The Sevier County Fair runs September 3-8 at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.
With September just around the corner, the local rites of fall are soon to follow. And for those of us that call the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area home that means brightly colored leaves, footballs filling the the air and the time honored Sevier County Fair.
Like last year, the Sevier County Fair runs Labor Day week, September 2-7 at the Sevier County fairgrounds (754 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, Tn), near the Wilderness Resort of the Smokies.
So, what’s in store for 2013 you ask? Plenty… to go along with all your favorite fair food, rides, competitions and attractions of years past. There will be a Dairy Show on Monday night and back by popular demand this year the Goat Show, running on Friday night.
The Fairest of the Fair – one of the most popular pageants in East Tennessee is back on Monday and Tuesday night at 6 pm. Tuesday at 7 pm, come see the turtle races. Wednesday the Open beef cattle show and the modified lawnmower races start things off followed by an ice cream eating contest.
As always, there will be a clown circus in the arena from Thursday on. On Friday night, the cornhole championships is sure to bring in spectators at 7 to see the area’s best beanbag tossers followed by storytelling. Then be sure to stick around for some great live entertainment as some of the area’s best wrestlers mix it up in the squared circle.
Saturday gates open at Noon and from there you head straight over to the dog show to see some of the area’s cutest pooches perform and compete for prizes. Follow that day’s events up with a talent show that night at 6:30 and you’re weekend is set.
Schedule of events:
6 – 9 pm
Nightly Entertainment and Demonstrations
Poultry Show – Poultry Barn
Scavenger Hunt – Exhibit Hall (see Information booth)
“Days Gone By” Children’s Play Area
Monday, Sept. 2
Tuesday, Sept. 3 *
Gates Open – Opening Ceremonies
Fairest of the Fair – Little Red Barn Theater
Fairest of the Fair – Little Red Barn Theater
Dairy & Cattle Show – Cattle Barn
Junior Beef Cattle Show – Cattle Barn
* Tuesday is Canned Food Night. Each person who donates two (2) canned food items can purchase a $3.00 gate admission ticket. All donations will be given to the Sevier County Food Ministries.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
Thursday, Sept. 5 *
Open Beef Cattle Show – Cattle Barn
Junior & Open Sheep Show – Cattle Barn
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Dixie Stampede Whoadeo
Modified Lawnmower Races – Arena
Storytelling by Bill Landry, “Heartland Series”
Ice Cream Eating Contest
* Thursday evening is sponsored by Food City & Dixie Stampede. Buy One/Get One Free Ride Wrist Band coupons from Food City can be used on Thursday.
Friday, Sept. 6
Saturday, Sept. 7 *
Goat Show – Cattle Barn
Interactive Farm – Cattle Barn
Corn Hole Championship – Arena
Dog Show – next to Cattle Barn
Storytelling by Sam Venable
Talent Show – Little Red Barn Theater
Grilling Demonstration and Samples
Tractor Games/Olympics – Arena
presented by Rel Maples Institute for
KFW Wrestling – next to Arena
* Saturday is Senior Day. Admission – $2.00 for adults 60+. All proceeds from Senior Day admissions will be donated to the Sevier County Senior Center.
The Grand Spring Rod Run rolls through town in mid April on the way to Pigeon Forge.
Just because the Rod Run is held in Pigeon Forge every year doesn’t mean that Sevierville doesn’t take part in its own way. For all the parking along the parkway, there’s just as much driving on Main, gawking at chrome, and whistling on the road.
Sevierville should start seeing the classic cars roll through town on their way towards the Parkway in Pigeon Forge around April 10. The 2012 Grand Spring Rod Run is slated for April 12-15. From shiny, chromed-up, vintage models to the unique fixer-upper, there are cars to look at, cars to drool over and cars to buy. It’s a can’t miss event for every kind of gearhead.
Starting at traffic light No. 3 in Pigeon Forge and running almost all the way down the Parkway, cars are parked in every available parking space facing the road. Literally thousands of cars. You can see cars of every description, especially cherry, vintage, American steel: ’58 Corvettes parked next to Model Ts; a ’55 Bel-Air parked next to a ’38 Studebaker Bus. One of the nicest things is that the owners of these cars will be sitting near them. Look for the lawn chairs near the car and they can tell you everything from where they got it, to what they have done to it and with it.
Right behind the cars will be the vendors. Vendor booths, sponsor booths and demonstrations are just part of the weekend. From Hunter’s Custom Automotive to Ausley’s Chevelle, Camaro Central to ET Motorgear, all the big companies are there. Get the answers that may make your car pain your car passion, then head back to the strip.
Things get even more exciting at night. There is an almost constant parade of cars as the owners fire up their machines and cruise the strip. The rumbling up and down the streets of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville is continuous. Thousands of pounds of steel, chrome and glass doing what they were meant to do… cruise.
