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Bele Chere Parking Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park close to the center of Bele Chere activities and help out Special Olympics at the same time. Park in the Health Center Parking lot at 35 Woodfin Street (outside only), for only $5 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

You can also park at Graybar Electric on Hilliard Street near the Orange Peel for $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County. No parking will be available on Sunday at Graybar.

Hours are:

  • Friday, July 29 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 30 (8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 31 (12:30 – 3 p.m.) Please Note: No parking @ Graybar on Sunday.

For more information, contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4260 or email her at [email protected].

City’s Capital Program Makes Asheville Civic Center More Sustainable

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – A leaky Asheville Civic Center roof will soon be replaced by a better looking and better insulated roof, as the city’s capital improvement program will give the center energy-efficiency investments over the next five years.

The $1.5 million dollar-roof project began at the end of September and is scheduled to be completed in early January, with contractors taking breaks for heavy rains and to make way for upcoming entertainment acts, such as the Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam, an annual arena sell out.

“The economic impact the center has on the city of Asheville is significant. Ninety percent of tickets for the Christmas Jam will be purchased from outside of North Carolina,” said interim Civic Center Director Dan Dover. “This past year alone we had more than a quarter of a million attendees, and that figure is on the low side considering the constant exchange of people we have for events such as Bele Chere.”

The center is the largest facility in Western North Carolina with the 7,200-person capacity Arena, the 2,431-person capacity Thomas Wolf Auditorium, the 450-person capacity Banquet Hall and 25,000 square-feet Exhibit Hall.

“The roof project is one of the largest capital investments the facility has seen since 1975 when the civic center was built and the auditorium remodeled,” said Dover, who has worked for the Civic Center for nearly 11 years.

Thus far, workers have removed most of the old roof and put down a temporary one so the upper concrete columns can be power washed and cracks sealed against further weather damage. After the structural repairs are made, insulation will be laid that is nearly double the previous amount, and the new roof will be installed over it. The fading brown cornish trim on the roof will also be removed and replaced.

These new improvements will remove mold growth, increase the facility’s energy efficiency and allow staff to remove the tarps that have been hanging from the arena ceiling and catching drips for the past three years.

In addition to the roof project, $250,000 in capital funds budgeted for the Civic Center this year will be spread out over various projects according to the most pressing facility needs. Other smaller capital projects recently completed include an upgraded fire alarm system and new smoke hatches in the stage area of the auditorium. The portable-basketball court flooring is currently being refinished and painted so it is ready for the annual Globetrotter visit and the Crossfire Ministries.

The arena is also getting an upgraded electrical system to meet the changing requirements for incoming acts. The installment of three 400-amp three-phase 208 disc connects for additional electrical power will be necessary to accommodate Disney on Ice’s Thanksgiving week show, where they will need the power to run their ice plant.

“The city is investing resources to address deferred maintenance and improve the facility so that the condition of the building matches the quality of the entertainment it attracts,” said Asheville’s Vice Mayor Jan Davis, who serves as the City Council liaison to the Civic Center Commission. “We want to enhance the patrons’ experience at the Civic Center while managing its operations within our financial means.”

While the roof replacement is the facility’s largest immediate project, the Civic Center has mapped out a five-year capital plan to help sustain the quality of services it has been offering. Meeting basic codes, improving energy efficiencies, and improving sound and lighting to meet the changing needs of entertainment acts are all part of this plan.

Once the roof is complete, work will begin on the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium fire exit, to improve egress from the building. The stage lighting controls and fixtures with 1970’s technology also need to be replaced with more efficient ones that will have an anticipated two to three year payback on energy savings.

While the Asheville Civic Center is continually making improvements, it is still very much in high demand, turning down as many acts as it books because dates requested are already booked. It offers a special service to the Asheville area, bringing groups from the community together and groups from outside the area in, positively impacting the economy of the area.

The Asheville Civic Center is a regional destination for outstanding entertainment, trade shows and events. The Civic Center offers Western North Carolina diverse entertainment from rock concerts and sporting events to family shows and performing arts. The facility is the heart of downtown Asheville’s arts and entertainment scene. For more information on facilities and events, please visit www.AshevilleCivicCenter.com

Get Bele Chere Text Updates

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE, NC – Get the latest in Bele Chere information right to your phone! Opt in to receive Bele Chere Text Alerts, sponsored by U.S Cellular.

Just text “ALERT” to 99693 today!

Although No Pets Allowed, Bele Chere Offers Pet-Sitting Service

Friday, July 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – It is important to note that dogs and animals are not permitted with the Bele Chere festival boundaries. This rule will be strictly enforced. Please make arrangements to leave pets at home or to drop them off at the Chain Free Asheville Doggy Jail where they will have a cool and relaxing stay while you stroll around the festival.

Bele Chere is partnering with local non profit, Chain Free Asheville, to provide a dog sitting service for a nominal fee during the festival hours. The “Doggy Jail” will be located between City Hall and the Court House at 70 Court Plaza, right outside of the festival footprint.

Bele Chere Street Map Available Online

Friday, July 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Although the actual Bele Chere footprint has been a little scaled back this year, the amount of fun and festivities remains the same. New to Bele Chere this year will be the participation of the Asheville Civic Center which will host the Food Lion Children’s Area and the Senior Oasis.

