Buckle up for fun!

Come ride with us on the Joey Parker Memorial Ride Saturday, May 4th 2019. As tribute to his memory, the Joey Parker Memorial Ride is an annual UTV, ATV, dirt bike ride that also serves as a fundraising event for Cherokee, North Carolina.

About The Event

Joey Parker left a multitude of friends in Cherokee and throughout the Southeast on his final journey. As Mayor of the River Valley Campground, member of the Cherokee Baptist Church and the best friend the elk roaming the Oconaluftee River Valley will ever have, Joey will always be remembered by the smile on his face and his enthusiasm for every day of his life.

Because Joey absolutely loved to ride UTVs and to further his memory, his sisters Myra and Kym instituted a “Memorial Ride” in April of 2017, and hope to continue the ride every year. Not only does the ride further his memory, it is also a fund raising event for a special playground at Cherokee Central Schools. The playground will be for special needs students and named in his honor. Funds are also donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Ride Details

  • Driver must be at least 16 years of age.
  • One registration form must be filled out for each driver and rider.
  • Pre-registration is now until April 27th 2019. The cost is $20.00 (cash only) per person, children under the age 12 ride for free, but must register. Pre-register to be entered into a drawing for cash prizes.
  • On Friday May 3rd, at old Cherokee High School Site, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Pre-registered participants can pick up goody bags and pay fees. You can also register at this time.
  • The day of the ride is Saturday, May 4th, the gates will open at 7:30 am. If you are pre-registered and have paid fees, you must have your bracelets on to enter. You can register, pay fee, and pick up goody bags/t-shirts.
  • The ride will leave promptly at 10:00 am, all registration must be completed by 9:30 am. If you are not registered, paid, and in the ride line by 9:45 am, you will not be allowed to participate.

Registration Form

I know that driving/riding/participating in this event is a potentially hazardous activity. I represent that I am medically able and properly trained to participate in this event. I assume all risks associated with this event including, but not limited to, heat exhaustion, falls, and contact with other participants, effects of weather, dangerous road and traffic conditions, etc., all such risks being known and recognized by me. I hereby agree, for myself and my heirs, assigns, personal representative, executors and administrators, to waive, release, and forever discharge the Joey Parker Memorial Ride and its respective directors, officers and employees, volunteers, and all sponsors, suppliers and any other personnel assisting or connected with this event, any rights, claims, or demands therefore which I may have or which I may hereafter accrue to me arising out of injury to my person or my property incurred in connection with participation in the Joey Parker Memorial Ride held on May 4th 2019.

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The Ride

Joey’s ride will leave from the Old Cherokee High School Site, travel through Downtown Cherokee, past Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, then travel through Tribal Reserve Land to a rest stop at the top of the Balsam Mountains at Mile High Campground. After a brief rest, the ride continues back down Tribal Reserve Land and onto Bunches Creek Road, then onto Big Cove Road with a stop at River Valley Campground for a meal and door prizes. After the meal and prizes, you will return to the Old Cherokee High School site via Big Cove Road. Be sure to join our Joey Parker Memorial Facebook Group. We would love to see all your pics from your ride experience.


Be sure to mention The Joey Parker Memorial Ride to receive special rate.

Pioneer Motel and cabins – 828-497-2435 Ext. 1 (15% off)
Baymont Inn – 828-497-2102 (15% off)
River Valley Campground – 828-497-3540 (special rate)

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