Street fair kicks off weekend Azalea fun

Hundreds downtown Wilmington for Azalea Festival Street Fair (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Azalea Festival Street Fair kicked off tonight and is bringing hundreds of people downtown to check out all the fun.


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“Local artist come out and sell their wears. A lot of people selling local food and dishes so you really get a feel for what is going on in local North Carolina, Wilmington area,” Daniel Halstead said.

Halstead is a first time visitor to the street fair, but said he had to come check out everything it had to offer.

With more than 250 vendors ands traditional fair food there is something for everyone.

“Experience the whole thing. Take in the parade, all the street vendors, stay for the bands, listen to the music and just enjoy our beautiful city,” Charlotte Buckley said.

While people enjoy the goods and unique vendors, one craftsman said traveling to street fair to street fair is part of his everyday life.

“I think it’s great you get to meet a lot of people, you make friends with other vendors. I just had another wood turner come by that I’ve become good friends with over the years, him and his wife. You get to know families, so it’s really a good way to meet people all over,” vendor Charlie Crosby said.

Crosby said when someone buys one of his creations it means more than just making a sale.

“It shows that I’m making something worth while. Everybody likes to be appreciated so when somebody comes in and buys one of my pins I feel appreciated,” Crosby said.

Crosby said he hopes the street fair stays busy all weekend long.