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Fish, Bounce or Play: Cherokee Holiday Has Plenty to Offer Kids
August 24, 2011
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Kids of all ages will find plenty to do at the 59th Cherokee National Holiday held over Labor Day weekend in Tahlequah. And best of all for parents, it’s all free!
Youngsters can enjoy a large group of inflatable attractions on the grounds directly west of the main Cherokee Nation tribal complex on Friday from 6p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Planned attractions include the Jupiter Jump, an obstacle course and the big slide, along with several more.
In the same area on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., children will be able to play a number of carnival games such as a ring toss, basketball shoot, bean bag toss, duck pond and ping pong ball toss. The treasure hunt is always a favorite and kids can also make and take home their own arts and crafts.
Another popular children’s event is the fishing derby. The derby will be held at the large pond directly east of the main tribal complex on Saturday morning. Kids four through eight will be able to fish from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and those ages nine through 13 will fish from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Competitors must register between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. and are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles, if they have them. The event will supply fishing poles for kids that don’t have one. Bait will be provided. Kids will also receive a t-shirt when they register, for as long as supplies last. Competitors who catch the biggest fish, the smallest fish and the most fish will win a cash prize.
The Cherokee National Holiday, held annually over Labor Day weekend since 1953, commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution. With its exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world. The 59th Cherokee National Holiday is a smoke-free event. It is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, a modern tribe of more than 300,000 citizens with its capital in Tahlequah, Okla. This year’s Holiday theme is “Jobs, Language and Community,” reflecting the Cherokee Nation’s emphasis on cultural and economic initiatives. For a full schedule of events and event locations for the Cherokee National Holiday, please call 918-453-5536 or visit holiday.cherokee.org.
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