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2025 Rhododendron Queens Crowned

The annual Rhododendron Festival in June brought the spirit of summer alive with its vibrant colors, rich traditions, and a sense of community that has been cherished for generations. This year's festival was marked the crowning of new queens, a highlight that encapsulates the essence of local pride and celebration, the largest street dance in the area, and amazing craft vendors. 


Image courtesy of NC Rhododendron Fest

The Rhododendron Festival is a highlight of the summer season in Bakersville, drawing crowds eager to experience the stunning floral displays and partake in a range of festive activities. The star of the show, of course, is the rhododendron, a native flower known for its large, colorful blooms. During the two day event, locals and tourists can experience a craft fair, pageant, hikes to the Rhododendron Gardens, and one of the largest street dances in the area. Pictured above you will see the 2025 reining Rhododendron Queens, Allison Fairchild (left) and Andi Creech (right).  


Image courtesy of Karlee Sanderford

The Rhododendron Festival is more than just an event; it’s a celebration of community, tradition, and the stunning natural beauty of the region. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, the festival offers something for everyone, creating lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the charms of a small town. As the festival comes to a close every year, the vibrant blooms and joyous celebrations leave a lasting impression, reminding us all of the enduring beauty and spirit of this special place. We hope to see you at the 2025 festival June 20-21. 

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