The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is the first of the big three car shows that literally take over the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville area every year. The other two car shows are Shades of the Past and the Fall Grand Rod Run. If you want to be a spectator, participant, or even a car show vendor then we have all of the information you need.
Cruisin’ the Parkway during the 2011 Spring Rod Run:
Pigeon Forge Spring Grand Rod Run Information:
When: April 12-15, 2012
Where: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
30 Days Before Event = $30
Within 30 Days of Event = $40
Outside Space (9×16) = $135
Inside Space (10×10) = $155
Sales Corral = $75
For more information about any of the Grand Rod Runs, contact:
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm EST
Hotels associated with the Pigeon Forge Rod Run:
(This is not a recommendation of these hotels…these are simply the places affiliated with the event. To see our recommendations, visit our list of the best hotels in Pigeon Forge)
Family Inns of America – West
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Family Inns of America – East
Pigeon Forge, Tenn
Family Inns of America – North
Pigeon Forge, Tenn
Family Inns of America – South
Pigeon Forge, Tenn
Family Inns of America – Twin Malls
Pigeon Forge, TN
865-429-2244 or 800-251-4444
Grand Inns of America
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-0056 or 800-247-8282
Smoky Shadows Motel and Conference Center
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-7155 or 800-282-2121
Again, For more information about the Spring Grand Rod Run or the Fall Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, contact:
Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm EST
Fred Brown, co-author of “The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith,” headlines the Rose Glen Literary Festival
Fred Brown, co-author of “The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith,” will present a luncheon keynote speech during the second annual Rose Glen Literary Festival on Saturday, February 25 at Walters State Community College Sevier County Campus. The event will begin at 9am and conclude at 2pm with the luncheon taking place at noon.
Brown and his wife, novelist Jeanne McDonald, co-authored the book which follows three families who are prominent in the serpent handling faith. As a journalist, Brown spent 16 years following the faith and getting to know many who practice it in order to accurately tell their stories.
“Fred Brown has an unparalleled knowledge of East Tennessee and ability to relay a story,” says Sevierville Chamber special projects facilitator and event organizer Carroll McMahan. “I feel certain he will deliver a memorable address comparable to the outstanding remarks last year from Lyn Bales.”
A working journalist for 45 years, Brown is retired from The Knoxville News Sentinel and is a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editor’s Malcolm Law Trophy for Feature Writing and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan.
Other confirmed writers for the Rose Glen Literary Festival include Robert Allen (retired FBI Agent) and Steve Watson (retired TBI agent) who are co-authors of “The Perry’s Camp Murders” as well as J.C. and Margaret McCauley, co-authors of “Growing Up in Cade’s Cove”.
Other authors include Greg Johnson (“Sanctuary”), Cathy Wilhem (“Inside the Darkness, a Walk Through Grief”), Ersa Rhea Smith (“Flying Bullets and the Resplendent Badge”), Emma Catlett and Glenna Julian (“Kodak Historical Cookbook”), Laura Long Martin (“A Beautiful View: Reflection on Bluff Mountain by Matriarch Marian Oates”), Veta King (“History of Pigeon Forge” and “Images of America, Pigeon Forge”), Lyn Bales (“Natural Histories” and “Ghost Birds”), Mary Phillips (“Booger: A Tall Tale”), Eric Ball (“Blue Mountain Mist Cookbook”), Donnie Lamon (“Riding to Newport”), Dr. Bruce Wheeler (“A Mountain City in the New South”), Jack Hodge, Arthur McDade (“Smoky Mountain Days” and “The Natural Arches of Big South Fork”) and Steve Cotham (“Great Smoky Mountains National Park”).
There is an $18 charge for attending the keynote luncheon, which includes a gourmet chicken pot pie lunch, a gift from The Old Mill Pottery and an opportunity to win door prizes. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. There is no fee to attend the other workshops during the day. To reserve your tickets, call Carroll McMahan at (865) 453-6411.
The 24th Annual Smoky Mountain Home Show runs February 3-5 at the Sevierville Events Center at Bridgemont.
The 24th Annual Smoky Mountain Home Show is back and better than ever February 3-5 at the Sevierville Events Center (202 Gists Creek Road) at Bridgemont.
Sponsored by the Sevier County Home Builders Association, the Smoky Mountain Home Show will take you through a beneficial maze of new home and existing home products. There will be displays of the latest products available from the home remodeler to the new home builder to the home decorator.
Event-goers can gather the latest tips and gain insightful advice from experts, specialists, and skilled professionals only found at the Smoky Mountain Home Show.
