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The 2020 Azalea Court members are (clockwise from top) Cartyr Fitzhugh, Alonna Nalls, Kasilyn Ulery, Kaylee Cover, Brooke Firestone.

Plans for the 81st Azalea Festival are continuing as the City of Brookings evaluates state requirements for events related to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend, this year’s festival is set for July 17, 18 and 19.

The long time event celebrates the beauty of the Southern Oregon coast and has been awarded the “The Oregon Heritage Tradition” award.

This year’s event will include the Azalea Festival Parade, City Center Street Fair vendors, Azalea Park family fun events, live music, Chamber Shrimp Feed, Elks deep pit BBQ, a Sunday morning outside community church service, Coastal Home Health & Hospice rummage sale and a softball tournament.

Parade and vendor applications and other information is available online at https://www. brookings.or.us/342/Azalea-Festival.

Pageant

The 2020 Azalea Festival Pageant will be held Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Brookings Elks Lodge. Tickets will be sold in advance by the Azalea Court this year due to the restrictions due to COVID.

This year’s Azalea Court members are Alonna Nails, Brooke Firestone, Cartyr Fitzhugh, Kasilyn Ulery and Kaylee Cover.

Four of the five members of the Azalea Court will compete in multiple categories that evening. (Cartyr Fitzhugh is unable to compete due to the date change). Categories are Interview, Casual Wear, Talent and Evening Gown. Contestants also will be judged on an essay to determine their commitment to their community.

The court will earn scholarships determined on their placement and the sponsor availability. Each princess will be awarded at least a $500 scholarship.

Azalea Alonna Nalls

Will attend Lane Community College. She plans to run track for them and get

her nursing degree. She is the daughter of Amber and Lonnie Nalls. Her talent is dance.

Azalea Brooke Firestone

Will attend SWOCC on an Art Scholarship. She plans to transfer to the University of Oregon after two years. She is the daughter of Piper Griffin, Jimmy Griffin and Marvin Firestone. Her talent is vocal.

Azalea Cartyr Fitzhugh

Will attend Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University; her

goal is to become a Veterinarian. Unfortunately, due to the change in dates due to COVID, she will be unable to compete but is still very much part of the Azalea Festival Court.

Azalea Kasilyn Ulery

Will work as a classroom assistant at Head Start and is taking child education classes through SWOCC. Her parents and grandparents are Amy Maynes, Joye Kerr and Tom Kerr. Her talent is dance and cheer.

Azalea Kaylee Cover

Will attend University of Oregon as a Political Science Major. Her parents are Sherry Guthrie and Toby Cover. Her talent is speed painting.

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