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Events for July
Cherokee Bonfire
Date(s): Jul 01, 2019 - Jul 06, 2019
When: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: At the Intersection of 441 and Hwy 19 in Oconaluftee Island Park

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 series 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 crackle from 7:00–9:00 p.m. on the following dates at Oconaluftee Islands Park, on Tsali Blvd.: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, May 22 - October 12. Expanded schedule for July 1-6. No bonfires in September.

44th Annual Powwow & Fireworks
Date(s): Jul 05, 2019 - Jul 07, 2019
When: varies
Where: Aquoni Expo Center

Tentative Event Schedule:

Friday, July 5, 2019

5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open

12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)

6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called

7 p.m. Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry, Men's Grass Specials, Tiny Tots, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Golden Age Men, Golden Age Women, Women's Northern and Southern Traditional Specials, Cherokee Warrior Specials

10:30 p.m. Concludes Friday Night

Saturday, July 6, 2019

9 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration 

12 p.m. Gates Open

12:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called

1 p.m. Grand Entry

1:30 p.m. Intertribal, Tiny Tots, Drum Contest, Men's Smoke Dance Specials, Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Men's/Women's Dance Contest

5 p.m. Intertribal

5:30–6:30 p.m. Supper Break

6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called

7 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr.'s, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Women's Smoke Dance Specials, Intertribal, Men's Fancy Dance Specials

10 p.m. Closing of Powwow and Fireworks

Sunday, July 7, 2019

12 p.m. Gates Open

1 p.m. Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Specials, Men's Team Dance, Women's Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal

6 p.m. Winners Announced


Location:

Acquoni Expo Center 

1501 Acquoni Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Daniel Tramper
Phone: 828-399-0835
Email: dtramper@gmail.com