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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wednesday, the 66th Annual Azalea Festival Queen was crowned. This year's queen is Jennifer Wayne.
Wayne is the granddaughter of actor John Wayne, and is working on becoming a star herself.
She has appeared on The Amazing Race and lives in Nashville, where she is in a country music band.
Wayne says she tries to live up to the example her grandfather set.
"All I can say is, I hope he is proud of me," she said. "I try to live my life with dignity. I think that's what he did."
She says even through she hasn't been in Wilmington long, she already loves the Port City.
"I've just fallen in love with the south, and I love the people here and I love the tradition of it all...that's what makes it so special," said Wayne.
One thing will be different this year -- the concerts, which include Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Avett Brothers, will take place outside at Cape Fear Community College.
The concerts are happening, rain or shine. However, officials say that if the weather becomes a safety issue, they will be cancel the shows, and no refunds will be available.
The concerts are standing room only; no umbrellas or personal chairs will be allowed inside. Ponchos and collapsible chair will be available to buy inside the gates.
Officials say they moved the concert so that more people could go and so the tickets would be cheaper.
"We'll be able to bring in vendors, drink vendors and food vendors so that will be new," said Robby Collins. "The atmosphere will be awesome because of how many people we can have inside this new venue."
With the new venue, some new roads will be blocked off.
Charles Taylor, who lives at the Sawmill Pointe Marina, says he found out Tuesday night the road to his home will be blocked off.
After calling event officials to explain the situation, he says they promised to give him and his neighbors passes to get through the barricade. However, Taylor says it's still an inconvenience -- he has family coming into town and they won't have passes.
"My question is, when were you going to tell us?" questioned Taylor. "When we were leaving work and tried to turn and are told he you can't go down that street?"
He says he was at least glad he called, and tracked passes down for himself and those who live nearby.
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