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Whats Happening: April 2-5


It is the weekend of all weekends. The 62nd Annual Azalea Festival is here. The fun gets underway Friday morning with the Azalea Garden Tour Ribbon Cutting and Azalea Queen’s Garden Party. It begins at 10:00 a.m. on 1110 Windsor Drive in Forest Hills. The Garden Tour runs until Sunday. Tickets are 20 dollars.

The Big Top is back. Do not miss the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars. The circus runs until Sunday afternoon. Tickets are 20 dollars for adults, 15 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the circus box office.

Do not forget about the street fair in downtown Wilmington. It gets underway Friday night and runs until Sunday. Christian concerts will also take place during it.

A highlight of the festival is the parade Saturday morning. It starts at 9:00 a.m., but with thousands of people searching for the perfect spot, you might want to head downtown a little earlier. WWAY will also air the parade live on our television station.

The 2009 Historic Home Tour is also this weekend. You get to take a self-guided tour of various homes in Wilmington. Tickets are 25 dollars each. It runs from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Here is a quick rundown of some other azalea events:

A juried art show runs all weekend at St. James Perry Hall. Admission is free.
A free variety show at Legion Stadium runs from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
A horse show runs from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Shingleton Farms (904 Saps Road.) Admission is five dollars. On Sunday, it’s from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

As for non-Azalea events, a Pender County Sheriff’s deputy has a debilitating illness. To help raise money for Deputy Richard King, the community is holding a benefit Friday at the Burgaw Depot. Chicken plates are being sold for 6 dollars each. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, the Kiwanis Club of Hampstead is holding its Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kiwanis Park. It begins at 10:00 a.m. It is for children in fifth grade and under. The park is on Sloop Point Loop Road in Hampstead.

A charity concert, Live for Life, will take place at Ogden Park Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Money raised will help bring a terminally ill child from Africa to Chapel Hill for treatment. Tickets are fifteen dollars in advance or 18 at the door. The Group Rehab, as well as other bands will perform.

On Sunday, it is a free family Eggstravaganza. Pack up the kids and head to Halyburton Park for egg hunts, a bunny hop dance contest and face painting. It runs from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoThis weekend the Azalea Festival is not the only thing that will keep you busy. If you have young ones, they will enjoy hunting for Easter eggs. Plus, a Pender County Sheriff’s deputy could use your help.

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