Chuck Wagons Head to Pigeon Forge for Cowboy Cookoff

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2016) — Visitors to Pigeon Forge can sample a taste of the Old West, prepared by authentic chuck wagon cooks, on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Saddle Up Chuck Wagon Cookoff and Lunch are part of Saddle Up, a five-day celebration of the American West, Feb. 17-21. Chuck wagons were a vital […]

‘A Mountain Quiltfest’ To Showcase Distinctive American Folk Art

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2015) – Quilts – the kind your grandmother made with love, skill and tradition – are the focus of A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge from March 18-21. The festival revolves around almost 80 classes led by nationally recognized instructors, a 20-category competition with more than $22,000 in prizes, a vendor […]

CXE Cheer Competition To Draw Thousands to Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2015) – The Neon Extreme National Championships, a cheer competition that is part of the CXE GLOW TOUR, will showcase all-star, recreational, scholastic and collegiate talent in a competition that could bring as many as 9,000 visitors to Pigeon Forge this spring. The event, an expansion project for CXE Cheer in New Market, […]

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Pulls in 250,000 People, Generates Millions of Dollars in Local Spending, Taxes

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2015) – Pigeon Forge’s events center in its first year pumped multiple millions of dollars into the local economy and had an estimated attendance of more than 250,000 people. Independent research on just three of the 25 events to date – the National Quartet Convention, the Celebrators Conference and the Fall […]

Wallace Hardware Show Growth Prompts Fifth Relocation

  LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge opens way to ‘new generation’ of events PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 2014) – Wallace Hardware in Morristown is relocating its semi-annual dealer market for the fifth time because of continuing growth, this time moving to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. Wallace Hardware has presented dealer markets since 1967 […]

Tour Companies Put Pigeon Forge Under Microscope

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Pigeon Forge is putting itself on display for 55 VIPs this week in hopes that they will bring thousands of tourists to this Great Smoky Mountains resort town. The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism put the word out to the group sales industry about a three-day familiarization tour […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]