea Festival activities.

"It feels like a family, not only people in Wilmington, but the festival. It feels like everyone is a family, and they all work together and I think that's really special," Queen Jennifer says.

Queen Jennifer says she has been spoiled here and does not want to go back to the real life. Her next stop is right here for the Lynard Skynard concert tonight.

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