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Things to do on a weekend - Football! Football! Football!

This weeks marks the official start of the football season. All three area high schools have home games Friday night. Saturday the always formidable Appalachian State football team invites fans to meet the players and hang with coaches during the annual Fan Fest.

football graphicFirst the preps. The first Friday night of football in the High Country has Watauga High, Ashe County High and Avery County High schools all playing before home crowds. All three schools play in different conferences, though the Watauga Pioneers have rivalries with the other two. The Pioneers will travel to face the Ashe County Huskies in week 2, then take a trip against the Avery Vikings in week 3.

Appalachian State doesn't begin its season until September 3 when it travels to Virginia Tech. Afterwards the Mountaineers, who won three straight NCAA D1 titles from 2005-07, will have a rare three-game homestand through the rest of the month.

To give fans a taste of the season to come, Appalachian holds an annual Fan Fest. It includes something from everyone, from the pigskin crazed dad to short-attention spanned kids. This year there's also a concert.

ASU’s annual football Fan Fest, which this year will include a concert by country music star Corey Smith, takes place Saturday, August 20, at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The schedule will differ slightly from past years.

The gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and ASU’s intrasquad scrimmage will kick off at 4:30 p.m. As always, the ASU Marching Band will perform its game day hits while the Mountaineers hold their final full-team scrimmage prior to the September 3 season opener at Virginia Tech.

Immediately following the scrimmage, the traditional family-friendly Fan Fest activities will take place on the brand new KBS turf. As always, Mountaineer players and coaches will sign autographs and take pictures with fans during this time. Players will also lead on-field football drills, ASU cheerleaders will paint “game faces” and inflatable rides will be available for young fans to enjoy.

At 8:30 p.m., Smith will take the stage at The Rock.

But first, welcome back High Country High School football! Can't wait for some more thrilling plays!