Cherokee County recently had the opportunity to play host to two young couples from the Netherlands who are considering a move to the United States to recreate their dairy operations here. We had short notice of this tour two weeks ago, and quickly put together a brief itinerary that showed them several sites in the county and an overnight stay here in Cherokee.
The group was tired from their travels that day as they toured a number of existing dairies in Northwest Iowa. They were up, however, for the cultural experience of watching an American football game, served up courtesy of the Washington High School Braves, who soundly defeated Clarion-Goldfield that night.
The next morning included a brief tour of Cherokee and fortunately the Westcott fields were abuzz with football, i.e. soccer games. This was a familiar and comforting sight for our Dutch tourist as this is the number 2 sport in the Netherlands. Field Hockey is the dominant sport in the Netherlands with the women's team capturing gold this past summer at the Beijing Olympics and the men's unfortunately losing the bronze medal match. We exchanged information about our different cultures and the expectations of life in the Untied States.
They seemed quite impressed with Cherokee County and we hope to see them back again. We hope next time for a much longer stay.