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One Tree Hill actress Barbara Alyn Woods will reign as Queen Azalea 2008.
The N.C. Azalea Festival committee made the announcement Thursday, adding that several of Woods’ co-stars will join the festivities as well.
Woods appeared regularly on the Wilmington-made teen drama for four seasons as Deb Scott, the mother of character Nathan Scott, played by James Lafferty.
Though she has yet to appear in any episodes of the show’s current season (its fifth), Woods has made Wilmington her home and enjoys being a full-time mom to three daughters.
Woods appeared as a celebrity guest at the festival in 2005 but was not able to attend all the events. This year’s festival, which runs April 9-13 in Wilmington, is all in her honor.
“We chose her because One Tree Hill has certainly done a great job highlighting our community. And we’re proud to have a beautiful actress who’s not only played on One Tree Hill but has ties to the local community as well,” said Erica Mearns, the festival’s vice president.
Woods, a Chicago native, began her career as a Miss Teen Pageant winner, going on to appear in several commercials and in regular performances at The Victory Gardens Theatre.
She moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, eventually starring in the TV version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and landing several guest starring roles. Her feature film credits include Frankie Starlight, The Waterdance, Striptease and Flesh and Bone.
Joining her as celebrity guests will be her co-stars Lee Norris (who plays Mouth McFadden on the show), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer) and Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott).
If you think that’s a lot of One Tree Hill for one festival, Mearns says it’s appropriate.
“It just really goes back to One Tree Hill has just done such a great job … promoting Wilmington and the surrounding area,” she said. “It’s a wonderful show and it has great popularity and we just thought it was fitting.”
Other celebrity guests include Entertainment Tonight weekend anchor and correspondent Kevin Frazier and Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley.
Surrounding the stars during the festival will be other North Carolina personalities. This year’s Queen’s Court members are Miss Central Carolina RaSheeda Waddell, Miss Cabarrus County Amanda Sowards, Miss Garner Amanda Watson, Miss Forsyth County Erica Dellinger, Miss Mount Holly Katherine Southard and Miss Mecklenburg County Meaghan Perrigo.
Also, New Hanover High School senior Joshlynn Starling was crowned the 2008 North Carolina Azalea Festival Princess March 1 after competing against 23 other New Hanover County seniors.
During the parade, the queen takes the honorary final position. But it’s the Grand Marshal’s job to lead the procession. U.S. Navy Captain Mark Davis will fill the position this year. Davis is commanding officer of the new nuclear fast attack submarine North Carolina, which will be commissioned here May 3.
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