You can view and print this map by clicking here, BELE CHERE STREET MAP

‘Ultimate Air Dogs’ Soar into Bele Chere

Friday, July 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – One of the premier dock jumping organizations in the country, ULTIMATE AIR DOGS puts on professional events that draw in thousands of spectators while maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. The shows will take place during the Bele Chere Festival next to the BB&T Building on the corner of College St. and Lexington Ave.

‘Ultimate Air Dogs’ started as a grassroots Michigan dock jumping club, striving to make every single participant feel important, from the smallest Novice jumper to the biggest Ultimate high flyer! That is why the Divisional Finals was created where the top 5 dogs from each division are invited to compete in a Grand Finale! Another way that we put the dog first, is by providing more open dock time than any other organization. Whenever possible participants will be able to practice. If dogs are having difficulty learning, a crew of volunteers will often provide free help between activities. Every Ultimate Air Dog is equally special. All mixes and breeds are welcome!

Dog Registration for this year’s event is closed but you can still come down and witness the action at the following times;


Splash Event – 1pm

Event – 4pm


Splash Event – 12pm

Splash Event – 2pm

Catch It! – 5pm


Splash Event – 12pm

FINALS – 3pm

Bele Chere Offers Park-and-Ride Shuttles

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville will provide continuous express shuttle service and free parking for Bele Chere, July 24 – 26.

To use these services, attendees should park at one of two designated locations and look for the Bele Chere booth selling shuttle tickets. The shuttle will transport people downtown, relieving the hassles associated with finding parking and dealing with traffic.

The cost for the shuttle is $2 round trip.

Park-and-ride locations include:

West Asheville Shuttle: K-Mart on Patton Avenue

Parking location: Use the K-Mart parking area, northeast corner of Patton Avenue (US-19/US-23/US-74) and Louisiana Avenue.

– Downtown pick-up/drop-off location: At the Civic Center, the corner of Haywood Street and Flint Street.

East Asheville Shuttle: Asheville Mall, Sears Department Store

– Parking location: Use the Asheville Mall parking area in the back near the Sears Department Store near White Pine Drive.

– Downtown pick-up/drop-off location: At the corner of Market Street and College Street in City/County Plaza.

The shuttles will run Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., and; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information, contact 253-5691 or visit http://www.belecherefestival.com/.

‘Bele Chere Party All Weekend’ at the Venue

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Get out of the Heat on the Streets and cool off in The Venue, Asheville’s newest full service event facility. Drinks and food will be for sale and the sounds of the Caribbean Cowboys will be playing all weekend long.

A new Event Facility located in the center of downtown Asheville, the Venue offers a specious floor plan of 13,000 + sq feet, with three unique sections. Each section has private entrances – The Market Street level, the Mezzanine and The Second floor with a beautiful balcony area overlooking the mountains of Asheville.

“The Venue” offers a variety of services, from rental of china, in-house floral designers to catering services. However, the client has the flexibility to select vendors of their choice.

Whether “The Venue” is needed for a Ceremony, a Reception, a Conference or a Private Celebration, the Venue is committed to orchestrate the function with finesse, attention to detail, and excellence in service.

The times for the Bele Chere Party are as follows;

Friday 5:00 PM-till

Saturday 11:00 AM-till

Sunday Noon-till

Bele Chere 5k Run Kicks-off on July 25th

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The crown jewel of the Western North Carolina road racing scene will be back back for its 30th consecutive running on July 25 this year. The Bele Chere 5K is hosted by the Asheville Track Club and presented by Southcliff. Once again the race will be headquartered at historic McCormick Field. The course represents what running in Asheville is all about: a few moderate climbs, a few fast downhills and friendly people to cheer you on at the race. The race will finish two blocks from the stadium so it is just a short walk for post-race refreshments – courtesy of Citi Stop and Dunkin Donuts – the finish of the Asheville Tourists Fun Run and the awards ceremony.

Face fees are $25 for entries received after July 18 and on the day of the race. Asheville Track Club members receive a $3 discount for the 5K.

The fee for the Fun Run is $7 for everyone.

$2 from each 5K entry will be donated equally to the Asheville Track Club’s shoe program and the Association for Retarded Citizens.

Registration can be done on-line at www.setupevents.com until Wednesday, July 24th at 10 p.m. or by completing the paper entry form.

Military units, middle and high school teams, youth camps and youth running clubs may register for $15 each if 5 or more runners register from a single organization. Individual entries must be submitted together in a single envelope by July 19 to receive the discount.

On-line registration is not available for group entries.

Bele Chere’s Children’s Area Moves Locations

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Food Lion Children’s Area will be located in the Civic Center this year. The Civic
Center Arena floor will be transformed into downtown Asheville! This exciting location change allows us to run the children’s area no matter what the weather forecast calls
for. We will still be offering a mix of free crafts and activities as well as ticketed rides. Programming of the children’s area is still in the works- please check the bele chere website often for updates.

Bele Chere offers a Non profit Children’s Partner program to Western Carolina non profit 501-C3 agencies. In exchange for running an activity in the Children’s Area, organizations are given the opportunity to distribute information about the mission of the organization.

Please click here for an application and more information regarding this opportunity.