While COVID-19 continues to hamper celebrations and events, the 82nd Azalea Festival will carry on — with some changes.
“The book sale at the library was cancelled, the quilt show is cancelled for now, the flower show is cancelled...the plant sale is cancelled...the art show was cancelled also,” said Amber Nalls as she went over the tentative event schedule at an Azalea Festival meeting on Thursday.
However, the fair will regain some normalcy, as it returns to Memorial Day weekend — unlike last year when it was pushed to July because of COVID. Additionally, the parade is on, as well as the park program, shrimp feed and Elks Lodge barbeque. Some new events will be happening this year also, like a Saturday concert and Curry County Cruisers Show and Shine, both at Azalea Park.
During the meeting, a hot topic emerged; how to slow down the parade.
“Last year, we had a lot of runners,” said Nalls. “When you have gaps, you have to fill those gaps, so how those gaps happen is if a float stops and does a performance, it rubber bands the whole parade… I don’t know if there is a way we can fix it, we work on this every year.”
Nalls said they will try to limit float performances this year to keep the parade gap-free.