Spring Garden Fair | Cherokee, NC

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Spring Garden Fair

Friday, April 20 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The annual Spring Garden Fair is a great way to get your garden growing with helpful tips and instruction! Attendees can expect vendors, demonstrations, classes, educational materials, door prizes, and much more. Classes will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You can also purchase seeds, plants, flowers, seedlings, yard art, etc., so come one, come all, and let’s grow together! Admission is free.


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Jody Bradley Lipscomb
Phone: 828.736.3798
Email:


Introduction to Cherokee Spirituality Retreat/Seminar

Tuesday, March 19 from 9:00 am to Sunday, March 24 at 6:00 pm

This five-day event will offer participants the opportunity to study the spirituality of the Cherokee people with Native American presenters. The myths, ceremonies, history, art, and food will slowly reveal the depth of Cherokee spiritual growth. The times of prayer and theological reflection will integrate the learning with the participants’ own life experiences. 

Online registration is available at http://www.ccappal.org until Feb. 15, 2019. The event fees are $200.00 for commuters, $400.00 for shared rooms, and $600.00 for a private room. Cost includes five-night lodging for out of town participants, all activities, and some meals. Daily activity times vary with most occuring between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 30 to Sunday, March 31

For 2019, Cherokee's fishing season “opening day” will be March 30, and we are offering you 20,000 reasons to get excited about it. Our Opening Day Fishing Tournament requires just an $11 entry fee to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish. You’ll be competing in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 


Young Children’s Fair

Thursday, April 18 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Parents and children are welcome to come and enjoy fun, food, and family-friendly activities. Admission is free to the public.


Cruise the Smokies Spring Rod Run

Friday, April 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a vintage car show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the event. 


Cruise the Smokies Spring Rod Run

Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a vintage car show at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds featuring hundreds of restored and enhanced vintage cars. Chat with their owners to get each car’s unique history, enjoy pristine paint jobs, and have your fill of polished chrome. This show will have food, memorabilia, and automobile parts vendors and will be hosted with music by a professional DJ for lots of old-fashioned fun. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the event. 


Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, May 26

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for $10,000 in tagged fish within the beautiful freestone streams of Cherokee, NC; only the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters are excluded. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register for this tournament anywhere fishing permits are sold in and around Cherokee or online at FishCherokee.com. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 


The 16th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Thursday, May 30 from 9:00 am to Saturday, June 1 at 5:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


The 16th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering

Sunday, June 2 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Cherokee Gourd Artists’ Gathering presents the opportunity for gourd artists from across the United States and Canada to meet for one weekend a year to exchange ideas and collaborate on gourd art. Classes provided at this event include wood burning, carving, painting and sculpting, and range from beginner to advanced levels. Other activities include silent auction, live auction, and raffles throughout the event. The Gourd Artists’ Gathering is free to the public. Class sizes and fees vary; classes often fill up quickly.

Come on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to see our wonderful displays of finished gourds for raffle, auction, and theme contest. On Sunday, there will still be plenty of opportunities to shop, but our large displays will be dismantled as the display gourds will have been given to the various activity winners.


Cherokee Summer Carnival

Thursday, June 6 from 5:00 pm to Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 pm

The Cherokee Summer Carnival presents family-friendly fun with a variety of vendors, food, games, karaoke, and literally dozens of carnival rides. The gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The carnival is a summer celebration you won't want to miss. Entrance is free to the public.

Ride ticket prices: 
$20 - Unlimited rides
$3–$5 - Individually purchased rides
$1–$3 - Games


22nd Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The voices of an 11,000-year-old culture are inviting you to come out and play. Cherokee culture speaks in its most thrilling ways through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. You’re invited to hear and experience it all during the Cherokee Voices Festival, now in its 21st year. It’s free of charge and held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum.

There are continuous activities throughout the event, but here are a few exciting times to remember:

11 a.m. – Blowgun Contest
12 p.m. – Traditional Meal (for purchase)
3 p.m. – Warriors of AniKituhwa performance 


The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 13

In honor of Tim Hill, a longtime employee at our very own trout hatchery who sadly passed away far too soon, we’re inviting you to fish and compete in this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. You’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters), which will be stocked with tagged fish. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Friday, September 6 to Saturday, September 7

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). For those unfamiliar with tagged tourneys, you’ll discover the waters stocked with fish tagged with different colors. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register to anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start a one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. 


Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K

Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 am to 11:30 am

The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon is back! Join us for the return of this great fall race in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. This event is famous for its generous swag package, picturesque courses, local culture, and amazing post-race meals.

Half Marathon Entry Fees:
TDB

5K Entry Fees:
TDB

Entertainment and Event Schedule
Friday, September 13
​4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     Packet Pickup/Late Registration at the Cherokee Fairgrounds

Saturday, September 14
6:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.     Packet Pickup/Late Registration at the Cherokee Fairgrounds
7:45 a.m.     Assemble for Start of Half Marathon  
8:00 a.m.    Half Marathon Start
8:05 a.m.    Assemble for Start of 5K
8:15 a.m.     5K Start 


Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, November 3

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $250 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers a payout* totaling $10,000 for the top teams. To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event at River's Edge Outfitter. Additional event details will be discussed on November 1 at 7 p.m. during the opening meeting. Open to all ages. 

*Payout subject to change.


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