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Did the Azalea Festival ever hire an Elvis impersonator to entertain?

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Local Elvis Impersonator Terry  Horton on the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death. StarNews file photo

Local Elvis Impersonator Terry Horton around the time of the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death. StarNews file photo

“Not to my knowledge,” said Terry Horton, longtime volunteer and president of the N.C. Azalea Festival in 1977.

Horton should know, since he’s donned the wig and the Suit of Lights to portray the King at local events for years.

Horton did play Elvis Presley once during the 1992 Azalea Festival, at a staff-and-volunteers party honoring Festival president and longtime secretary Beverly Jurgenson — but not publicly.

(Note: Jurgenson, who was human relations director of the StarNews for 28 years, was the first woman to be president of the N.C. Azalea Festival at Wilmington. The festival set up a scholarship in her memory.)


How does the N.C. Azalea Festival get great acts like Kellie Pickler or Sugarland to come to a smaller city like Wilmington?

How many N.C. Azalea Festival queens were black?

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