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Bele Chere Set for July 27-29.
Asheville's fun-filled downtown festival, will celebrate it's 22th
anniversary July 27-29, and organizers are determined to make this year's
event the best ever.
When the festival was established in 1979, it covered a couple city blocks
and attracted less that 1O,000 people. Since then, the festival has become
the largest, free, outdoor street festival in the Southeast, with activities
spread over most of the downtown area, and attendance estimated at 365,000
people last year.
Entertainment, as always, will feature something for every musical taste:
country and bluegrass, rock and blues, acoustic, big band, and an assortment
of folk music and musicians from around the globe. Classical and modern
dance troupes as well as traditional high-stepping clog and smooth dance
teams will perform throughout the weekend.
As in past years, festivalgoers will have a wide selection of food to
choose from, ranging from ethnic to traditional: Greek, Asian, Turkish,
African, Scottish, and Middle East dishes, plus mountain barbecue, funnel
cakes, cotton candy, ice-cream, and a wide assortment of beverages.
Asheville restaurants and caterers will be represented, offering tastes of
their more popular fare.
Some of the finest artisans from throughout the Southeast will display and
sell fine hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, original art, furniture,
clothing, and objets d'art.
Other activities include the annual Bele Chere 5K Road Race and Fun Run,
Bele Chere Mile, bed race, waiters' relay race, and the popular half-court
basketball shot for a chance to win a brand new vehicle, For children, raft
rides will be available in the Pack Square fountain, and McDonald's Funland
will offer a variety of activities for youngsters, including rides, games,
jewelry making, and painting.
For additional information about Bele Chere, contact the City of Asheville's
Festivals Office at (704) 259-5800. Or visit our web site at www.belechere.com.