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American TheaterContact:   
Linda McClaren
108 E. Main
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-2345


This historic and haunted vaudvillian theatre has been renovated into a three-plex that shows first-run movies. Matinees and evening shows, midnight premieres and merchant-sponsored free movies add to its valued spot on Cherokee's Main Street.

Aurelia Golf CourseContact:   
601 Valor Rd
Aurelia, IA 51005
Phone: 712-434-5498


Clubhouse Open:
April 1st thru November 1st, November 2nd thru March 31st, Clubhouse open for parties and by appointment.

Located in the North East Corner of Aurelia on County Road M-21.
This is a (9) Hole, Par (35) Course. Located on 50 Acres of Rolling Land-Scape with Numerous trees lining the Fair-Ways. Sand Traps and Water Hazards offer a Challenge to all level of Golfers. Check our Schedule for Open Golf, Tournaments and Special Events.The Clubhouse is Equipped with a full Bar, Kitchen, and Dining/Party Room that seats 80 to 90. The Dining/Party Room is Available to rent for your Special Events Call (712) 434-5498 for Reservations. The Bar and Most Clubhouse Events are Open to the Public.

Aurelia Swimming PoolContact:   
304 W 4th St
Aurelia, IA 51005
Phone: 712-434-5586


May-August
1 p.m.-5 p.m. 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Swimming Lessons are available

Bacon Aquatic CenterContact:   
625 W Bluff St.
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: 712-225-1130


The Bacon Aquatic Center opened in June of 2007, after a hugely successful fundraising campaign. The combined Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park Renovation was a $4 million project, of that amount over $3.5 million was raised through contributions by individual, business and industry donors, and several grants.

The aquatic center holds 293,000 gallons of water, contains a 23' high, 136' long open flume water slide, a 23' high, 82' long enclosed water slide, 12' high and 4' high diving boards, a designated kids area, a sand play area, concession stand, 6 large canopies and over 35 lounge chairs, picnic tables and lockers.

Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily
Lap Swim: (18 & above) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Check out website for Rates.

Cherokee Community TheatreContact:    
Penny Pingrey
530 W. Bluff St.
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-2990


In 1958, Janet Koser and Edith Meloy, of Cherokee, attended a meeting of the Iowa Community Theater Association in Des Moines, seeking advice in starting a community theater.

More than 52 years later, Cherokee Community Theater still thrives, as an all-volunteer, self-supporting organization which produces high quality dramas, comedies and musicals on a year-round basis.

Our Mission
To entertain, enrich and inspire the Cherokee community, and the community at large, through inclusive theater arts programs and volunteerism.

Cherokee County FairContact:    
200 Linden Steet
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-5843


The mission of the Cherokee County Fair Association shall be the preservation of the past, promotion of the present, and education on the future, of agriculture, horticulture, mechanical arts, and rural and domestic economy.

The Association shall hold and promote a county fair each year to serve as its primary medium to achieve its mission. The primary focus of the county fair is to serve as a showcase of the talents of the youth of the community by providing a means of education, exhibit and competition of the various livestock and non-livestock projects in which the youth are involved. The Association will also use the county fair to highlight the heritage of the community, its ties to agriculture, industry, and businesses that are the backbone of the community.

The Association shall also promote non-fair events that will aid in sustaining the fairgrounds, while keeping in focus the overall mission of the Association. It will use its own Board members, as well as volunteers from the community organizations, civic clubs and individuals to make up the necessary manpower and expertise that is needed to insure the Association fulfills its mission. The Association will not be considered the authority of any event, other than the county fair and any event managed and produced by the Cherokee County Fair Association.

Cherokee County ParksContact:    
Cherokee County Conservation Board
629 River Road
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-6709


This extensive network of green spaces offers nature at Iowa's most beautiful. Our parks offer a variety of hiking, camping, and other nature-inspired activites. Here, there is something for everyone. Click on the website button above to go to Cherokee County Conservation Website and view a large list of parks.

