There is no way to get a precise count on how many people showed up for the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Celebration from Thursday through Sunday in Cherokee, but those responsible for organizing the 150th celebration regard it as extremely successful.
The most well attended event of the celebration was the street dance on Saturday, which featured the Cherokee Jam Band and Something Underground. It was estimated that there were 2,500 at the street dance, although since there was no admission charge there was no official count.
Sharon Flier reports that there were 920 meals served at the all-school reunion picnic at the Cherokee Middle School on Saturday and a total of more than 1,000 who came to hear the band and the chorus that performed at the picnic.
There were other meals held at the same time around Cherokee for individual class reunions. Both the Presbyterian and Methodist churches reported more people than expected for the meals served.
Flier reports that those in attendance came from at least 37 states, Belgium, Canada and the Virgin Islands.
At the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, there were reportedly over 800 people who took tours. There were also many people who took tours at the schools, at the depot and self-guided tours of the Grand Old Homes in town.
Joni DeVos, director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, said that there were over 110 entries in the Sesquicentennial plus a group of cars from the car show that joined in to bring the total to about 125.
"The weekend was excellent," said Bob Leach of the Cherokee Arena, where two events took place on the weekend. A team roping event is expected to be an annual event. A Rodeo You competition was organized specifically for the Sesquicentennial weekend.
Richard Boothby, an organizer of a car show in the greenspace area along East Main, said that just under 100 vehicles were entered in the car show with a good number of visitors. Boothby was pleased by how all of the events on the weekend were put on.
"There was a lot of hard work put into this. Evan Knapp and all the others did a really fantastic job," Boothby said.
There were numerous other events held on the weekend, truly something for everyone.