Cherokee is your place to be…. for a day, a weekend or a lifetime.
Cherokee sits in the beautiful Little Sioux River Valley in Northwest Iowa. We are located at the junction of U.S. Hwy 59 and State Hwy. 3, about 60 miles northeast of Sioux City, IA. The Little Sioux River winds through town and provides an excellent recreational source for fishing and canoeing as well as a backdrop to a beautiful park system.
Our Historic Downtown was built in the 1870’s and features many unique shopping opportunities. Cherokee’s Main Street was designated as a Cultural District by the State of Iowa in 2004. Live music and entertainment can be heard throughout the year, but especially during the annual Jazz & Blues Festival.
Cherokee is home to the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, Sanford Museum and Planetarium, Cherokee County Fair, Depot Renovation and Cherokee Symphony. We also hold annual events such as the Pancake Day Race and Hot Dog Days.
The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce strives to make Cherokee a positive place to live, visit and do business. Whether you are looking for something entertaining to do this weekend, or a new community to call home, a good place to shop or a place to open a new business, the Cherokee Chamber can help.
Celebrity Scrooge Contest Announced
The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of the Celebrity Scrooge Contest. This year's Celebrity Scrooge will kick off the Lighted Christmas Parade, scheduled for Thursday, December 4.
Four Chamber members have been nominated as scrooge contenders, but the public will have the final say as to which of these community members will have the honor of being Grand Marshal during the Lighted Christmas Parade.
Scrooge nominees include: John Comstock of the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Tim Haupert of Hy-Vee, Tom Letsche of Letsche's Bike Shop and Radio Shack, and Sandy Siegel of Gustafson Realty.
These four nominees are on a mission to raise money for the food pantries in Cherokee, including the Mid Sioux Opportunity Center and Christian Action Program. "That is where the public gets involved", shared Julie Hering Kent, Executive Director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. "Each contestant will have collection cans set up at their business and around town. People are invited to cast their vote for Scrooge by dropping their loose change or monetary donation in he can for their favorite scrooge.".
The contestant who raises the most money will dress the part of scrooge in the Lighted Christmas Parade on December 4. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM through downtown Cherokee.
Previous Celebrity Scrooge winners have included Chuck Wulfson of Central Bank in 2013 and Mike Hunter of Cherokee State Bank in 2012. The contest has raised almost $1,700 since its inception to benefit the two local food pantries.
The public can show their support for their favorite scrooge by donating to them now through Wednesday, December 3.