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Miss America 2008 crowned 2014 Azalea Festival Queen

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Former Miss America Kirsten Haglund was crowned Queen Azalea on Wednesday. Former Miss America Kirsten Haglund was crowned Queen Azalea on Wednesday.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Former Miss America Kirsten Haglund was crowned Queen Azalea on Wednesday.

Haglund was crowned by Hugh MacRae II a little after 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Wilmington Convention Center.

County and city officials, celebrities, Azalea Belles and festival attendees were all present during the coronation. 

Haglund, who was named Miss America in 2008, said she is honored to be the 67th Azalea Queen.

"It's so special, truly this is an experience that I'll never forget. This town is incredible. I love being in Wilmington,"Haglund explained. "The festival is going to be amazing, so there's so many things I'm looking forward to."

Haglund also said that she enjoys seeing the rich cultural tradition and history of the Azalea Festival.  

"You don't see that many places and so to be a part of that  some place like here where people still get dressed up, and pour into this tradition is really neat," Haglund said.

The Queen's Coronation is the official start to the Azalea Festival. The rest of the week will include concerts, celebrity appearances, a parade and a street fair.

Many roads will be closed for the festival. You can see a complete list of the closures at http://buff.ly/1g9bDdE.

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