A family fun day was enjoyed by a large number of people from near and far who turned out on November 10 to support the Cherokee Community Clinic Fundraising Day. The event was held on the grounds of Cherokee’s Community Centre from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. There was something for everybody. A crowd-pleaser for both adults and children were the crab races held frequently throughout the afternoon.
The crabs were beautifully decorated, each one sporting its number with a feather on top of the stick attached to its shell. These gaily coloured crabs were painstakingly decorated by Mr. and Ms. Davies, an English couple, who are second-homeowners in Cherokee.
Also enjoyed by the children was the balloon darts game. The kids were quite proficient with the darts resulting in much popping of balloons and prizes handed out. The hoopla stall proved so popular that it sold out early. While all this was going on other children were honing their skills at basketball and volleyball on the court nearby.
A flea market was added to the attractions this year and many interesting items were to be found at the bargain prices of one dollar, three dollars or five dollars. A raffle was well supported with excellent prizes donated by both private and corporate sponsors.
Food is always a major draw at any fair and there was certainly no shortage of it at Cherokee. For those who wanted a hearty meal, delicious steak dinners were available with the steaks masterfully seasoned and barbecued by the popular barbecueing trio of Richard Gibbs, John Hudson and Malfred Martin. For those desiring something a little less substantial, hamburgers and hot dogs were available along with macaroni cheese, homemade ice cream, a large assortment of baked goods and drinks.
Cherokee is noted for its tasty conch fritters which are generously apportioned with conch. Vashti Albury was kept extremely busy deep frying these delicacies from the very tasty batter prepared by the skillful hands of Kenneth Albury. The fritters were so popular that they drew long lines of people not minding how long they had to stand in line for this tasty treat.
Another enjoyable pastime at these Cherokee events is for people to take a little time out to meet up with and socialize with friends whom they might not have seen for some time. A huge almond tree provides very welcome shade for people to sit and pass the time of day with friends and family while still watching all the fun of the fair.
Sandra Albury, Treasurer of the Cherokee Community Clinic Committee, deemed the fundraiser a great success. She was very pleased with the numbers that attended and said that the funds raised had equaled the excellent total raised last year at their inaugural fundraiser. These funds are vital for the ongoing construction of the Cherokee Community Clinic which is an entirley volunteer project.