The snow may be flying, but Bele Chere, Asheville’s centerpiece street festival, is a measly six months away.
Last month, Bele Chere organizers announced that entertainer applications for the 2008 festival are posted online. Would-be performers must complete one and have it postmarked by Friday, Jan. 25, to be considered for the event.
Bele Chere is produced by the city of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department and the Bele Chere Board of Directors. The festival, which turns 30 this year, serves as a showcase for local, regional and national talent on six stages over the weekend of July 25-27. Past festivals have attracted as many as 300,000 attendees, many of them with a hankering for funnel cakes. Bele Chere hires more than 80 entertainers, from bands to street performers.
Think you’ve got the chops? For more information and an application, call Asheville Parks and Recreation at 259-5800 or visit the festival Web site.
— Kent Priestley, staff writer