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Registration for Pigeon Forge A Mountain QuiltfestTM Begins March 25

Quiltfest celebrates 30 years of craftsmanship and tradition with quilting classes, demonstrations, and workshops. PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(March 20, 2024)—Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain QuiltfestTM honors the art, traditions and community of quilting. In its 30th year, Quiltfest offers experienced and novice quilters a place to gather, learn, and celebrate June 3-6 at the LeConte Center at […]

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Dolly Parton Celebrates 2024 Pigeon Forge Family Challenge Champs

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(March 8, 2024)—Dolly Parton was on hand to celebrate the Falin family who took top honors in the 2024 Pigeon Forge Family Challenge. The seven-episode series aired on Pigeon Forge’s YouTube channel, where it is available for viewing at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/family-challenge. Dolly was on hand in the final episode which revealed the grand champion […]

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Dolly Parton Greets Season Passholders, Media during 2024 Preview Day

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 8, 2024) — Dolly Parton and Dollywood Parks & Resorts President Eugene Naughton welcomed guests and media to great fanfare during the opening ceremonies for the 39th season at Dollywood, her world-renowned Smoky Mountain theme park. Dolly shared an update on her busy winter, a look ahead to Dollywood’s 2024 season, and introduced some […]

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Southern Living Declares “Dollywood Is Better Than Any Other Theme Park”

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 6, 2024) — A new accolade has come Dollywood’s way just as the park prepares the grand opening ceremonies for its 39th season later this week. Southern Living named Dollywood as one of the South’s Best Attractions as part of its 2024 The South’s Best awards, with the article headline proclaiming “Why Dollywood is […]

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New Experiences, 1,350 New Hotel Rooms Lead 2024 Lineup in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Feb. 28, 2024)—With spring break travel just around the corner, Pigeon Forge has a full slate of new experiences for visitors to enjoy in 2024, including Dollywood’s Dolly Parton Experience, Nerf and Crayola attractions, something new at Titanic Museum Attractions, and 1,350 additional hotel rooms. Images available for download here. “Once again, […]

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Knoxville Journalist, Multimedia Storyteller Beth Haynes Hosts 2024 Pigeon Forge Family Challenge

Competition showcases five families and five attractions in the popular family vacation destination with a special appearance by Dolly Parton. Images and b-roll available for download here. PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—Longtime Knoxville journalist Beth Haynes is the host of the 2024 Pigeon Forge Family Challenge, a multi-episode series airing on the popular vacation destination’s YouTube channel […]

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Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show Embarks on Sixth Season of Fun, Adventure in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, TENNESSEE (Feb. 8, 2024) – Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is bringing the thrill of the seven seas to the Smoky Mountains, as it sets sail for its sixth season on February 9. The infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard and his crew will take guests on a swashbuckling adventure that features pirates, mermaids, high seas […]

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Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff Serves Up Authentic Cowboy Cooking, Dinner Concert March 1-3

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(Jan. 31, 2024)—The annual Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff is bringing frontier food and entertainment to the Smokies with competitive campfire cooking and a dinner concert for visitors to enjoy and explore. “Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff gives visitors and residents the chance to experience authentic chuckwagon cooking and cowboy entertainment in their […]

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Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort Named One of National Geographic’s Hotels We Love for 2024

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, January 30, 2024) — One of the world’s foremost publications, National Geographic, has named Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort as one of the top 22 hotels across the globe for 2024. Nat Geo staff also named Dolly Parton as one of their nine “Travelers of the Year,” calling her the “Hospitality […]

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Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton Team Up for 2024 Pigeon Forge Family Challenge

Five families vie for top honors in YouTube series featuring competitions at popular attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains vacation destination. PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—Jan. 22, 2024—Dolly Parton is keeping a big secret about Pigeon Forge. The entertainment legend and Pigeon Forge’s hometown gal knows which one of five families was crowned the grand champion of […]