Comedy Barn® Theater Donates $10,000 to Wearwood Elementary School

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., May 12, 2018 — The Comedy Barn® Theater has donated $10,000 to help Wearwood Elementary School in Sevierville to build its new playground.

“We were happy to help Wearwood School,” said Jim Hedrick, vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment.  “We are all about fun at The Comedy Barn Theater and a new playground gives children more opportunities to laugh and have fun at recess.”

“The amount of $10,000 is a very generous donation and we appreciate Jim Hedrick and The Comedy Barn Theater so much,” Jon Manning, principal of Wearwood Elementary School said.  “We are beyond excited.  We have been raising money since the middle of September for a K-4 playground.  Wearwood grades K-4 have not had a useable playground in 15 years.  It has been a long time coming.  In the meantime, the children have used the middle school playground.”

Manning explained that the school reached out to churches and local groups for donations for the playground last fall.  “We thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support.  This $10,000 from The Comedy Barn Theater helps us get really, really close to our goal of $42,000. We are now just a few thousand dollars away and we are still taking donations.  Community involvement in a project like this builds a sense of pride and accomplishment in the community and we are very thankful for all of the help we have received.”

Manning explains that the old playground at the school was bulldozed last October.  With this latest donation, strides towards the new facility are moving forward. “We have ordered the products for the handicapped- accessible playground including a six-swing set, a climbing wall, rings and a slide.  We have bought as much as we can so far with our budget. As fundraising continues, we hope to add more features for the kids to enjoy. We are very excited and very blessed,” said Manning.

For those who wish to make tax-deductible donations, they can reach Manning at [email protected] or call Wearwood School at 865-453-2252.

Now in its twenty-fourth season, the multi-million dollar Comedy Barn® Theater continues to make audiences roar with its nationally-known, family-friendly comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, jugglers, and musicians. Open year-round, The Comedy Barn® has two shows nightly in season as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season.  Toll-Free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222.  Adult ticket rates are $29.95, plus tax, and children ages 3-11 are $9.95 plus tax. For more information, visit to get coupons and updates of the show.

The Comedy Barn® show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo.  In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.


CONTACT: Deborah Fee Newsom, (865) 774-8877 or (865) 414-6887 (cell); [email protected]