Log in Fall Special

Cherokee Fall Festival opens on Friday


CHEROKEE, Kan. — The weather in Cherokee is shaping up to be beautiful for this weekend's annual Cherokee Fall Festival. 

Presented by the Cherokee Ruritan Club, the Fall Festival will take place from Friday, Sept. 8 to Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Cherokee.  

Kicking off this year’s festival on Friday is the bean feed, which starts at 5 p.m. at Albert Pouch Park. Following the bean feed, at 6 p.m., is the American Legion Riders #35 Bike Show that will take place along Vine St. in front of the Cherokee American Legion. With registration starting at 6 p.m., judging commences at 7:30 p.m. as award categories are best in show, kids' choice, and people’s choice.  

In addition to the car show, The Wayward Bettys are scheduled to perform live music at 6 p.m.  

Saturday’s day full of events begins with the car show downtown from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Then the Cherokee Senior Center will host the Cherokee Gun Club Noodle Feed from 1 to 5 p.m.  

The annual special evening parade begins at 5 p.m. as the lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. at Cedar and Vine St. Floats will be judged on best use of the parade theme “Wild West” and prizes will be awarded to the top three floats.  

Closing this year’s Cherokee Fall Festival are children and adult games as well as competitions with prizes including but not limited to a cake walk, bounce house, shoe kick, nail driving, egg toss, 40-yard dash, putting contest, kiddie tractor pull, disc golf hole in one and dunk tank. The evening events also include a team trike race as the grand finale competition and 80’s music by AERA along with raffle drawings as well as food and concessions.  

According to The Weather Channel, as of Tuesday afternoon, Friday night is expected to be a low of 60 degrees with a three percent chance of rain and five to 10 mile per hour winds. As for Saturday, the high will be 88 degrees with a low of 59, along with a three percent chance of wind and five to 10 mile per hour winds.