Was Cherokee the place to be last week, or what?
Memorial Day Monday, a wonderful day of remembrance, colorful and poignant military ceremonies at our cemeteries, family leisure and togetherness, cook-outs, and beautiful spring weather got the week off to a rousing start.
Then, as the excitement grew for the annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the tradition-rich Cherokee Braves baseball team, defending State Champions in 2007, and Conference and Substate Champions and State runner-up last year, stoked up the new season with three consecutive victories in three days to get the new season off to a rip-roaring start.
And then the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, its Rodeo Committee, home-grown Barnes/MJM PRCA Rodeo, and dozens of capable and loyal volunteers combined to produce a record-setting three-day extravaganza that amazed the thousands visiting Our Town.
And the weather was simply impeccable throughout!
And, we can't forget Nashville Recording Star Shawn Mayer's performance after Friday night's rodeo, or the awesome fireworks show after Saturday's rodeo performance, along with the huge rodeo crowds, world-class cowboys, and stunning Rodeo Queens.
Before that on Saturday, hundreds dined at the Cherokee Depot's Western BBQ and then hung around town for the fabulous 4 p.m. Rodeo Parade that was again one dynamite event.
Kudos to Parade organizers for the many Shriners' entertaining and exciting mobile units, their incomparable White Horse Patrol, and the many beautiful horses and their riders, plus all the dedicated local folks who featured floats and displays in the fantastic Parade that lasted more than an hour. Leading the way as always was our devoted VFW Color Guard, which never missed a step. And let's plug Dodge Trucks and Cherokee's Holzhauer Motors who spend good money helping sponsor this Northwest Iowa jewel.
While visiting with some impressed Sioux City folks during the Parade who were attending their first Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, one woman said, "This really is a big deal, isn't it? Look at all the people. I never thought this was such a big deal. What a great Parade. We feel bad we've never come before, but we won't miss this again, I'll tell you that!"
And, neither will we!
Take a bow, Cherokee.