It’s almost here! Cherokee Rose Festivals this Saturday! – The Gilmer mirror
The Cherokee Rose Festival is finally here this Saturday, May 7and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.…President Alise Nolan, Credit Union of East Texas – Lindsay Hitt and Executive Director of the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce Gloria McLuckie are thrilled with the sponsorship and interest in the festival and events so far.
“The Turtle Race continually proves to be our most popular event with the Cherokee Rose Prince and Princess Pageant right behind,” Nolan said. It’s fun to see adults and children so excited and already trying to find a “fast” turtle. Arrive early as there is always a crowd for this fun contest every year!”
The new addition of live music sponsored by Credit Union of Texas on their stage starting at 3:00 p.m. with Borderline then at 6:00 p.m. with Lee Mathis and Brutally Handsome Band, and headlining Cory Morrow at 8:00 p.m. is sure to draw crowds for these superb covers and Texas country bands.
Three streets surrounding the Upshur County Courthouse in Gilmer Square will be closed to traffic during the Cherokee Rose Festival. These are Davis, Buffalo and Simpson streets for the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday, May 8.and.
The contests scheduled during the Cherokee Rose Festival are the Turtle Race at 9:00 a.m. sharp, the Hula Hoop at 10:3:15 a.m., the Rope at 10:45 a.m., and the Bubble Gum at 11:15 a.m. The Turtle Race will have prizes of 100 $ for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place in the Youth and Adult divisions. Youth division: 2 to 17 years old and adult division: 18 years old and over.
The popular Baby Crawling contest will take place at 11:45 p.m. before nap, and the Cherokee Prince and Princess Pageant will take place at 1:00 p.m. in front of the CUTX stage on the north side of the courthouse with Pause for a Cause Dog. Show at 2 p.m. in this neighborhood as well. All of these competitions have cash prizes and/or ribbons.
Be sure to find your teams for the new Cornhole Contest which kicked off during the 2021 Cherokee Rose Festival Cornhole Contest at 5:30 p.m. on the CUTX stage. Cash prizes and bragging rights at stake for this fun contest for adults!
Early Registration Google Doc links can be found on the Festival Facebook page posts, but attendees can register on-site for all contests 30 minutes before each contest or at the registration table in front of the CUTX stage. A $5.00 fee is only due for the Paws for a Cause dog show as the funds will benefit Silver Paws.
Footlights Dance Studio will be dancing in the plaza starting at 10:00 a.m. in front of the CUTX stage along with Pro Comp Martial Arts and Gilmer Taekwondo as well.
Face painting by the Gilmer High School Cheer Department on the courthouse lawn will be available for all children, young and old.
An FFA Last Chance Plant Sale will be held on the left side of the Upshur County Courthouse off Tyler Street for local Gilmer & Harmony FFA chapters. They will sell an assortment of flower pots, hanging baskets and vegetables.
Local vendors and artisans will be featured for your purchases on the Simpson, Jefferson, and Davis Street sides of the courthouse lawn, along with food trucks throughout the day and into the evening.
Local storytellers from Gilmer’s Bluebonnet Literacy Club will read books in the plaza and in the Upshur County Historical Museum where Native American history and Cherokee Rose Festival memorabilia will be displayed throughout the day.
A Native American teepee with exhibits will be set up at the corner of Jefferson and Simpson streets from the courthouse with live demonstrations as well as Bob and Kim Pennett sponsored by the Upshur County Historical Museum.
For contest details and online entries, find us on the Cherokee Rose Festival Facebook page, LiveGilmer, and the CUTX – Credit Union of Texas websites. Entries will be accepted on the day of the Cherokee Rose Festival thirty minutes before each competition.