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NC Mountain State Fair Sept 5-14 with Discount Tickets Now

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The N.C. Mountain State Fair will return to the Western N.C. Agricultural Center for another run of family fun Sept. 5-14, and advance tickets are now available.

“There’s no time like fair time, and with savings of $2 on admission tickets and 50 percent on ride tickets, there is no time like right now to buy advance tickets,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan.

Advance tickets are available through Sept. 4 at the WNC Agricultural Center, WNC Farmers Market and area Ingles stores. Advance tickets are not available online this year; however, additional Ingles ticket locations have been added in the mountains and upstate South Carolina.

Advance tickets are $6 for adults 13-64, and $2 for children 6-12 and seniors ages 65 and older. Groups with 30 or more people can purchase advance tickets for $5 per person. Ride tickets are available in advance for $7.50 for a sheet of 12 tickets. Family Fun Packs are also available for $35. The cost includes five admission tickets, tickets for four rides and food coupons for a selection of fair vendors.

“With more than 100 acts performing throughout the fair, we’re one of the best entertainment values in the area,” Buchanan said. “Buying in advance or as a group makes it even more affordable.”

This year’s entertainment lineup will feature a mix of new attractions and traditional favorites. Stilt Puppets, a roaming band of acrobatic stilt walkers, will make its fair debut. Other new acts include illusionists Josh Knotts and Lea, dog stunt show K9s in Flight, and naturalist Carlton Burke. Sea Lion Splash, which debuted in 2013, will return for another year of playful antics.

In addition, there will be live music on the Heritage Stage, racing pigs at the Hogway Speedway, newborn calves in the Mooternity Ward, and other fan favorites during the fair’s 10-day run. More information is available at www.mountainfair.org or by calling 828-687-1414.

Volunteers Needed for 2012 Bele Chere Festival

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville invites the community to “Chere the Fun” by volunteering for the 2012 Bele Chere Festival Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.  Now in its 34th year, Bele Chere is a celebration of the region’s art, music, and culture in downtown Asheville. The festivities are supported by scores of volunteers who contribute their time and talents to make the Bele Chere Festival successful.

Available volunteer opportunities include working in the children’s area, staffing information booths, assisting visitors in the Senior Oasis, and more.  Volunteers who work at least one 3.5 hour shift will receive a free Bele Chere t-shirt and snacks during their shift.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Additional volunteer information and an interest form are available on the official Bele Chere website at www.belecherefestival.com or by calling (828) 259-5800.

Bele Chere is produced by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in conjunction with the Bele Chere Board of Directors and is the largest free street festival in the Southeast.  It is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and Budweiser of Asheville.  For more information, visit www.belecherefestival.com or call (828) 259-5800.

Premiums Offered for a Song in N.C. Mountain State Fair Gospel Singing Competitions

Monday, August 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The N.C. Mountain State Fair is looking for talented junior, youth and gospel groups from North Carolina to participate in the fair’s gospel-singing competitions, to be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. on the Heritage Stage. More than $2,000 in premiums will be awarded during the event.

Western North Carolina is full of strong vocalists,” said Matt Buchanan, N.C. Mountain State Fair manager. “The gospel competitions offer a great opportunity for these singers to share their talents with fairgoers on stage.”

Premiums will be awarded to the top three winners in each class: junior solo, for ages 6-10; youth solo, for ages 11-16; adult solo, for performers over the age of 16; youth group, consisting of members between the ages of 6 and 16; and adult group, consisting of members over the age of 16. First place in each solo class wins $150, second receives $100 and third earns $50. First place in each group division takes home $300, second wins $200 and third receives $100. Choirs participating in the group competition can have no more than eight performers.

Singers will be given 10 minutes to perform two songs, and performances will be judged on appearance, presentation and quality, originality and professionalism. A professional sound system will be provided.

Entry forms for the competitions are due Aug. 26. Forms are available on the N.C. Mountain State Fair website at www.mountainfair.org or in the premium book. Copies of the premium book can be picked up at the Western N.C. Ag Center or the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair will be held Sept. 9-18 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. A complete fair schedule is available online at www.mountainfair.org. Questions may be directed to (828) 687-1414.