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WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Azalea Festival is bringing back the popular Shag Contest for the 70th North Carolina Azalea Festival.

Known as the “Dance of the South” by many, its popularity stretches beyond the bounds of the U.S. and onto the seas. Shag cruises fill up as lovers of the dance seek vacations full of Shag opportunities they are passionate about. This contest brings “shaggin'” back to the banks of the Cape Fear.

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The Riverwalk Shag Contest kicks off on Saturday, April 8, at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.  The contest continues on Sunday, April 9 and ends at 5 p.m. That’s when the top three winners in each category announced. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The festival is seeking 12 amateur, adult couples (17 and over) and 12 amateur junior couples (under 17). Registrations will be taken up to April 8. Prior to April 1, entry is $30. After April 1, the fee is $35.

For contest rules, go to Look under “Events,” then “Family Friendly Events” and finally “Music Lover Events.”  Shaggers may not have placed first, second, or third in a sanctioned CSA or SPA contest.

Fred Rouse will be the DJ for the contest. Shag demonstrations, line dancing, raffle items, merchandise sales, vendors and open dancing will also take place during this two-day event.

The 2017 National Shag Dance Champions, Lizzie and Jackson Batten from North Myrtle Beach (Junior I and Junior II Divisions) will perform a shag demonstration on Sunday.

About the North Carolina Azalea Festival
Since its inception in 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people and generates more than $51 million for the local economy. The Festival showcases our community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture through recreational, educational and family-oriented events.

For more information on the upcoming 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, visit or contact Executive Director Alison Baringer at or (910) 216-9400.

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