On March 15th, 1963, Hampton Roads readers were first introduced to the young lady who would be crowned the 10th Azalea Queen. Her name was Verita Korth, the 17 year old daughter of Navy Secretary Fred Korth.
A diplomatic reception was held at the Shoreham Hotel sponsored by a number of political heavyweights such as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson, US. Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark, Rep. Porter Hardey Jr., and Norfolk Mayor Roy B. Martin Jr. The reception was a chance for the future Azalea Queen to meet her escort and the 14 girls who would represent their countries (the member nations of NATO) in the Azalea Festival Court.