CHEROKEE — After almost being shelved for lack of volunteers, Cherokee Homecoming is making a comeback this weekend after a burst of people willing to keep the tradition alive joined the event.
According to volunteer Judy Pearce, homecoming was almost canceled after the volunteer numbers dropped last year to just a few people.
Pearce, whose family has volunteered at the event for over 20 years, said after the volunteer group announced that the event may need to close, several people said they were willing to step up and help to keep it going.
“It’s good to see the new volunteers because when everyone works together you really can get a lot done,” she said. “It’s also nice because as new people get involved you get to know them, and come together as a community.”
Pearce said she was pleased to see homecoming stay a staple of Cherokee as it brings families back together. Pierce’s own children and grandchildren participate in homecoming and have helped their parents with their volunteer efforts.
“My favorite part is watching everyone's children having fun,” Pearce said.
The draw for homecoming according to Pearce doesn’t have to be a case of homesickness. She said everyone in the local area is invited, and being from Cherokee is not a requirement to come have fun.
“Our homecoming is really good for families because they can come and not spend a lot,” she said. “The kids games and parade are free and it doesn’t cost much to eat, so it’s a good thing for families who want to have fun but not spend a lot.”
Cherokee Homecoming kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. in Albert Pouch Park with a bean feed. The beans are cooked with ham over campfires. The meal is free. There will also be bingo for 25 cents a card, and the KMO Cruisers Cruise Night.
Saturday the events will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Ruritan Rock Hunt on Main Street followed by the parade at 11 a.m. Kids games will follow with events continuing through the afternoon. More information about Cherokee Homecoming can be found at www.facebook.com/CherokeeRuritanClub