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74 WBM february 2015 Beth Bell, who organizes the queens, confirms, “Romances do develop. They are neither encouraged nor denied, but it’s a wonderful environment to get to know someone, free of the responsibilities of every-day life.” Not to mention hair and makeup professionals to keep everyone looking their best throughout the week. Brittany West, who was crowned Miss Wilmington in 2008 and served as part of the Azalea Queen’s Court the same year, tells people how she met her husband, Barclay. “Everyone says that it is the perfect fairytale situation. Some people don’t believe us. ... I don’t even believe it myself some-times,” she says. Barclay was not assigned as Brittany’s cadet during the week, but she still caught his eye. He says, “We arrived and met all of the ladies but were soon rushed off to go to the first event. The girls weren’t allowed to go out, period. They were locked down tight! WBM FILE PHOTO


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