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Volunteers keep Azalea Festival running

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Wilmington, N.C. (WWAY) - Locals, tourists and celebrities alike will crowd Downtown Wilmington to buy, eat and drink.

However, the famous street fair would not be possible without volunteers!

Which means Daniel Smith is a busy man this weekend. “I got to come as a spectator last year, and kinda (sic) see what goes on,” he said, “and then this year I was excited to just be a part of it.”

Helping to coordinate all of the volunteers that keep the Azalea Festival street fair running smoothly is no easy task.

“We have so many different positions for people who are all very crucial and very critical,” said Smith.

From manning barricades to running the command center more than 50 volunteers will spend almost 40 hours throughout the street fair helping to ensure festival visitors have a good time this weekend.

“There's thousands and thousands of visitors that are coming here this weekend and we just want to present Wilmington in the best light possible,” said Chrissy Sanford who is manning barricades and barely had time to stop for an interview.

“I gotta (sic) get this truck here,” she said running off to check out the truck drivers credentials saying it’s about keeping people safe and in check.

A majority of the volunteers are not first timers.

“The azalea festival is such and we are all so passionate about Wilmington and the festival and I think that's why we get so many volunteers,” said Debbie Bowden. It's her third year and she concedes without people donating their time the Azalea Festival wouldn't be what it is.

“I mean we could not do the festival without volunteers,” she said.

A festival by the people, for the people.

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