Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen to Open at Island in Pigeon Forge

Dining/retail project to join Margaritaville, Dollywood resort, event center in city PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Feb 27, 2014) – Paula Deen Ventures has announced it will open Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, a restaurant and retail operation, at the Island in Pigeon Forge, a mixed-use development in the heart of Pigeon Forge. It has a projected design, […]

Pigeon Forge’s Wilderness Wildlife Sets Attendance Record in New Home

Program visitation at LeConte Event Center totals 27,800 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2014) – Wilderness Wildlife Week, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and numerous outdoor recreation topics, relocated to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge the last week of January and set a program attendance record of 27,800. This was […]

Pigeon Forge Expands Wilderness Wildlife Week to 320 Programs, 55 Hikes

24th annual salute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park scheduled Jan. 25-Feb. 1 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2014) – Wilderness Wildlife Week, January’s highlight event for Pigeon Forge Winterfest, is growing to 320 indoor programs and 55 hikes, excursions and tours into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also is moving into a new home, […]

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Earns Newcomers’ Award from Magazine

ConventionSouth names it a ‘Top New or Renovated Meeting Site’ for 2014 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 2013) – The scale, quality and potential impact of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge already have earned it an accolade in the meetings industry. ConventionSouth Magazine, a trade magazine that has covered the meetings industry in the South […]

War Veteran, Football Star Rocky Bleier To Lead ‘Salute to Veterans Parade’

Pigeon Forge to honor all service members before launching Winterfest celebration PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2013) — Vietnam War veteran and Pittsburgh Steelers football legend Rocky Bleier will be the grand marshal of Pigeon Forge’s third annual Salute to Veterans Parade. The parade is Tuesday, Nov. 12, and is the lead-in to the city’s Winterfest […]

Tennessee Action To Open Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Five Days

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 16, 2013) – Tourism officials and business owners in Pigeon Forge celebrated as the National Park Service announced that Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be open Oct. 16-20. The park had been closed for 15 days due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, a situation that adversely affected […]

LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge Books First Athletic Event

Gymnastics competition to attract hundreds from several states in February PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 9, 2013) – A youth gymnastics competition expected to attract several hundred athletes from at least a half-dozen states is the first athletic event booked at the new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. Owners of the Make It Count Gymnastics Classic […]

Five Fall Foliage Vantage Points in Pigeon Forge

Drive-it-yourself alpine slide, 200-foot-tall observation wheel new to list PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2013) – Autumn in East Tennessee gets people thinking about two things, football and fall foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tourist destination of Pigeon Forge offers five very elevated ways to view what Mother Nature paints in the mountains […]

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Names Phil Campbell Facility Manager

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2013) – Hospitality industry veteran Phil Campbell has been hired as facility manager of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, a city-owned $45 million special events center that will open in September. Campbell began his hospitality career in 1981 and has been general manager of the MainStay Suites in Pigeon […]

Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff Set for Nov. 12 at Patriot Park

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 24, 2013) – Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will launch its 24th annual Winterfest celebration Nov. 12 with festivities in Patriot Park that conclude with the illumination of five million Winterfest lights throughout the city and a fireworks display. The lead-up to the evening’s activities will be the city’s third annual Salute to […]