Bele Chere is a huge event, with many different aspects. Xpress staff will be out in force, but we also want to open the floor to perspectives and stories from around the community.
To that end, we'll have live comments coming in from Twitter to our website. Anyone tweeting about the festival just needs to put the hashtag #belechere in their messages. We'll see it, and our moderators will put informative, witty, funny and newsworthy tweets up on our main page.
Not on Twitter yet? It's a fun tool and perfect for sending out your quick thoughts and observations about the festival. You can create an account here and here's a handy guide for using it well. It can be used from your computer or your cell phone, making it ideal for reporting from the midst of the festival.
And if Twitter's not your thing, we also invite you to send your photographs and videos directly to news [at] mountainx.com or send us the links if you've chosen to put them somewhere else on the Web (like flickr or YouTube).
And we'll buy you a beer.
We mean that. Show up at Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and you'll get a chance to introduce yourself in person, meet your fellow Bele Chere observers and drink a delicious beverage as Xpress' way of saying thanks.
Here's how you can earn a beer:
* If you're using Twitter, get five tweets on the #belechere feed on our website over the course of the festival. Make 'em good, on-topic and fun — and our moderators will feed them into the ongoing coverage.
* If you send in a photo or video and we use it in our coverage.
* Do either, we get you a beer on Sunday.
If you have any questions, contact me at dforbes [at] mountainx.com or via my own Twitter account.
— David Forbes, senior reporter