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Bele Chere begins Friday afternoon

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Vendors and guests at Bele Chere festival in downtown Asheville. (File/FOX Carolina) Vendors and guests at Bele Chere festival in downtown Asheville. (File/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The largest free outdoor street festival in the southeast begins Friday at noon in downtown Asheville. It's known as Bele Chere.

Bele Chere means "beautiful living" and comes from an ancient Scottish dialect.

About 200,000 people are expected to visit downtown for the annual three-day festival that features live music, arts, crafts vendors and food.

The festival goes from noon until 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Organizers said parking will be limited in downtown, and they're advising festival-goers to take shuttles from the K-Mart on Patton Avenue and the Sears Department Store at Asheville Mall.

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