Cherokee Golf ClubContact:   
800 N. 11th St.
Cherokee, IA 51012


Our course was opened in 1916 and is northwest Iowa's most challenging nine-hole courses. The natural setting of the course and surrounding landscaping allow the natural plants, wildflowers and beautiful habitat to coexist with lush green fairways. The contour of the course ranges from hilly to flat, giving the golfer a nice variety of play. A creek runs through the middle of three holes and sand guards two greens. The upper level of the clubhouse has a dining area, dance floor and lounge. The lower level contains the golfing lounge and pro shop. A swimming pool is available to members. The 9-hole course features 3,143 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.6 and it has a slope rating of 123. Brandon Brown manages the course as the Superintendent. We hope you enjoy playing our course and would love to have you as a member.

Cherokee Jazz and Blues FestivalContact:    
Julie Hering Kent
416 W. Main Street
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: 712-225-6414


Every second weekend in January, live jazz and blues fill the cold Iowa nights with the sound of hot music! Join us for an event like no other! Become a fan of the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival on our Facebook Page!

Cherokee PRCA RodeoContact:    
Val Cedar
200 Linden Steet
Cherokee, IA 51012


The annual Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo is held at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds starting on Thursday evening and runs through Saturday evening. The Rodeo parade takes place on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., and the Rodeo Queen is crowned on Friday evening on stage at the Fairgrounds.

Cherokee Public LibraryContact:    
215 South 2nd Street
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-3498
Fax: (712) 225-4964

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Cherokee Public Library invite you to spend a few moments looking at our library website. With help from the State Library of Iowa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we are able to create a place on the Web where you can explore, learn and get help with all your information needs.

Marcus Community FairContact:    
PO Box 147
Marcus, IA 51035
Phone: 712-540-1084


Welcome to the Marcus Community Fair! A long standing community tradition, held the second week of August, we strive to bring you fun filled, family orientated entertainment. Whether it is to watch or compete in one of our open livestock shows, show off your talent in one of our many contests, enjoy free public entertainment or experience yummy fair food, we have something for everyone. See you at the fair!!

Marcus Golf ClubContact:  
Lacy Hanson
PO Box 465
Marcus, IA 51035
Phone: 712-376-4492



Marcus Historical SocietyContact:  
Sherree Ogren
PO Box 321
Phone: 712-376-4448



Marcus Swimming PoolContact:  
110 S Locust St
Marcus, IA 51035
Phone: 712-376-2313



Sanford Museum & PlanetariumContact:    
Linda Burkhart
117 E. Willow St.
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-3922


Located in Cherokee, Iowa, the Sanford Museum and Planetarium has exhibits and activities on a variety of subjects including: Archaeology, Art, Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Paleontology. The museum was made possible through a trust fund established by the late Mr. & Mrs. W.A. Sanford of Cherokee, in memory of their only son, Tiel.
It was their intention to create a charitable trust for historical, cultural and educational purposes that was to be free and open to the public.
The facility was officially opened to the public in 1951. Since then, more than one million visitors have viewed exhibits, attended demonstrations, and taken part in a wide variety of activities.

Spring Lake ParkContact:    
808 Spring Lake Dr
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-2715


This city green space offers playground and picnic equipment as well as overnight camping facilities for tents and RV's. It is a beautiful spot to spend a day or weekend.

The Gathering PlaceContact:   
Jomi Anderson
207 W Main St
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 229-3956


This historic building on Main Street was purchased and renovated by a group of businessmen and women who value the importance of art and culture in our community. Through their efforts, live music is offered on a weekly basis. Music lessons and practice space are offered to anyone who is interested in learning.

Yacht ClubContact:   
606 Spring Lake Dr.
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: 712-225-2715


Located in Koser Spring Lake Park, the Yacht Club is available for all types of gatherings such as family and class reunions, wedding receptions, bridal and baby showers, business meetings and events. Daily rental is $100. Rentals for 4 hours or less start at $65. Kitchen facilities available (no stove). Capacity of 90. Call in the afternoons to make reservations.