Azalea Festival queen arrives today

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This year's Azalea Fest queen, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, arrives in Wilmington today ahead of her coronation Wednesday. Photo courtesy N.C. Azalea Festival.
This year’s Azalea Fest queen, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, arrives in Wilmington today ahead of her coronation Wednesday. Photo courtesy N.C. Azalea Festival.

The proverbial red carpet will be rolled out today to make way for this year’s N.C. Azalea Festival royalty.

This year’s soon-to-be-crowned festival queen, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, arrives in the Port City this afternoon.

Her coronation–featuring the first N.C. Azalea Festival queen, Jacqueline White Anderson–is slated for Wednesday, with a host of appearances, including the festival parade, scheduled throughout the week.

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As part of her reign, Hagan will also visit students and staff at Forest Hills Global Elementary School on Thursday.

Championing the mantra, “Be Kind. Be Courageous. Be You.,” during her reign as Miss America, Hagan has continued to act on that philosophy through her work as an advocate of education in regard to child sexual abuse.

Hagan is actively involved with several national and local organizations, including Safe Horizon and Prevent Child Abuse America, in addition to being a national spokeswoman World Be Free Campaign.

During her time as Miss America, she was named an Influential Woman at the 2013 Forbes Women’s Summit. She has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Wendy Williams” and “Anderson Cooper.”
Hagan is among a long list of celebrities announced last month by festival organizers.