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Blueberry Festival

Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Cherokee Blueberry Festival: A day devoted to the fresh and the delicious.


The blueberry is certainly having a moment. Not only is it full of Vitamin C and rich in antioxidants, but it happens to be delicious in just about every way it's served. So grab your fellow blueberry lovers and enjoy the freshest you can find in Cherokee, NC. You can also fill up on baked goods, treat your youngest blueberry fans to special activities, participate in the day’s culinary competitions, and enjoy plenty of family entertainment. Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA). This event is free to the public.


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Carmaleta Monteith
Phone: 828.497.2717
Email:


ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:

9 a.m.:            Concession stand and vendors open
                         Blueberry pancake breakfast
                         Huckleberry/blueberry-inspired dishes submitted for judging
                         Huckleberry/blueberry nutritional and cultural values materials 

10 a.m.:           Children’s activities (indoor) until 2 p.m.

11 a.m.:            Community entertainment

1 p.m.:              Judging for youth and adult categories:
                          Huckleberry/blueberry (must include recipes)

2 p.m.:             Prizes awarded for the best huckleberry/blueberry dishes

Cherokee Bonfire

Wednesday, June 1 from 7:00 pm to Monday, October 31 at 9:00 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 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 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

May 28-30 and then Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, June 1–October 31, 2022.


“Unto These Hills”

Monday, June 27 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bring a blanket and an appetite for heart-pounding drama.

You can feel a slight chill run up your spine; but not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk. It is from your anticipation of the coming drama. Unto These Hills drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day. Millions of people have witnessed America’s most powerful drama, which rewrites the Cherokee’s place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.


Cherokee Bonfire

Monday, June 27 from 7:00 pm to Saturday, November 26 at 9:00 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 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 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

May 28-30 and then Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, June 1–October 31, 2022.


“Unto These Hills”

Tuesday, June 28 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bring a blanket and an appetite for heart-pounding drama.

You can feel a slight chill run up your spine; but not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk. It is from your anticipation of the coming drama. Unto These Hills drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day. Millions of people have witnessed America’s most powerful drama, which rewrites the Cherokee’s place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.


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