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73 Somehow, between the Azalea Queen’s Coronation and the Garden Party, the parade, and visits to schools, hospitals and the senior center, a few of the queens from the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen’s Court have found time for a little bit of romance. Each year eight young women, all regional queens set to compete in the Miss North Carolina pageant in June, chosen from scores of applicants, arrive in Wilmington to accompany the Festival Queen to all of the official events. Eight cadets from The Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel, drive up from Charleston to serve as escorts for the young queens. Sometimes they all go their separate ways after the festival without a backward glance. COURTESY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL Ashanti Wright and Terrance Jackson after the Patti Labelle concert on the final night of the festival in 2006. Sometimes, they fall in love. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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