Cherokee Nation seeks vendors for Cherokee National Holiday

Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their products or artwork are invited to take part in one of Oklahoma's largest tourist attractions, the Annual Cherokee National Holiday. The festivities will begin Friday, Aug. 31, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 2, in Tahlequah, Okla.

Vendors and crafts booths are needed at the Cherokee Courthouse Square, at the Cherokee Heritage Center, west of the Cherokee Nation complex and at the Cherokee Nation cultural grounds where the holiday pow-wow is being held.

The vendor fee for Cherokee Nation tribal citizens is $60. Members of other federally recognized Indian tribes will be charged $85. Non-tribal members will pay a fee of $125 and commercial vendors will be charged $350. Booth sites measure approximately 10 feet wide and are approximately 10 feet long. Booths are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Set up time for tables is Friday, Aug.31 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with sales beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in tribute to the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. It has grown into one of the largest events in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world.

This year's theme is "Common Values, Common Ground," in commemoration of the rich history of the Cherokee Nation, which spans 169 years, and the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma's statehood.

For more information about vendor sites located at the Courthouse Square, contact Rhonda Cochran at (918) 687-0201, for booths located at the Cherokee Heritage Center, contact Tom Mooney at (918) 456-6007, for locations west of the tribal complex, contact Jolinda LaRue at (918) 207-3870, or for booth sites located on the Cherokee Nation's cultural grounds, contact Gloria Case at (918) 453-5000 ext. 5539.

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