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Saturday, July 24, 2021 (3 events)

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 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.

Blueberry Festival

Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Cherokee Blueberry Festival: A day devoted to the fresh and the delicious.

The blueberry is certainly having a moment. Not only is it full of Vitamin C and rich in antioxidants, but it happens to be delicious in just about every way it's served. So grab your fellow blueberry lovers and enjoy the freshest you can find in Cherokee, NC. You can also fill up on baked goods, treat your youngest blueberry fans to special activities, participate in the day’s culinary competitions, and enjoy plenty of family entertainment. Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA). This event is free to the public.

Cherokee Bonfire

Saturday, July 24 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Amazing tales as told by the Cherokee storytellers themselves.

Imagine you’re gathered around a roaring bonfire, the occasional spark shooting high into the night sky, as a strong but gentle voice begins a story you’ve never heard. As the drama builds, you’re nearly breathless, your own heartbeat matching the occasional beat of the hand drum the storyteller uses. Drawing from a rich oral tradition dating back millennia, the Cherokee Bonfire runs throughout the tourism season, and is an enchanting way to interact with the rich details of the Cherokee people and their stories. Get your room reserved in Cherokee, grab a blanket and someone close to you, and enjoy a cultural experience only Cherokee can offer.

The Bonfire stories crackles from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.:

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May 22–September 29, 2021.