We’ve got a saying here in the Great Smoky Mountains: Good things come in threes.
However, that’s about the change in Pigeon Forge. The National Quartet Convention, coming to the new LeConte Center next month, will one-up our old proverb and prove that fours are even better!
The National Quartet Convention is one of the biggest annual events in Southern Gospel Music. Held previously in Louisville, Kentucky, this huge convention will bring thousands of folks and some familiar gospel acts to the Pigeon Forge Parkway for a solid week of concerts, events and more!
The NQC has been held annually since 1957, but this is the first year it will take place at its new home in Pigeon Forge. Approximately 40,000 musicians, fans and business representatives are expected to attend, according to event organizers. The 2014 convention will take place September 21-27 at the new LeConte Center, located at 2986 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge.
Visitors in town for the convention can expect to spend their days perusing booths representing musical artists, record labels, CD duplication plants, media entities, booking agents, Christian bookstores and other industry related organizations in the LeConte Center’s exhibit hall during the day. Then at evening hours, the sound of music will fill the hills thanks to the convention’s impressive concert lineup. Gospel fans will have a chance to see famed artists including:
• The Booth Brothers
• Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
• Gold City
• The Ball Brothers
• Karen Peck and New River
• And many, many more
pictured below: Karen Peck and New River
pictured below:Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
In total, visitors will have an opportunity to catch more than 100 performances over the week-long festivities.
In addition to taking over the new LeConte Center on Teaster Lane, you’ll find NQC events all over Pigeon Forge during the week of the convention. Other participating venues include the Music Road Convention Center and the Grand Convention Center. Transportation between events and locations will be easy thanks to Pigeon Forge’s trolley system!
If the thought of seeing internationally-known Southern Gospel acts doesn’t make your heart pump, this surely will: The National Quartet Convention festivities also include a 5K race to benefit the Southern Gospel Music Association, which is the group that operates the non-profit Southern Gospel Hall of Fame and Museum at Dollywood. This annual event is one of the group’s biggest fundraisers and the money gathered is essential for preserving the gospel music legacy!
Registration for the SGMA 5K is still open. Learn more about the race at http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?fEID=19054.
Other special events on tap during the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge include:
• Two special shows at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
• Special daytime showcases
• Special Dollywood tours for NQC visitors
Folks coming to town for the convention will find a wealth of Smoky Mountain activities to enjoy around Pigeon Forge during their down time. From sampling our down-home cookin’ at one of our favorite Pigeon Forge restaurants to working up a sweat on a Tree Top Ropes Course, we’re sure you’ll find something to enchant and delight you in our Smoky Mountain city!
Can’t make this year’s National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge? Don’t fret: Next year’s event is already on the books, too. It’s slated to take place September 27 to October 4, 2015, at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Learn more at http://natqc.com.