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Azalea Festival

Savor the cultures of the Cape Fear

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The Cape Fear is a melting pot of cultures, and the Azalea Festival will showcase those at the Festival of Cultures. Full story...
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Azalea Triathlon kicks off tri season

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The North Carolina triathlon season has officially begun. This year's Azalea Triathlon kicked off the season on Saturday. Full story...
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Talk about long distance; Azalea Festival Queen calls in from China

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videoThis year's Azalea Festival Queen is former Miss America Heather French Henry. When Heather was crowned Miss Kentucky and Miss America in 2000, WWAY’s Chris Phillips was working in Louisville and interviewed her there. He spoke with her again yesterday over the phone. She's in China doing business but will soon be here to receive her crown. Full story...
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Former Miss America to reign over Azalea Festival

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video Heather French Henry won the crown of Miss America in 2000. She is also a fashion designer with her own clothing line. As Miss America and since, Henry has traveled the nation championing veteran's issues. That dedication ties into this year's Azalea Festival's focus on honoring the military. Full story...
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Azalea Festival Cake Challenge to offer cash prizes

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Still trying to decide whether to compete in this year's Azalea Festival Cake Challenge? How's this for incentive: cash prizes. Full story...
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Azalea Festival Cake Challenge looking for bakers

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Get your cake stand and piping bag ready, and put your diet on hold. The Azalea Festival Cake Challenge is on its way. Full story...
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Azalea Festival to celebrate different cultures

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The Azalea Festival is adding some international flavor. Full story...
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YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! John McEnroe headlines new Azalea Festival event

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video If you're going to add a new event to a long-standing tradition like the Azalea Festival, you might as well make a big statement. Few people know how to make big statements like John McEnroe. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Darius Rucker headlines Azalea Festival Wednesday concert

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video Hoggard alum Connor Barth among celebrity guests during 64th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. Full story...
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Azalea Festival leaders plan economic impact study

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The Azalea Festival has commissioned a new economic impact study to be conducted on this year’s festival and that UNCW has agreed to take on the project. According to UNCW Professor Woody Hall, the festival brings in at least $7 million to the Wilmington area - reports the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Website WECT cited pulls concert listing

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An update to a story you saw ONLY ON 3 Wednesday. We told you WECT reported on its website country singer Easton Corbin would perform at Trask Coliseum for the Azalea Festival. Problem was the Azalea Festival said that was not the case. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: WECT gets Corbin fans excited; Azalea Festival says not so fast

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video UPDATE: Hank Estep, President of the Azalea Festival, says the website WECT quoted in its rush to break this story has removed the Easton Corbin concert information. Full story...
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Azalea Festival to feature student's art

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The Azalea Festival is still months away, but organizers revealed another part of the celebration today. Snipes Academy third grader Lemir Moore is the winner of the festival's student art contest. Full story...
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Avett Brothers tickets going fast

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The Avett Brothers are proving a success at the Azalea Festival box office. Full story...
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Preparations start for spring's Azalea Garden Tour

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Even though it's still six months away, today was the start of Azalea Festival preparations. Full story...
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