Kananesgi Pottery Festival | Cherokee, NC

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Kananesgi Pottery Festival

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

For the third year, the Kananesgi Pottery Festival will assemble Cherokee potters for a day of demonstration, sales, and storytelling. Potters will participate in public roundtable events to discuss their favorite pots and who influenced them as potters. Cherokee historian Dr. Barbara Duncan will walk participants through the evolution of Cherokee pottery, and Cherokee storyteller Jarrett Wildcatt will entertain the audience with some tales. The North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) will sell traditional Indian dinners.

New this year is the addition of 2D art, and photographers and painters will join Cherokee potters at the event. Also selling and demonstrating, these Cherokee artists will convey Cherokee through their eyes.

Interactive activities include pottery make-and-take, easy painting classes, and a photo booth. All activities are free to the public.

Event Schedule
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Marketplace
10 a.m. - Welcome and Storytelling
11 a.m. - Pit Firing and “The History of Pottery” with Dr. Duncan
12 p.m. - Storytelling and Hands-On Painting
1 p.m. - Panel Discussion: My Favorite Pottery Piece
2 p.m. - Storytelling by Jarrett Wildcatt and Hands-On Painting
3 p.m. - Panel Discussion: Who Influenced You As a Potter
3:30 p.m. - Storytelling by Jarrett Wildcatt and Hands-On Painting
4 p.m. - Event Ends


Location:

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: 800.438.1601


Strawberry Festival

Saturday, May 23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Strawberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, strawberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. 

Entertainment/Event Schedule:
9 a.m.
Opening ceremony
Concession stand opens
Strawberry Legends: adult and youth

10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Children’s strawberry themed table activities

11 a.m.
Children's activities and Miss Strawberry Shortcake

1 p.m.
Concession stand closes

2 p.m.
Adult and youth contests
Prizes awarded     

4 p.m.
End of festival                  


Cherokee’s Memorial Day Trout Tournament

Saturday, May 23 to Sunday, May 24

Spend the long weekend with the boys: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown. Your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit 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 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 517 Sequoyah Trail off 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 by Friday, May 22, 2020. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day. 


The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

Saturday, July 11 to Sunday, July 12

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. 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 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 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 517 Sequoyah Trail off Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at FishCherokee.com by Friday, July 10, 2020. 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

Saturday, September 5 to Sunday, September 6

It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. Your $15 entry fee and $17 two-day fishing permit 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).

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. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold or at FishCherokee.com by Friday, September 4, 2020. 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 day. 


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