Local business owners see record weekend during Azalea Festival
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The 75th annual Azalea Festival kicked off in Wilmington this weekend, drawing thousands to the area to join in the festivities.
Between the parade, the concerts and the street fair, there was a little something for everyone.
Local business owners say it hasn’t disappointed them.
“We were slammed, busy, non-stop lines,” said D&J Concessions employee Miranda Savage.
From food to homemade gift items, most businesses say they’ve had record-breaking weekends.
“We couldn’t even see through our row, it was just awesome.” said Seth Towle, owner of Kool Fun Concessions. “People came out and they were just sharing the love.”
Seth Towle has been a vendor at the Azalea Festival for years, but the pandemic has severely hurt his business, like most others.
“The pandemic being what it was, and us not being able to go out and sell our wares,” Towle said. “It’s great when people come out like they did this weekend and support us.”
The festival returned to normal capacity for the first time since the pandemic.
Vendors say they are happy to see a return to normality in the festival, as this is how most make a living.
“It’s good to see everyone again,” Savage said. “Not masked and forced to stay away from each other. Just seeing everyone back to some sort of normality and being able to see everyone enjoying the festivities.
As the festival ended on Sunday, vendors hope their livelihoods will only increase.
“We like to have fun at festivals,” Towle said. “And the longer we get out of the pandemic and start living our lives again, the better off we’ll be.”
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