Published On: Thu, Oct 15th, 2009
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Elders honored at Fair

 
SENIOR GAMES:  Winners at the 2009 Senior Games were honored during Elder's Day at the Cherokee Indian Fair on Thursday, Oct. 8.

SENIOR GAMES: Winners at the 2009 Senior Games were honored during Elder's Day at the Cherokee Indian Fair on Thursday, Oct. 8.

 Text by Robin Bailey-Callahan
Cherokee Choices Program

Photos courtesy of Robin Swayney

      The 97th Annual Elder’s Day at the Indian Fair was blessed with beautiful Fall weather and filled with interactive entertainment. Elders received a gift of an insulated lunch tote or fishing pole, free coffee all day from Tribal Grounds, and lunch and breakfast from Chestnut Tree Restaurant. There were 26 fun-filled door prize baskets raffled off and great Bingo prizes.  
   

SINGING:  Bo Taylor (far left), archivist at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, leads the Cherokee Elementary Traditional Dancers in a friendship dance.

SINGING: Bo Taylor (far left), archivist at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, leads the Cherokee Elementary Traditional Dancers in a friendship dance.

     The Cherokee Choices program related they would like to thank all of the volunteers, the talented presenters including emcees Brandon Stephens and Shawn Crowe, and Tribal Grounds and Chestnut Tree for their hard work.  They would also like to thank Best Buy for donating prizes for bingo; and Tribal Programs which donated gift baskets, especially Keahana Lambert for all of her work coordinating the gift baskets. 
 

RESPECT FOR FLAG:  While Yona Wade (far left) sings the National Anthem, members of the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143 Color Guard stand at attention.

RESPECT FOR FLAG: While Yona Wade (far left) sings the National Anthem, members of the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143 Color Guard stand at attention.

    Program officials related, “Cherokee appreciates and honors all of the Elders and hope that you had an enjoyable day. Thank you for coming out and celebrating!”

HELPING:  Volunteers from the Parks and Recreation Department help serve food.

HELPING: Volunteers from the Parks and Recreation Department help serve food.

EMCEE:  Shawn Crowe, the emcee of the day, is shown behind a Best Buy Bingo Banner.  Best Buy donated the Bingo prizes.

EMCEE: Shawn Crowe, the emcee of the day, is shown behind a Best Buy Bingo Banner. Best Buy donated the Bingo prizes.

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