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Bearfootin' Bears make their 2020 debut in livestreamed show

Lew Holloway narrated sketches of 20 new Bearfootin' Bears while Meredith Friedheim handled the video duties. Lew Holloway narrated sketches of 20 new Bearfootin' Bears while Meredith Friedheim handled the video duties.

The Bearfootin' Bears class of 2020 made their debut virtually on Friday with a Facebook Live presentation hosted by downtown development director Lew Holloway.


A score of bears — on all fours, on their hind legs or mama bear with cub — will be anchored into place next week. They celebrate everything from bees to adoptable dogs to apples to the Hendersonville High School's Lady Bearcats soccer team, which like all prep sports teams had their season truncated by the coronavirus.

The Bearfootin' Art Walk & Auction takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Center for Art and Entertainment at 125 S. Main St. The Bears raised more than $57,400 for local charities in 2019. Sponsors are the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville, the city of Hendersonville and North Main Automotive.

Here are this year's Bearfootin' Bears, sponsors, artists, charity they support and location on Main Street:

1: PeaBear. Sponsor, Pamela J. Whitney and John T. Ward. Artist: Pam Whitney and John Ward. To Benefit: Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western North Carolina. Fourth Avenue East.

2: Buzz, The Pollinator Bear. Sponsor: Stan and Jill Turner. Artist: Tom Turner. To Benefit: Stand T.A.L.L. Third Avenue East.

3: FEZZY- the Oasis Shrine Bear. Sponsor: Hendersonville Shrine Club. Artist: Kevin Burnzart.
To Benefit: Shriners Hospital For Children. Second Avenue East.

4. Dog Days. Sponsor: In Loving Memory of Annie Lucas. Artist: Steve Lucas and Patricia Whitton. To Benefit: The Storehouse. Sixth Avenue East.

5: Together as One. Sponsor: Friends of Trueridge Artist: Career Academy Art To Benefit: Trueridge. First Avenue East.

6: Chance. Sponsor: Charlotte Sheppard, REALTOR, Keller Williams Mountain Partners. Artist: Abigail Ghrist. To Benefit: Blue Ridge Humane Society. First Avenue West.

7: For the Love of Dog. Sponsor: Hendersonville Kennel Club. Artist: Terri Everwine. To Benefit: Hendersonville Police
Department Canine Fund and Warrior Canine Connection. Third Avenue West.

8: The Faces of Rescue. Sponsor: Gizmo & Lola, Gaffney Consulting, and Looking Glass Realty. Artist: Carol Clay
To Benefit: Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue. Third Avenue East.

9: Honey Bears. Sponsor: The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville. Artist: Sandee Setliff. To Benefit: The Friends of
Downtown Hendersonville. Sixth Avenue West.

10: The Age of Abearius. Sponsor: Friends of Henderson County Habitat for Humanity. Artist: Heidi Mayfield
To Benefit: Henderson County Habitat for Humanity. Fourth Avenue West.

11: Apples a Plenty. Sponsor: United Community Bank. Artist: Teresa Duncan. To Benefit: Interfaith Assistance
Ministry. Second Avenue West.

12: Riley. Sponsor: 100 Block North Main Street Merchants. Artist: Patricia Worsham. To Benefit: Flat Rock Backpack
Program. Second Avenue East.

13: Thea. Sponsor: BMW of Asheville Artist: Miriam Hughes and Laura Bell. To Benefit: United Way of Henderson County. First Avenue West.

14: Our Four Seasons. First Avenue West. Sponsor: Hendersonville Family YMCA. Artist: Dee Ballenger. To Benefit: Hendersonville Family YMCA. Fifth Avenue East.

15: The Sunflower Bears. Sponsor: Safelight. Artist: Lauren Younis. To Benefit: Safelight. Fifth Avenue West.

16: Lady Bearcat. Sponsor: Lady Bearcat Soccer Parents. Artist: Aubrey Bish. To Benefit: Hendersonville High
School Ladies' Soccer Team. West Allen Street.

17: Bear Appetít. Sponsor: Two Friends of Hendersonville - Walt and Jack. Artist: Patricia Sweet. To Benefit: Interfaith Assistance Ministry. Fourth Avenue West.

18: Good Morning, Glory! Sponsor: Smart Start Partnership for Children. Artist: Diane Dean. To Benefit: Smart Start
Partnership for Children. Fifth Avenue West.

19: Autumn. Sponsor: Coldwell Banker Artist: Rich Prazan. To Benefit: The Housing Assistance Corp. First Avenue East.

20: Exceptional Bear. Sponsor: Civitan Club of Hendersonville. Artist: Cheri Novak, Char Snyder, Jennifer Hajduk Camp
To Benefit: Special Needs Individuals in Hendersonville. Second Avenue West.