By Paul Struck, Editor
Brimming with many new events, the 2005 Fall Family Festival in Cherokee, scheduled for Saturday, October 15, promises entertaining events and old-fashioned fun for young and old, and all those in between.
Many new, exciting, and informative events are on tap at the restored Cherokee Railroad Depot the big day, which also coincides with the 2005 Artisans Road Trip (read more on that in Thursday's Chronicle Times) through Cherokee and other communities along the scenic Little Sioux River Valley.
Among the many events include the annual "Show & Shine" Car Show in the city parking lot adjacent to the Depot, plus a Show & Shine Show for motorcycles and tractors! The shows will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15.
Speaking of cars, a Midwest Miata Club also plans to make Cherokee its home away from home that day by making a special appearance here in the parking lot just south of the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center on West Main Street.
The club, formed by owners of the sporty Mazda Miata sports car, will be in town for the Artisans Road Trip and will line up in the West Main Street parking lot at 10:30 a.m. The members will have coffee at the Copper Cup on West Main Street, stroll through the newly renovated downtown to the Framing Nook and Sanford Museum to check out the local artists and their wares, and then will journey to Sutherland to tour Bogenrief Studios. From there, the club will caravan to Peterson and Webb on the Artisans Road Tour, and then return to Cherokee for dinner and an overnight.
In addition to all this, the Cherokee Fall Festival includes apple baking and pumpkin baking contests, with entries due at the Depot by 10 a.m. that day. The entries will then be judged and auctioned off at 11 a.m.
Proceeds from the bake sale will go to Depot Renovation, Inc. for on-going work at the depot. People are invited to donate baked goods for sale during the festival to benefit the Depot.
Lunch also will be served during the festival by the dedicated Depot volunteers. "Cherokeeopoly," the board game, will also be for sale at the festival, with proceeds benefitting the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Promotions Team.
Also, the Fall Festival includes area wood carvers demonstrations and displays, a rope making demonstration, a telegraph communication demonstration, a nature demonstration for kids by Ginger Vietor, Naturalist with the Cherokee County Conservation Board, a farmers market, an art show featuring local artists Dee Reinert and Connie Hankens at the Depot, and many fun games for kids of all ages. Train rides on a mini-train also will be available for children.
This year's Fall Family Fest is being organized by Jim Adamson and the Railroad Depot group. For more information, contact Adamson at 229-9502.