The Ballantyne Breakfast Club, along with the Morrison YMCA and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, will host a community festival in Ballantyne in late October.
Ray Eschert, president of the Ballantyne Breakfast Club, said the festival will be similar to the Matthews Alive! Festival held over Labor Day weekend.
"It will center around the community, like the Matthews festival, but without the carnival rides," he said.
The festival is in the early planning stages.
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Although few details have been finalized, the festival will be held at the Morrison YMCA and feature music, dancing and activities for children and young adults.
The festival will also feature a Candidates Forum and Chili Cook-off, a staple event for the area for the past two years.
During the event, local political candidates will be able to speak with voters. The chili cook-off involves the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Fire departments, and other organizations, in a chili competition judged by attendees.
Eschert said the idea for a community festival began last year after the cook-off.
"It was such a successful event and brought hundreds of people to the area," he said. "I began talking with some people in the area of having a bigger event to bring all parts of the community together."
He said that for the past few years, different organizations have proposed a festival but getting it off the ground was difficult. Eschert said he believes the collaboration of the chamber and the YMCA will help create a successful event.
"I think once it gets started, we can look forward to it growing into something unique for the community," he said.
Eschert said he'd like for the festival to have an arts theme and involve local high schools in a Broadway musical review that would be performed in the auditorium of the Morrison YMCA.
Kit Rea, the South West Zone superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, said she supports the idea.
"I think it would be a great way to bring together the local schools and showcase the students' talent," she said.