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Friday, August 06, 2021 (2 events)

Oconaluftee Islands Park Closed for Trout Derby Setup

Monday, August 2 from 8:00 am to Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 pm

Notice to all visitors: Oconaluftee Islands Park will be closed starting Monday, August 2, 2021 at 8 a.m. until Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 2 p.m. so the event staff can setup for the Trout Derby. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby

Friday, August 6 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Introduce your kids to a love of fishing at this free two-day event. On Friday, dive into excitement at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds for registration, games, and entertainment. On Saturday, we will give out free fishing poles for eligible participants (children ages 3 to 11). Arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park on Saturday, for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Entry is free (provided you register) and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded this weekend!

Pre-register online at and print registration details. You will need to bring your registration with you to the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds along with the child you pre-registered, on Friday, August 6, 2021 from 10am – 6pm or Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 6am – 10am. If you do not pre-register, you can register your child in person. Please note, your child must be present with you in order to register them – there will be no exceptions. 

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