8,000-Attendee ‘Women of Joy’ Conference Signs Five-Year Pact with LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 15, 2013) – An event organizer who now has 18 major conferences across the U.S. told Pigeon Forge leaders more than a decade ago that he wished the city had more meeting space. His wish has been granted with the nearly completed LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, and he has booked […]

Pentecostal Youth Meeting Books Five Years at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 4, 2013) – The Pentecostal Fire Youth Conference, which started in 2003 with attendance of 250 and this year has 6,000 registrants, has committed to five annual meetings at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. The conference, which has been in Louisville, Ky., for the past four years, has a contract […]

Parade in Pigeon Forge To Honor Vietnam Veterans

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 18, 2013) – Vietnam veterans from across the U.S. will be in Pigeon Forge and Sevier County, Tenn., April 15-17 for a series of events that includes the “Welcome Home from Vietnam Parade” in Pigeon Forge. Adrian Cronauer, the Air Force sergeant who was the inspiration for the 1987 film “Good […]

Where a Quilt Is for More than Warmth

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2013) – Handmade quilts can be many things in one – a source of warmth, works of art, family heirlooms and more. Quilts in all their glory are the focus of A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge from March 12-16. Quilters and crafters from across the U.S. gather to enjoy a […]

‘Saddle Up’ Brings Cowboy Fun to Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2013) – Cowboy singers, cowboy poets and chuck wagon cooks are on the trail to Pigeon Forge for the 13th annual Saddle Up, Feb. 21-24, 2013. The four-day event, a tip of the hat to the American West, features concerts, a chuck wagon cookoff and other activities designed to entertain the […]

Artists Wield Chainsaws at Titanic Ice Event

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2013) – It’s likely that the fanciest ice sculptures you ever created were the fish-shaped ice cubes that came out of that plastic ice tray you bought at IKEA. To see what real ice artistry looks like, check out the third annual Titanic Pigeon Forge Professional Ice Carving Competition on […]

2012 Was Very, Very Good for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park rose to 9,685,828 in 2012. That’s a 7.5 percent jump, making 2012 the biggest year since the 10.1 million visitors in 2000, which remains the record. Park management credited mild weather last winter and spring as a big factor. Every month in 2012 had more visitors than the […]

Head South for Holiday Lights, Travel Writers Say

Half of the 10 destinations the Society of American Travel Writers recommends for holiday lights are in the Southeast. SATW members compiled a list of 10 destinations with light-up-the-night displays that might be lesser known than destinations such as Times Square in New York but still very much worth the trip. The five destinations in […]

Look! Up in the Sky!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2012) – A gigantic blue and green helium balloon has people all over Pigeon Forge pointing to the sky and admiring the city’s newest attraction. It is Wonders of Flight, an addition to the science- and fun-filled WonderWorks attraction on the Parkway. The Wonders of Flight balloon is 72 feet in […]

Veteran TV comedian Bob Nelson joins Comedy Barn cast

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 12, 2012) – Veteran stand-up comedian Bob Nelson, who has appeared on shows hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and Merv Griffin, has a new performance home at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge. Nelson performs at 5 and 8 p.m. nightly except Mondays. Nelson opened for Rodney Dangerfield […]