Cherokee Rodders to host “Cruise the Smokies”

by Oct 18, 2011Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

     The Cherokee Rodders are hosting the popular “Cruise the Smokies” Rod Run during the spectacular fall leaf season. This is the largest show and shine in the area for hundreds of classic and customized Pre-1981 cars and trucks. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Travel & Promotion Department, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Smoky Mountain Chevrolet, GT Graphics, and ET Motorgear are the major sponsors.


The "Cruise the Smokies" rod run, hosted by the Cherokee Rodders, is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 at the Acquoni Expo Center. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

    The event is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 at the Acquoni Expo Center (the old Cherokee High School) on Acquoni Road in Cherokee which is also near Saunooke Village. All cars, either for show or sale, will be parked on the grounds of the Center. Spectator parking will be available in surrounding areas around the Center. Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. for both cars and spectators. Daily spectator entrance fee is $5.00 with children 10 & under free.

     Registration is $40. per car and provides unlimited entrance to the show for two people (children 10 & under are free); a dash plaque & button; Chicken dinner on Friday night; poker walk on Saturday; poker cruise on Friday; a chance to win door prizes, cash drawings, and trophies. New this year are the “Trivia”, “Blind Driver”, and the “Loudest Muffler” competitions with prizes. Event shirts will be available for purchase.

     This family-friendly Rod Run gives you the opportunity to travel thru the beautiful mountains of WNC to view the most spectacular leaf show and to see hundreds of pristine cars and trucks. If you are working on your own trophy car and are looking for parts, you can probably find it at one of the many vendor booths.

     Check out the Cherokee Rodders website:  for a registration form or call 828.497.2603 to register or for more information.