Entertainment for the overnight stop in Cherokee Sunday of RAGBRAI XL promises to be varied, exciting, fun and, most of all, full of talent. The main stage entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Beverage Garden located in the parking lot on West Maple Street in Cherokee.
First to perform for the evening entertainment is the Buffalo Ridge Band. They will be performing with featured singer, 13 year old Kelsey Klingensmith. She will be performing country style tunes of her own creation along with cover songs.
This young and talented performer began her singing dreams at the age of 11. Now at the age of 13, she has recorded two albums. The most recent, of which, will be released sometime in August. This show will perform until 6 p.m.
The entertainment doesn't stop there, with the next band to appear a local favorite beginning at 6:30 p.m. Daylight Again is a group of local talents from the Cherokee area who put themselves together as a tribute band to Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Members of the band include Charlie Leissler, Randy Martin, Jimmy Davis, Steve Alingh, Jim Christensen, and Jamie Bowers. Don't miss this special treat from this very talented group. Their show ends at 8:30 p.m.
To top off the night the Mighty Nish Band will perform with loads of energy and entertainment. Prepare to dance the rest of the evening away. The Mighty Nish Band has a habit of playing their large selection of cover songs from the hip. No play list necessary, they read the crowd then play and entertain accordingly. Get ready to rock, roll, and whatever else comes their way. Their show will end at midnight.
As an added treat two local businesses will also be hosting some entertainment. Expect to find "Just Us" performing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the north side of West Main Street.
After their performance, you can work your way further up West Main to the south side of the street into the Copper Cup where you will find the sounds of Andy Juhl and Bridgett.
Another musical performance of a classical nature will be the Cherokee Symphony performing in the auditorium of Washington High School located on West Bluff Street. Performance will begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but there will be a free will offering taken. The concert is partially funded by a grant from the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation.
Of course it isn't all about the music in Cherokee. There are plenty of other things to do. For example, check out the free Sanford Museum on East Willow just one block north of East Main Street.
There are plenty of prehistoric and historic displays along with the featured exhibit. Bruce Ellingson, a Buena Vista Art Professor, will display his photography exhibit about the National Parks in the West Gallery of the Sanford Museum.
The exhibit features large panoramic images of the 15 National Parks the artist visited during 2010 and 2011. To learn more about the museum take a look at their website is www.sanfordmuseum.org.
One of the best ways to cool off is to go swimming. Enjoy a dip in Cherokee's awesome Bacon Aquatic Center located on West Bluff Street across from the high school. The zero degree entry pool has lots of fun things to do besides just swim. Shoot your friends with the water canons, slide down one of the two twist slides, or do some diving at the deep end. The facility comes complete with concessions, lounge chairs, and picnic tables. Surrounding the center is the beautiful Gillette Park which has a paved walking path, open shelter, picnic tables and a great playground. For more information go to www.cherokeeiowa.net/bacon_aquatic_cente...
Looking for more water-cooling entertainment? Then look no further that Iowa River Tours. Cherokee's newest business has invented TUBE-BRAI and Unlimited River Shuttle. After looking more closely at the RAGBRAI route, it became apparent that the host cities all had opportunities to float down and around in some of Iowa's most beautiful, historic and clean river's and lakes.
This gives riders an opportunity to not only ride across Iowa but float across Iowa too. Think of the cooling effects after a long hot day of riding. In a nutshell here is how it works. You buy your tube from Iowa River Tours for $30.
With that you will get a wristband for unlimited pick up and drop off for the one-mile float. You pick up your tube at Iowa River Tours base camp located at 509 Hughes Street in Cherokee, which is right in the center of the campsites. Then hop on the "bus" to float on the Little Sioux. You can do it over and over again.
The best part is you get to take the tube with you and do more floating at the other stops on the RAGBRAI route. Check out Iowa River Tours website for more details on the other stops iowarivertours.com. You are encouraged to purchase your tube in advance online or by contacting Neal or Abby at 712-229-1888. An added bonus is that the tube can double as a recliner at your campsite.
In addition, to all this fun and activity, take the time to explore all Cherokee has to offer. There is no possible way you will be bored in Cherokee for we have many unique stores, restaurants, parks, and much more, including great people!