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The Rod Run season here in Pigeon Forge is officially underway. The season’s first run was last weekend, and was held at a new location for the first time in its nearly 30-year history!

Here’s what a few of our Facebook fans had to say about the rod run’s new location at the new LeConte Center on Teaster Lane:

chevy-in-pigeon-forge.jpg“Thought it was great. I've been going for approximately 20 years and really enjoyed it. Just keep the prices down and it should last forever.”Matt Wilson

“We had lots of fun, can’t wait to come back…  All-in-all awesome! And we got to meet Horny Mike from Counting Cars.”Tracey and Cathie Pannell

“Terrific as always!” Rebecca Smith

“I think it worked out very well”Randy Riddle

“I LOVED the new location! So much more space! I loved the vendors and concessions inside the center, and the other cars and booths in the parking lot seemed so expansive! We got to see so much MORE at the LeConte Center, and even though the event was shorter, we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. Can’t wait to come back for more shows later on in the season. We love Pigeon Forge and always have an amazing time here!” Beth and Paul Kippers

You’ll have a few chances to experience a Pigeon Forge rod run for yourself in coming days. Upcoming Spring car shows in the Smokies include:
  • May 1-4: Yellow Mustang Car Show - located at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.
  • May 3-4: Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (865) 453-0770.
  • May 14-17: Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show -  Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show,  9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily,Country Cascades Hotel Between red lights 3 & 4 (behind TGI Fridays. 204 Sharon Dr.)
  • May 15-17: Annual F-100 Supernationals & All Ford Show -   Located in the city municipal parking lot on Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge
  • June 6-7: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge - Classic Car Show at Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

The fall season revs up again in September. Fall rod runs include:
  • September 5-6: Shades of the Past Rod Run - For more information call Dan Draper at (865) 995-2009 or visit shadesofthepast.com
  • September 12-16: Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run - in Pigeon Forge, TN at LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge.
  • September 26-27: Fast Cars & Mason Jars Moonshine Festival-Live music, fast cars, and moonshine combine for this unique event at popular Ole Smoky Moonshine in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • October 4-5: Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds.
  • October 12: 16th Annual Smoky Bear Open Car/Motorcycle Show & Silent Auction - Located at Sevier County High School.
  • October 17-18: Fall Corvette Expo - over 4,000 visitors flock to this expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort.
  • October 23-26: 25th Annual Hudsons In The Heartland - This meet by Hudson car enthusiasts' Smoky Mountain Heartland Chapter will once again be held at the Vacation Lodge in Pigeon Forge.

There’s still plenty of time to plan your trip to Pigeon Forge in time for a spring or fall rod run. Springtime visitors will enjoy mild tempatures and have a chance to see beautiful flowers in bloom; Fall visitors will be able to bask in the seasonal color changes and see brilliant hues! You can browse Pigeon Forge lodging options like hotels, cabins and condos  to help make your vacation planning simple!

See a few of our trips for attending a Pigeon Forge car show:
Posted: 4/17/2014 12:33:05 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

If you love classic country music in Pigeon Forge, you should love Tim McAbee.

Tim is the man behind Pigeon Forge’s First Class Productions, the company responsible for lighting up the Parkway with performances by world-famous entertainers like Loretta Lynn, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap and more. And though he works with some of the biggest names in the business, he remains humble about his role.

lorettalynnPF.jpg“It’s always an honor to work with these legendary artists,” Tim said in a recent phone interview. “They really have paved the way for today’s artists.”

Tim has been involved in the country music industry since his college days in Nashville. His career has since spanned two decades, and he officially launched First Class Productions in 1999.

The lifelong country music fan says he was inspired to bring these big stars to Pigeon Forge for a variety of reasons, but it all boils down to his love for the classic country genre.

“Even as a kid, I appreciated traditional country music,” Tim said. “It’s where my heart is as a fan and a promoter.”

His appreciation is good news for music fans coming to the Great Smoky Mountains. All of the First Class Productions shows for the 2014 season will take place at the Country Tonite Theatre, the beautiful music palace located at 129 Showplace Boulevard here in Pigeon Forge. Tim is pleased to have partnered with the perfect venue for his concerts.

roots-and-boots7777.jpg“Country Tonite Theatre is a great place to see these artists,” Tim said. “It’s big enough to bring in the big, national acts, but small enough so that fans can see the artist up close.”

And fans are truly in luck. The 2014 line up is certainly star-studded, and gives lovers of old-time country music a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the industry’s biggest names in an intimate setting here in charming Pigeon Forge. The show season officially launches next week and includes:
  • Loretta Lynn – 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27
  • “Roots & Boots Tour” with Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 23
  • The Oak Ridge Boys – 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14
  • Mark Chesnutt – 8 p.m. on Friday, July 4
  • Steve Wariner – 8 p.m. on Friday, July 25
  • Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal – 8 p.m. on Friday, August 22
  • “The Three Generations Acoustic Tour” with Bobby Bare, John Anderson and Darryl Worley – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 19
  • Don Williams – 8 p.m. on Friday, October 17 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 18
  • Con Hunley and Jimmy Fortune - 8 p.m. on Friday, November 7
  • Ronnie Milsap – 8 p.m. on Friday, December 5
Tim is thrilled about the upcoming season. He was able to talk Loretta Lynn in to staying overnight and playing an additional matinee show on Sunday, April 27. Though only a few tickets remain for the Saturday show, fans should be able to get seats at the Sunday performance – if they act fast, Tim said.

He’s also happy that he was able to persuade the Oak Ridge Boys into an additional performance on Saturday, June 14 – giving you something special to do with dad on his special weekend.

“It’s Father’s Day weekend,” Tim said. “We thought a lot of people would be in town.”

Tickets for the upcoming celebrity concert series start at just $35, making these shows an affordable way to see some of the worlds’ most influential country artists. For more information about these shows – including ticketing information – click over to www.firstclassconcerts.com. Or call Country Tonite at 865-453-2003.

Are you planning to attend any of these upcoming celebrity concerts? Let us know at the Pigeon Forge Facebook page! While you’re at it, check out the following blog posts for more exciting things to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains:

Posted: 4/16/2014 3:49:17 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Who wants to win a FREE Pigeon Forge vacation for the family? Hopefully you would! There are just two weeks left to enter the PigeonForge.com Kids’ Contest!

The contest is open to writers and artists under age 15. We’ve teamed up with a few of our local partners to offer an awesome prize package, including:
All you have to do to win is share your stories from your Spring Break in Pigeon Forge, either in writing or by drawing a picture. Contest entries can be submitted electronically to Laura@PigeonForge.com or by snail mail to:

PigeonForge.com Kids’ Contest
℅ Laura Isaacs
4002 Sutherland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37919

For additional information, including the fine print, click over to PigeonForge.com.

Looking for some inspiration? This is 10-year-old Janae’s entry. Her mom writes:


This is my daughter Janae's entry. She is calling it Cade's Cove Crossing.  Janae is 10 years old.  She is in the 5th grade.  She had fun making her piece.  It reminded us all of our trip to Pigeon Forge last June.  We had so much fun there.  There is just not enough time to do everything!  We made a list of all the things we'd like to do if we ever got the opportunity to come back.

See Cordelia’s PigeonForge.com Kids’ Contest entry here!

Are you ready to help your little one enter the contest? See complete details at the PigeonForge.com Contests and Giveaway page.
Posted: 4/14/2014 2:52:44 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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