Festival sponsor Belk, Inc. will bring musical artists to the 2016 Azalea Festival

Rice among Azalea Festival entertainers

WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Azalea Festival is excited to announce that Belk, Inc. is sponsoring the Festival’s 2016 Belk Main Stage and renewing its partnership as the 2016 Presenting Sponsor.

“Our partnership with Belk in 2015 greatly enhanced the Festival guest experience,” said Robby Collins, president of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. “Belk shared with us its Southern Musician Showcase winners, which provided entertainment at the Festival Parade, the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party, the Belk Street Fair Stage, and the After Garden Get Down at Bluewater. Additionally, the partnership brought us in-store and on-site promotions for our community, as well as an incredible Belk Lounge at our Street Fair. We cannot wait to see what new Festival enhancements this expanded partnership with Belk will bring to Festival attendees at the Belk Main Stage and throughout the Festival.” “Belk is honored to be back at the Azalea Festival as the title sponsor of one of the South’s most beloved celebrations and to have our Southern musicians on the Belk Main Stage,” said Jon Pollack, Belk executive vice president of marketing, sales promotion and eCommerce. “We know the important role community festivals play in the south, and the Azalea Festival is a respected tradition in North Carolina.”

The Belk Main Stage will be the site for headlining entertainment musical artists for the 2016 North Carolina Azalea Festival Presented by Belk. Past entertainers have included Alan Jackson, Nelly, Widespread Panic, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Randy Houser. This year’s lineup includes North Carolina’s own The Avett Brothers, scheduled to play Thursday, April 7.

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is pleased to announce the second concert act on the Belk Main Stage will be Chase Rice with opening act Kane Brown, playing Saturday, April 9. “The Azalea Festival is excited to have Chase Rice join our lineup on the 2016 Belk Main Stage. National recording artist Chase Rice has his roots firmly established in North Carolina. Rice played football at UNC Chapel Hill before working on the pit crew for a North Carolina based NASCAR team. He even gives a shout out to Wrightsville Beach in his 2015 hit song ‘Carolina Can’,” said Robby Collins, president of the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Tickets will be available to the Chase Rice show with opener Kane Brown at the Belk Main Stage. Showtime is 7 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event. No ticket refunds will be granted. Tickets to the show are on sale online through the North Carolina Azalea Festival website at www.ncazaleafestival.org. Tickets are on sale in the North Carolina Azalea Festival Ticket Office which is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B-7, Wilmington.

Rice among Azalea Festival entertainers
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