Azalea parade winners

Remax Coast & Country of Brookings won the Grand Marshal’s Award for best overall float in the 81st Azalea Festival parade held July 18

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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.

The Azalea Festival is looking for sponsors, vendors, volunteers and grand marshall nominations. If you are interested, please visit or The theme for this year’s festival is “Hometown Pride.”


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The Count of Curry Commerce

Sounds like playing not to lose instead of playing to win.

At this rate it'd be a miracle if the little girls running Curry County stopped cow towing to Kate Brown and her henchmen from Salem, making kids needlessly afraid, and all but telling perfectly healthy people to be afraid of a boogeyman that poses zero threat to them.

As usual, the rednecks are going to have to save Curry, one way or the other.

Secession is looking more and more likely.

Sooner the better...


“Curry Redneck”......Ignorant,ill-informed,low information,and stupid!!

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