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Cancelled: 109th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair; Virtual Components to Come

By now you may have heard the news that the annual Cherokee Indian Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19. It was originally scheduled to take place on October 5th–9th, 2021.

After consulting with EBCI Principal Chief Richard Sneed, Vice Chief Alan B Ensley, Public Health officials, and considering the safety of the community, visitors, and staff, it was decided to cancel this year’s fair. 

Principal Chief Sneed had this message for the community:

 “While I know we all look forward to the many traditions, food, and events that we associate with the Cherokee Indian Fair, the health and safety of the EBCI tribal citizens and our guests is our utmost concern. To protect the safety of EBCI tribal citizens and guests, the Destination Marketing program has cancelled the Cherokee Indian Fair after consulting with Vickie Bradley, Secretary of EBCI Public Health & Human Services. Per statistics from the EBCI PHHS Division, it has been determined that it is impossible to safely host the Cherokee Indian Fair due to COVID-19.” 

At this time, Pageant activities are still scheduled to occur in a closed setting. This year’s contestants are: Ms. Lacey Arch, Samantha Cole, Raylen Bark, and Tyra Maney (pictured above). 

Other virtual components are being explored, and we will share additional information on those plans as they develop.

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