First Zoo City StrEAT Fest set for Asheboro

ASHEBORO – This weekend’s inaugural Zoo City StrEAT Fest in downtown Asheboro is a celebration of several ventures.

Addie Corder, executive director of Downtown Asheboro Inc., said it’s a chance to recognize North Carolina Zoo’s 50th anniversary along with outdoor activities.

There will be outdoor dining, a pop-up farmers’ market and themes associated with Earth Day.

“We’ve been able to have so many activities associated with this,” Corder said of StrEAT Fest, which runs from 5-8 p.m. Saturday.

North Carolina Zoo will provide education and interactive activities connected to conservation and wildlife.

Corder said it’s a truly family-oriented event with many activities geared toward youth. Free activities will include face paint, sidewalk chalk and an interactive soil and water mobile classroom.

In honor of Earth Day, there will be tree sampling giveaways.

Corder compared the Zoo City StrEAT Fest to Christmas Downtown, just with a different emphasis.

Partnering with North Carolina Zoo has provided a wider range of activities.

For the event, Sunset Avenue will be closed from Fayetteville Street to Church Street. A portion of North Street will also be closed. Parking will be available downtown including in Bicentennial Park, the city hall municipal lot, the Farmers Market Lot, the Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot, and various other side street parking.

By Bob Sutton