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14 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 CAPE FEAR LIVING boasts a historic riverfront downtown. Home to Hammocks Beach State Park and its proximity to the Croatan National Forest make it a favorite of outdoor devotees. It's always hoppin' in the Cape Fear region, so bring your dancing shoes, your appetite and the whole family to one of the many festivals for which the region is known. Every April, the Azalea Festival holds events throughout the region and features numerous parties, concerts, a street fair and even a coronation of a queen. Country singers take the stage one night, and hip-hop artists or Southern rock heroes the next. Gardeners can't wait for the home garden tour so they can steal ideas for their own backyard and admire the Azalea Belles in their antebellum-era dresses. Taking advantage of the ever-present beach breeze is the Cape Fear Kite Festival, held every November on Kure Beach. This fun-fly event (no competition or rules) features ginormous kites that delight both young and old. It's all about the competition at the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament. Now in its 45th year, the event is held in late spring on Wrightsville Beach. With over 30 teams competing, the event draws world- class fishermen vying for generous prizes as well as spectators hoping to share in a big fish story. Heading to the other end of the region takes us to the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival held annually in August. Live music and rides keep you busy all day before the Shrimparoo dinner where over 2,000 pounds of locally-caught shrimp are served. For those who prefer meat, there's plenty of good homegrown barbeque. Burgaw is bursting with blueberries in June at the North Carolina Blueberry Festival. There's a street fair, the tour de blueberry bike ride, a car show, blueberry pancake breakfast and recipe contest (last year's winner-Blazin' Blue Soda!). No matter what you tap your toes to, you're sure to find a music festival you like in the Cape Fear region. Held in October, the Pleasure Island Seafood and Blues Festival combines local seafood favorites with blues and jazz musicians jammin' all day and well into the night. It's shagging on the beach at the Carolina Beach Music Festival held every June. Film takes center stage at the Cucalorus Festival held each November at various venues in downtown Wilmington. MovieMaker Magazine recognizes it as "One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World." Recent years have seen the festival expand beyond film to include stage and workshops for entrepreneurs geared towards promoting social justice and change. The Jewish Film Festival, now in its fifth year, highlights films from all over the world and is held every spring in magnificent Thalian Hall, one of the oldest theaters in the United States. []

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