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Events for October
Oconaluftee Indian Village
Date(s): Apr 12, 2016
When: 10a-4p
Where: Oconaluftee Indian Village Drama Rd

The Oconaluftee Indian Village is a replica of an 18th-century eastern Cherokee community located in Cherokee, North Carolina, USA. The Cherokee "living museum" is operated by the Cherokee Historical Association.

Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): May 27, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
When: various check description
Where: Oconaluftee Island Park adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market (At the intersection of HWY 441 &

Spend an evening with the Cherokee People by a roaring fire! Listen as Cherokee storytellers (in period dress from the 17th century) spin tales of days gone by. There will be myths & mysteries passed down through the ages & talk of history of the greatest native nation in the southeast. Experience the dance & storytelling. Your Cherokee hosts will provide light refreshments (marshmallows for roasting & drinks). Sit by the fire near the Oconaluftee riverside & enjoy a unique & entertaining experience. 

Date:                                                           Hours:

  • May 27 – October 1, 2016 only on Friday & Saturdays          7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • June 27 – July 2 Every Evening                                           7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Cherokee story telling & dance

Admission/Ticket Price:

FREE ADMISSION!

Locations with exact address:

Oconaluftee Island Park adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market

(At the intersection of HWY 441 & HWY 19, Cherokee, NC 28719)

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Frieda Huskey, Events & Fairgrounds Supervisor

Lisa Frady, Events & Group Tour Coordinator

Angela Hernandez, Special Events Assistant

Email @: FrieHusk@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: LisaFrad@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: AngeHern@nc-cherokee.com

Phone @: 828 359.6492

Phone @: 828 359.6471

Phone @: 828 359.6473

Cherokee Welcome Center toll free phone @: 1 800 438.1601 or phone locally @: 828 359.6490 & email @: travel@nc-cherokee.com

Event Supervisor & Fairgrounds staff:

Daniel Tramper phone @: 828.399.0835 email @: dtramper@gmail.com website @: www.deerclan.com

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K
Date(s): Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
When: • Friday 4:00 p.m.-6:00 pm • Saturday 6 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Acquoni Expo Center, 1501 Acquoni Rd. Cherokee NC 28719

4th Annual Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K benefiting the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation & the Half Marathon starts at 8am. 5K starts at 8:15am. There will be a 3 hour time limit.

Date:                                              

Friday September 30, 2016 & Saturday October 1, 2016

Hours:                              

  • Friday 4:00 p.m.-6:00 pm
  • Saturday 6 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

  • Friday, September 30

®       4:00 p.m.-6:00 pm             ∞ Packet Pick Up/Late Registration - Acquoni Events Center

  • Saturday, October 1

®       6:00-7:45 am              ∞  Packet Pick Up/Late Registration - Acquoni Events Center

®       7:45 am                     ∞  Assemble for Start of Half Marathon

®       8:00 am                     ∞  Half Marathon Starts

®       8:05 am                     ∞  Assemble for Start of 5K

®       8:15 am                     ∞  5K Starts

®       9:15 am                     ∞  5K Awards Ceremony

®       10:30 a.m.                  ∞  Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

Admission/Ticket Price:

□ Half Marathon Registration                              □ 5K Registration

®       January 1, 2015-April 30 - $45 Online            ®  January 1, 2015-April 30 - $25 Online

®       May 1-September 30 - $50 Online                  ®  May 1-September 30 - $30 Online

®       October 1 - Race Day - $55                           ®  October 1 - Race Day - $35

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

http://www.cherokeeharvesthalf.com for registration you can also find us on Facebook. Can also contact Greg Duff directly @: 828-400-4868

Locations with exact address:

Acquoni Expo Center, 1501 Acquoni Rd. Cherokee NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Website @: www.cherokeeharvesthalf.com or by Phone: Greg Duff @ 828-400-4868 or Jeremy Hyatt @ 828-736-3839

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Contact:  Greg Duff 828-400-4868 or Jeremy Hyatt 828-736-3839

Indian Fair Parade 2016
Date(s): Oct 04, 2016
When: Parade begins @ 4:00 p.m.
Where: Starts @ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, 777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, Cherokee, N.C. 28719 & ends @ t

An hour long parade from the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino to the Museum of the Cherokee Indians. Parade includes Bands, pageant contestants, community floats, royalty, & many more parade entries that make for a fun & festive event to kick off the 104th Cherokee Indian Fair. The parade starts at 4 pm so get there early to get a good spot-& don’t forget the lawn chairs! There will be candy thrown into the crowds, so have your bags and outdoor chairs ready! Must come 1 hour – 30 minutes before the parade starts. There will be no parking 15 minutes prior or during the parade, due to the roads being closed off to the public until the parade concludes.

Date:                                              

October 4, 2016

Hours:                              

Parade begins @ 4:00 p.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

Band, pageant contestants, royalty, community floats, & much more!

Admission/Ticket Price:

FREE! Open to the public!

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

FREE! Open to the public!

