Cherokee's Cultural Eclipse Celebration | Cherokee, NC

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Cherokee's Cultural Eclipse Celebration

Sunday, August 20 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Look! Up in the sky! It’s…a giant frog swallowing the sun?


Amateur astronomers and educators alike have been getting ready (and excited!) for the “Great American Eclipse” happening Monday, August 21. This is a total solar eclipse, which happens when the moon completely blocks the sun’s light, casting an enormous shadow over the Earth. For those who really want to be precise, “totality,” or the total eclipse, begins at 2:35:41 p.m. (EDT) on August 21. An astronomical event of the rarest kind, a total solar eclipse that’s only viewable in the U.S. hasn’t taken place since 1776! That’s why Cherokee is having a two-day celebration in honor of this heavenly event, August 20–21.

When an eclipse happened during the times of the ancient Cherokees, they believed a giant frog that lived in the sky had swallowed the sun (or moon, if it was a lunar eclipse), causing darkness to occur during the daytime. The Cherokees and other tribes would gather and fire guns, beat drums, and generally make noise so as to frighten the great frog away, making the sun shine brightly again.

To commemorate the Eclipse's cultural significance, this two-day event will include the Warriors of AniKituhwa, Native American performances, storytelling, food vendors, and more. Since an eclipse should never be viewed without protective eyewear, certified solar eclipse glasses will be available for $5 at the event and are included with your admission.

Admission: 

Click here to order your admission ticket now! 

$25 each day for ages 6 yrs. and older (includes a free pair of certified eclipse glasses). Children 5 & under are free and they will get a pair of certified eclipse glasses as well. Souvenirs and additional purchases for custom certified eclipse glasses will be available during the event. Glasses are available at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds gate, Cherokee Welcome Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. There will also be a special commemorative t-shirt available for $20.

Please bring your own folding chair and enjoy seating in the open area at the Fairgrounds where you can enjoy the festivities and the Eclipse event. You may want to bring your own drum if you would like to participate in “chasing away the frog” during the period of totality.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, August 20, 2017
2:00 p.m.    Presentation of Colors
2:05 p.m.    National Anthem
2:10 p.m.    Welcome
2:15 p.m.     Cherokee Warriors
2:45 p.m.    Story Telling
3:30 p.m.    The Toppers
4:30 p.m.    Youth Stickball
5:45 p.m.    Teen Stickball
7:00 p.m.    Jody Medford Band
8:00 p.m.    Bonfire
9:00 p.m.    Gates Close

Monday, August 21, 2017
9:00 a.m.    Gates Open
10:10 a.m.   Presentation of Colors
10:15 a.m.   Cherokee Anthem
10:20 a.m.   Welcoming
10:30 a.m.   AM Superstars
12:00 p.m.   The Toppers
1:30 p.m.     Story Telling
2:10 p.m.     Drumming
2:45 p.m.    Cherokee Warriors
3:15 p.m.    Jody Medford Band
4:35 p.m.    The Toppers
6:00 p.m.   Southern Halo
7:00 p.m.   Gates Close
7:10 p.m.    Bonfire at the Island
9:00 p.m.   Bonfire Ends


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: 800.438.1601
Email:


Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament

Saturday, March 27 to Sunday, March 28

For 2021, Cherokee's fishing season “opening day” will be March 27, and we are offering you 20,000 reasons to get excited about it.

Our Opening Day Fishing Tournament requires a $15 entry fee and a $17 two-day fishing permit 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, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day.

Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or online at FishCherokee.com by Friday, March 26, 2021. 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. 

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.


Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Saturday, May 29 to Sunday, May 30

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. With your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit, you can 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 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 517 Sequoyah Trail off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 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 by Friday, May 28, 2021. 

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.


The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

Saturday, July 24 to Sunday, July 25

Who’s Tim, and why are we honoring him?

As many of you know, this tournament honors Tim Hill, a longtime employee at our very own trout hatchery who sadly passed too soon. Several years ago, Cherokee’s Fisheries & Wildlife Management Division created this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. 

Did we mention the $10,000 purse?

With a registration fee of $15 and a two-day fishing permit for $17, you’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful trout in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters), which will be stocked with tagged fish. When you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at FishCherokee.com by Friday, July 23, 2021. 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. 

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.


The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

Saturday, September 4 to Sunday, September 5

The trout, the purse, and the bragging rights are the biggest of the year.

With your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit, you’ll be competing for your share of $20,000 in the pristine freestone streams of Cherokee (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 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office, 517 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC 28719, which is across the street from Cherokee Welcome Center off Hwy 441. Prize redemption hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at FishCherokee.com by Friday, September 3, 2021. 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. 

Fisheries & Wildlife Management reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or amend any tournament or event due to catastrophes, pandemics, states of emergency, adverse weather, etc.


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