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Father knows best: New Asheville festival celebrating good old dad

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6/15/2012 - Father knows best: New Asheville festival celebrating good old dad
by Asheville Citizen Times

Asheville has long had its share of festivals, from the Greek and Oktoberfest celebrations to craft fairs and music events, but nothing specifically to honor dear old dad.

That changes Saturday with the debut of the new Asheville Father's Day Fest, noon-6 p.m. in the meadow next to Highland Brewing. This family-friendly celebration includes lots of music and entertainment, games, chair massages, face painting and more. And, of course, Pop can get a cold Highland brew.

Honoring fathers on Father's Day weekend seemed like the right thing to do, said festival producer Tim Arem, creator of the Asheville International Children's Festival and the "T-Bone's Radio Active Kids" show carried on the Asheville FM Internet station.

"I saw a need to do something for fathers," he said. "They need to be honored. Culturally, the moms bear the children and take care of the kids for the most part, while dad is off working.

"That has been changing in our economy. I think that with more dads staying home, looking over the kids, that's starting to change. I just wanted to honor the relationship between dads and kids."

Arem picked the Highland Brewing meadow and tasting room because the site has long attracted family visitors.

"We're going to have a man cave where dads can chill out," he said. "We'll have hammocks around the field where dad can kick back. There's a wall where kids can write down some of the favorite things they have done with their dad. We'll have two stages of entertainment, inside and out. Moms are welcome, too."

Performing are Jacob Johnson, Jim Taylor and Friends, Always Saturday, young musicians from the Rock Academy, David Novak and Tennessee Hollow.

Come hungry, because the Father's Day Fest includes barbecue demonstrations and a chili cook-off, and more catered food for sale.

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