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Blooming buds create concerns for NC Azalea Festival organizers

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The warm weather is causing azaleas to bloom earlier than organizers of the North Carolina Azalea Festival would like. The warm weather is causing azaleas to bloom earlier than organizers of the North Carolina Azalea Festival would like.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Recent warm weather is causing azaleas to bloom earlier than organizers of the North Carolina Azalea Festival would like.

Organizers worry the beautiful blooms are going to be gone by the event, which is scheduled for April 11-15.

That's because azaleas only stay in bloom for a few weeks.

At Greenfield Lake Park, park officials say 90 percent of the plants are already flowering.

Festival President Chuck Kay said if the flower is finished by Azalea Festival, they may have to transport some of the plants to town for the festivities.

"We don't have any control over the weather but we have been hoping for a cold snap but obviously that's not going to happen," said Kay. "I think the flowers are going to bloom and we are just going to have to work around that. We'll have flowers if we have to go and bring them in."

Meantime, Kay said tickets to the Azalea Festival's headlining event are nearly sold out.

If  you want to see Scotty McCreery, there are some more family-friendly prices.

Kay said the festival released some "limited viewing" balcony seats, that are in the $30 price range.

Last month, the festival fielded complaints from some in the community, saying the ticket prices were too high.

Kay explained that due to the seating at Trask coliseum, there are only about 4,000 available seats, and the festival has to sell enough tickets to pay the artist, cover production costs and rent out the facility.

Tickets are also still available for the Thursday night show featuring Kenny Loggins.

Kay expects that show to sell out as well.

To buy tickets to either show, follow this link: http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/page.asp?q=tickets

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