What is it like to be an Azalea Festival princess?

During the Azalea Festival we hear a lot about the queen. Her coronation, the events she attends, her court, and more. But there is also an official Azalea Festival princess as well who has similar responsibilities.

Every year during the Azalea Festival we hear a lot about the queen.

Her coronation, the events she attends, her court, and more. But there is also an official Azalea Festival princess as well who has similar responsibilities.

The princess is chosen by winning the Azalea Festival princess pageant which takes place in early March.

If you win the pageant, you not only become the Azalea Festival princess for the year, but you also win scholarship money.

Past Azalea Festival princesses, Emma Grace Wright (2017) and Liz Carroll (1997) said doing a pageant was out of their comfort zones but they were excited about the opportunity for a scholarship.

This year’s princess, Claire-Emma Britt was also motivated to do the pageant because of the scholarship.

“This is an honor,” Britt said. “To accept the Beverly Anne Jurgensen scholarship and to honor her life, it’s just a real honor.”

Britt says she’s excited to spend her last year living in Wilmington before college representing her home town.

Britt, Wright and Carroll all agree that serving as the Azalea Festival princess for a year is a way to represent the youth in Wilmington.

“Something that is very important to me [is] being a role model and putting myself out there and being someone that people could look up to,” Wright said.

During the festival, the princess attends almost all the events including the parade, the garden party, the coin show, the patron’s ball, and more.

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