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107th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair Photo

107th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

It's over a century old. It's a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It's a carnival and an agriculture show. It's an art show and a game show. There's food, music, and rides. It's pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a Ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball.

Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you'll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. In fact, you're going to find ample amounts of all sorts of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. General admission is $10 per person at the ticket booth (gate), Tuesday through Saturday. Children ages 6 to 10 are $5 per person. Youth under 6 years old will be admitted for free. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and other federally recognized tribes will receive free admission with their enrollment card.

Celebrate a different emphasis each day you attend.

Tuesday: Parade Day (gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.)

Wednesday: Children's Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and from noon until closing, youth 17 years old and younger are admitted for free and will get a wristband to enjoy complimentary rides)

Thursday: Elder's Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Elder's ages 59 and a half are admitted for free)

Friday: Veterans' Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Veterans' are admitted for free)

Saturday: Community Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and will feature a variety of traditional competitions for the communities to compete against one another for a chance to win cash prizes)*Schedule is subject to change.