Locations with exact address:

Starts @ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, 777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, Cherokee, N.C. 28719 & ends @ the Museum of the Cherokee Indians, 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, N.C. 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Cherokee Welcome Center toll free phone @: 1 800 438.1601 or phone locally @: 828 359.6490 & email @: travel@nc-cherokee.com

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

Contact:  Josie Long @: 828 359-6491 or (work cell) @: 828 269-8221

104th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair
Date(s): Oct 04, 2016 - Oct 08, 2016
When: The gates will open @ 10 a.m.
Where: Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

This event entails a four day fun-filled family oriented experience that includes activities throughout the duration of the fair. The Fair involves traditional stickball games, traditional crafts, food vendors, rides, games, prizes, & much more! Also, there are distinct days that are celebrated throughout the week as well; these days are as follows

®    Tuesday-Parade Day

®    Wednesday-Children’s Day

®    Thursday-Elder’s Day

®    Friday-Veteran’s Day

®    Saturday-Community Day

Each day will be emphasized by category.

Date:                                              

October 4-8, 2016

Hours:                              

The gates will open @ 10 a.m.

Admission/Ticket Price:

General Admission – Tuesday through Saturday Night

Adults $10.00 @ the gate

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and enrolled members of other federally recognized tribes

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

Cherokee Fairgrounds @ the gate.

Locations with exact address:

Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests & Vendors:

Frieda Huskey

Lisa Frady

Angela Hernandez

Email @: FrieHusk@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: LisaFrad@nc-cherokee.com

Email @: AngeHern@nc-cherokee.com

Phone @: 828 359.6492

Phone @: 828 359.6471

Phone @: 828 359.6473

Cherokee Welcome Center toll free phone @: 1 800 438.1601 or phone locally @: 828 359.6490 & email @: travel@nc-cherokee.com

 

KOA Fall Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Oct 08, 2016
When: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: 92 KOA Campground Rd. Cherokee NC 28719

Cast your line for a chance at a big one! Compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes. Cherokee KOA Trout tournaments are held in March, August, & October. Fishing Season is closed in the month of March until the opening day. Purchase of a permit is required to fish in the Cherokee streams or ponds; the cost is $10.00 daily for each person 12 years and older and is available among a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can also be purchased online. 

Date:                                              

October 8, 2016

Hours:                              

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Admission/Ticket Price:

$11.00 for all ages + a $10.00 daily charge of a fishing permit

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

Cherokee KOA Office (Must be staying at the KOA Campground.)

Locations with exact address:

92 KOA Campground Rd. Cherokee NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

 Email @: http://www.koa.com/campgrounds/cherokee/ or Cody Bartmess @ email: jcodybartmess@gmail.com or by phone # @: 828 497-9187

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

David Masarik contact info: 828 497-9187

Harvest Festival
Date(s): Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016
Where: Stecoah Valley Center

Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling.

On Saturday, the Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more. The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm. More info

26th Annual Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival
Date(s): Oct 15, 2016
When: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Bryson City Train Depot

Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Then make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival, now in its 26th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Finally, don't forget to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite and see you there! 800-867-9246 or click here

NOCtoberfest
Date(s): Oct 22, 2016
When: 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City

Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.  Pumpkin Decorating - every child wins a prize. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls in rafts; try to pick up as many pumpkins as you can! Costume contests for kids and couples. Live music at Big Wesser BBQ; bonfire with s'mores included. More info

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016
When: Times Vary
Where: Catch and Release Waters Cherokee

Leeettttttt’s geeeeeeetttttt readdddddy toooo rummmmmbbbbbble. This two-person team fly-fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, NC. A modified FIPS-mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated, meaning only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition, and more.   Prizes:
The EBCI Fisheries and Wildlife Management Program has provided $10,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the 1st place team ($5,000), 2nd place team ($3,000), and 3rd place team ($2,000). Format:
Two-man teams, FIPS-mouche rules. Registration includes:
Opening dinner on Friday evening, competitor swag, lunch on Saturday, and fishing tournament registration. Schedule:
Friday night is registration, draw of the beat assignments, and dinner. Saturday and Sunday are competition days. This tournament is limited to 30 teams, with 15 competing on Saturday morning and 15 on Saturday afternoon. The top seven from each session will move on to Sunday morning. The top seven from Sunday morning’s competition will move on to fish Sunday afternoon for the cash. To register:
 the fee is $225 per team. You may register by mail with a check or in person with cash or check. Make checks payable to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Boulevard PO Box 1838 Cherokee, NC 28719 ALL PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL BY OCTOBER 15, 2016, or you risk the possibility of losing your team’s spot. Volunteers and judges for the tournament are needed. For more information, email amy@cherokeesmokies.com or call 828.788.0034.

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
Date(s): Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016
When: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Catch and Release Cherokee Waters

Win your share of $10,000 in this tagged fly fishing tournament. Also requires a permit and registration fee. A permit is required to fish in the Cherokee streams or ponds the cost is $10.00 for each person 12 years & older & are available among a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can also be purchased online. 

Date:                                              

October 28-29, 2016

Hours:                              

6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Entertainment/Event Schedule:

This trout fishing tournament is held on the Oconaluftee River in beautiful Cherokee, North Carolina.

Admission/Ticket Price:

There will be a $225.00 entry fee & $10,000 tagged fish.

Where & how tickets can be purchased:

Cherokee Welcome Center
498 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee NC 28719

An address for picking up prize monies is:

Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Date Available for pickups are:

  • Friday & Saturday @ 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sundays @ 12 p.m. - 2p.m.

Can also register anywhere there are fishing permits being sold.

Locations with exact address:

Chamber of Commerce, 516 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact Information for visitors/guests:

Website @: http://www.FishCherokee.com or call by phone @: 828 554-6110 & can also contact Michael LaVoie by phone @: 828 554-6113

Staff Member Responsible for Event:

amy@cherokeesmokies.com