'Something Underground' returns to Cherokee
By Katie Carnes
Come celebrate, listen and dance to the sounds of "Rock Pilots" and "Something Underground" at the downtown Street Dance as part of the Little Sioux Summer Festival July 3 and 4 in Cherokee.
Saturday activities include an art show from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and a farmers market from 8 a.m. - noon in the green space west of the Cherokee Horse Arena. Also, there will be children's activities and a car show from noon through 4 p.m. at Koser Spring Lake Park,
Visitors are also invited to register for a fun ride at 8:30 a.m. through the Mental Health Institute Grounds, a bike ride from 8 a.m. - noon, a disc golf tournament at 10:30 a.m., and a canoe, Little Sioux River kayak and tube float from Martin's Access to Wescott Park.
Food vendors will be available from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Koser Spring Lake Park, and a hog roast and barbeque pulled pork sandwich meal will be served from 5 - 7 p.m. in the green space between Highway 59 and the horse arena for a small fee.
Also part of the Saturday festivities is the Street Dance on East Main Street from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. "Rock Pilots" will open the show at 8 p.m. followed by "Something Underground." Admission is $5 per person. Gates open at 7 p.m., and a beer garden and concession stand will be available on site.
The Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking volunteers to help during the street dance. Volunteers are needed for set-up, starting at noon; the admission gate, from 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 - 11 p.m.; the beer garden, from 6:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. - midnight; the concession stand, from 7 - 9 p.m. and 9 - 11 p.m.; and the clean-up crew beginning at midnight.
To volunteer, e-mail Julie Hering-Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-6414.
Area businesses are also joining the celebration with special hours and promotions. The Cherokee Public Library will offer a children's program Friday, July 2 at the Sanford Museum, the Cherokee Depot will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and the Cherokee Bacon Aquatic Center will offer the discount rate of $3 per person on Saturday, July 3.
Also on Saturday, the Lily of the Valley School House will serve hot dogs and host a variety of children's games, and a softball tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday at Wescott Park.
On July 4, there will be a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for a small fee at the green space by the horse arena. An ecumenical church service will follow the breakfast, and at 11:30 a.m., there will be canoe and kayak races at Koser Spring Lake Park.
The festival will conclude with a fireworks display at Spring Lake Park at dark.
For more information regarding the festival, contact the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce at 225-6414.