20For those who want to help celebrate Father’s Day at another level, look no further than The Dragon’s Lair. The local comic bookstore wants to highlight dads and celebrate them and their families.

“We’re going to have local artists, we’re going to have live entertainment and, of course, we’re going to have sales on comics and stuff that we have in the store,” Beatrice Jackson, the store manager, told Up & Coming Weekly. “We’ll have raffles, and there’s a Cool Dad T-shirt contest. So, there’s going to be quite a bit going on.”

The sales include 15% off bags, boards and the Spider-Man and Batman walls. Back issues will be buy-two-get-one-free, while kids’ comics will be buy-one-get-one-free.

There will also be grab bags, specifically for fathers who come to the event. Inside those bags will be free comics and items from the vendors at the event.

There will be live music throughout the event. Jammin' Jon Kiebon will kick off at 11:15 a.m. Richard Dixon Peacock takes the stage at 12:15 p.m. Mike Pennino will begin a performance at 1:15 p.m. The Kevin Regan Band will take over at 2:15 p.m. Finally, Fear State will close out the festival with its debut performance starting at 3:15 p.m.

In addition to the fun, the comic bookstore will be collecting donations for the Karen Chandler Trust, a local nonprofit. The Karen Chandler Trust helps support local cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. That support ranges from helping with car rides to treatments and doctor’s appointments to paying off utility bills, car payments, mortgages and rents. All proceeds from vendor fees will go toward the nonprofit.

“We kind of want to bring dads together on the day before Father’s Day and just have a really awesome time, but also raise money for the Karen Chandler Trust, which is a local organization that helps local cancer patients.

So, we’ll have a good time while also raising money for a really great cause,” Jackson said.

But of course, dads will still be the number one focus for the event. The Dragon’s Lair plans to do a “Best Dad Award” where people can submit nominations ahead of the event. Those details on how to submit have not been made public yet but will be available on the Dragon’s Lair Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Dragonslairfayetteville.

Dragon’s Lair Comics has been a part of the Fayetteville community for over 40 years and has often given back to local nonprofits and causes at many of their events.

The Father's Day Fest will take place on June 18, beginning at 10 a.m. and will end around 5 p.m. The comic bookstore is located at 6243 Yadkin Road.

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