107th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair | Cherokee, NC

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107th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

Tuesday, October 8 from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

It’s over a century old. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There’s food, music, and rides. It's pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.

Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you’ll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. In fact, you’re going to find ample amounts of all sorts of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. 

General admission is $10 per person at the ticket booth (gate), Tuesday through Saturday. Children ages 6 to 10 are $5 per person. Youth under 6 years old will be admitted for free. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and other federally recognized tribes will receive free admission with their enrollment card.

Celebrate a different emphasis each day you attend.*

Tuesday: Parade Day (gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.)

Wednesday: Children’s Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and from noon until closing, youth 17 years old and younger are admitted for free and will get a wristband to enjoy complimentary rides)

Thursday: Elder’s Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Elder’s ages 59 and a half are admitted for free)

Friday: Veterans' Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Veterans' are admitted for free)

Saturday: Community Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and will feature a variety of traditional competitions for the communities to compete against one another for a chance to win cash prizes)

*Schedule is subject to change.


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center
Phone: 800.438.1601
Email:


The Cherokee Fly-Fishing Championship Series.

Saturday, February 22 to Sunday, February 23

Four tournaments. Four chances to turn passion into profession.

Cherokee is hosting its first-ever fly-fishing tournament series, with competition that’s not only strong—it's limited to just 40 anglers. Dubbed the Cherokee Fly-Fishing Championship Series, it consists of four two-day tournaments culminating in a championship finale in 2020. You’ll be fishing various locations across the coveted Tribal Enterprise Waters, competing within the 2.2 miles set aside for trophy fly-fishing.

Anglers will be trying to land not just the biggest trout, but cash prizes, fishing gear, and an annual EBCI fishing permit (one per tournament). The top 24 advance to the championship finale in April 2020 for a chance to win $3,000.

Registration is required and limited to the first 40 anglers. Special EBCI fly-fishing permits (valued at $25 each) will be provided by Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management. Daily Tribal fishing permits are required, and will be available for purchase. The daily cost is $10 for everyone 12 and older. Fishing permits are available throughout Cherokee, NC and can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. Anglers of all ages and styles are welcome. EBCI fishing laws apply.

Hours:
Tribal Enterprise Waters are open to fishing from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day.

Admission: 
$75 registration fee, plus a $10 daily fishing permit.

Prize redemption:
Redeem your prizes at Rivers Edge Outfitters at 61 Big Cove Road, Cherokee NC.


March Madness Shopping

Thursday, March 5 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

A Day Devoted to the Most Skilled Shoppers.

We’ve gathered 25 retail vendors to compete for your eye (and your purse or wallet) with their very best handcrafted jewelry, cookware, clothes, books, purses, sweets, skin products, and so much more. You’ll find name brands such as Mary Kay, 31, Paparazzi, Pampered Chef, and an assortment of local Cherokee crafters. To nab the best stuff, you’ll have to be light on your feet, bring a shrewd eye, and sharpen all your skills for sniffing out a deal or a great value. And to ensure you keep your energy up during all that shopping, we’ll have local food vendors available in Concession. Free to the public.

So join us, and may the best shopper win!

Interested in becoming a vendor?
Vendors may reserve two tables for $25. Simply call 828.508.2211 for more information.


The Cherokee Fly-Fishing Championship Series.

Saturday, March 7 to Sunday, March 8

Four tournaments. Four chances to turn passion into profession.

Cherokee is hosting its first-ever fly-fishing tournament series, with competition that’s not only strong—it's limited to just 40 anglers. Dubbed the Cherokee Fly-Fishing Championship Series, it consists of four two-day tournaments culminating in a championship finale in 2020. You’ll be fishing various locations across the coveted Tribal Enterprise Waters, competing within the 2.2 miles set aside for trophy fly-fishing.

Anglers will be trying to land not just the biggest trout, but cash prizes, fishing gear, and an annual EBCI fishing permit (one per tournament). The top 24 advance to the championship finale in April 2020 for a chance to win $3,000.

Registration is required and limited to the first 40 anglers. Special EBCI fly-fishing permits (valued at $25 each) will be provided by Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management. Daily Tribal fishing permits are required, and will be available for purchase. The daily cost is $10 for everyone 12 and older. Fishing permits are available throughout Cherokee, NC and can be purchased online at FishCherokee.com. Anglers of all ages and styles are welcome. EBCI fishing laws apply.

Hours:
Tribal Enterprise Waters are open to fishing from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day.

Admission: 
$75 registration fee, plus a $10 daily fishing permit.

Prize redemption:
Redeem your prizes at Rivers Edge Outfitters at 61 Big Cove Road, Cherokee NC.


Hope for Cherokee Evangelistic Meet

Wednesday, March 25 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Join us in fellowship and celebration.

This free event takes place over four evenings and includes prayer, community, and rejoicing led by evangelist Randy Bane. Each evening will begin with an opening prayer, followed by powerful gospel singing. The evening concludes with Randy sharing the word of God, in the company of local Cherokee people and fellow believers. This event is free for all who wish to attend.

We hope you’ll attend in mutual fellowship and enjoy the celebration with us!

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:

6:30 p.m.:  Opening with a word of prayer
                     Gospel singing
                     Preaching


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