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Saturday, July 21, 2018 (3 events)

Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 21 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire series runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 25–October 27, 2018.

Expanded schedule for the 4th of July celebrations from July 1–7, 2018.

There will be no Bonfire Series events in September.


Cherokee’s First Annual Tractor Pull

Saturday, July 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of family-friendly entertainment as competitors of all ages take part in Cherokee’s first tractor pull. This is a quarter-scale tractor pull, where you will see everything from stock, stock altered, and modified (motorcycle engine) tractors.

Admission for adults is $7 per person at the gate. Admission for children over 4 years old is $5. Children 4 years old and under will be admitted free.

In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2018 1–5 p.m.

Tractor Pull Classes 
Kids’ turf tire: 950 lb. both rounds
Bone Stock: 14 HP Max – 23″ turf tire; 950 lb. both rounds
Bone Stock: 14 HP Max – 23″ bar tire; 950 lb. both rounds
Semi Stock: 1050 lb. both rounds
Limited V Twin: 1050 lb. 1st round; 1150 lb. 2nd round
Open Stock Turf Tire: 950 lb. both rounds
Open Stock Bar Tire: 950 lb. both rounds
Super Stock (30 Cubic inch): 950 lb. 1st round; 1000 lb. 2nd round
Stock Appearing: 1050 lb. both rounds
Stock Altered: 1050 lb. both rounds
V-Twin Pro Stock: 1050 lb. 1st round; 1150 lb. 2nd round
Modified 600 – 899cc: 1150 lb. 1st round; 1250 lb. 2nd round
Modified 900 – 1200cc: 1150 lb. 1st round; 1250 lb. 2nd round
Pro/Super/Twin
2300cc Modified
Pro Stock NQS
16HP Stock Pro Tire: 900 lb. 1st round; 1000 lb. 2nd round
Mini Rod
* Every class has 2 rounds*


Music on the River

Saturday, July 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Enjoy free, open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Entertainment Schedule:
May 25: AM Superstars (Alternative)
May 26: Trippin' Hardie (‘60s to present)
June 1: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 2: Al Lossiah Band
June 8: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 9: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 15: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
June 16: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
June 22: AM Superstars (Alternative)
June 23: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
June 29: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
June 30: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 6: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 7: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 13: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
July 14: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
July 20: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
July 21: AM Superstars (Alternative)
July 27: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
July 28: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)
August 3: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 4: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 10: The Will Hayes Band (Classic Country/Rock)
August 11: AM Superstars (Alternative)
August 17: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
August 18: Second Time Around Band (‘60s–‘80s)
August 24: Stereospread (Indie Tronica)
August 25: A36 Band (Classic Rock/New Age)
August 31: Robert Wolfe and The Renegades
September 1: Professor Whizzpop (Family Magic Show)


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