You’ll also be able to purchase the latest innovations in a number of categories including: Appliances, Architecture & House Design, Awnings & Shutters, Bathrooms, Brick & Stone, Builders, Cabinetry, Childrens’s Fun & Furnishings, Concrete Repair & Resurfacing, Decks, Decoration Items, Doors & Windows, Energy Saving & Environmental, Fencing, Fireplaces, Flooring, Furniture & Accessories, Garage Doors, Gutters, Health & Exercise, Heating & Air Conditioning, Entertainment & Home Theatre, Home Loans & Financing, Home Remodelers, Insurance, Interior Design & Decorators, Internet Services, Kitchen Cookware & Utensils, Kitchens, Landscaping, Lawn & Garden, Lighting, Marble & Tile, Offices, Organizing & Storage, Outdoor Living, Paint, Paving & Surfaces, Pest Control, Pet Care, Plumbing, Pool & Spa, Real Estate, Roofing, Satellite Equipment, Screens, Sunrooms, & Patios, Security Systems, Siding, Solar Equipment, Waterproofing, Water & Air Purification, Window Treatments & more.
Friday February 3, 2012 – 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday February 4, 2012 – 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday February 5, 2012- 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where can I purchase my tickets?
Tickets will be sold at the Home Show or through attending exhibitors.
$7.00 @ Door
Are refreshments available during the show?
Yes, refreshments will be available through concession.
Is parking available?
Yes, FREE parking.
Head to Gatlinburg for the area’s best New Years display if you’re coming to Sevierville.
If you’re in Sevierville for New Year’s Eve, head on over to Gatlinburg for the area’s most spectacular New Year’s display. Gatlinburg’s space needle in the middle of downtown is where all the action takes place around 11 pm Friday. Vendors will be handing out free party favors such for everyone who chooses to brave the crowds downtown in search of a memorable close to 2010. At midnight the ball will drop from the top of the space needle and fireworks will light up the night as everyone in the streets celebrate New Years in Gatlinburg, TN.
While you’re sure to see the show from the street, some of the best vantage points are from the balconies of hotels on the opposite side of the street from the space needle – that’s if you can secure a room. But don’t worry, there are also a handful of parking garages in the area that are good spots if you can get up top. Just look for the top of the space needle and you’ll be fine. If you are planning on driving out of Gatlinburg that night, park along River Road or on either end of town. Try not to park downtown… the closer you get to the space needle, the more likely you’ll end up staying the night.
More Gatlinburg info:
Local Phone: (865) 430-4148
Have a blast and HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us in Sevierville, TN!
The 2012 Sevierville Calendar of Events gives an in depth look at all the goings-on in Sevierville in 2012.
2012 Sevierville Event Calendar
Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest (Jan. 1 – Feb. 28) – See millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the Great Smoky Mountain area. 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378)
Knoxville RV Super Show (Jan. 6-8) – At the Sevierville Events Center for more information call (865) 453-0001.
New Pigeon Forge Exhibit Grand Opening! (Jan. 13) – New exhibit Grand Opening! Exclusive Limited Engagement! Year ’round in 2012. Behind the scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic.
2nd Annual Ice Carving Competition (Jan. 14) – One day only! Saturday, January 14- 2nd Annual Regional Ice Carving Competition.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration (Jan. 16) – Choirs, speakers and more at the First Baptist Church, Sevierville. (865) 428-2212
Smoky Mountain Home Show (Feb. 3-5) – Sevierville Events Center. Open to the public. For more information call Sandy Smith at (865) 453-4712 or go to www.SmokyMountainHomeShow.com.
Rose Glen Literary Festival (Feb. 25) – Lectures and book signings from Sevier County authors and those who have written books about Sevier County during the day-long event held at Walters State Community College. (865) 453-6411
Smoky Mountain Springfest (Mid-March – June 7) – Enjoy spring decorations, mountain wildflowers and plenty of great events during Smoky Mountain Springfest. For more information call 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378).
THE DINER RATS 4th Annual Shamrock Saturday Cruisin’ For Food (March 17) – Bring canned, boxed/non-perishable food or money for Sevier County Food Ministries & Wears Valley Ranch. Noon cruise from Tennessee Smokies Stadium at I40 exit 407 (HWY) 66 and cruise to THE DINER, rain or shine. Corned beef & cabbage, soda bread, shepherds pie are holiday fare.
Spring Corvette Expo & Auction (March 22-24) – Sevierville Events Center. Open to the public. (865) 453-0001.
THE DINER’s Spring Fling Cruise In (April 7) – The Smokies are bloomin’. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. Noon to 5pm , games, 50/50, drawings and prizes by 6pm. Help kick off THE DINER’s Cruise In season!
Women of Joy Conference (April 20-22) – Sevierville Events Center. Call 1-800-374-1550 or go to www.philwaldrep.org.
Stampede In The Smokies (May 3) – 3pm in the evening, meet and greet at THE DINER for Stuart and Angie Earp’s Stampede in the Smokies including the Yellow Mustang Registry being held at Dollywood. Lots of Hot Mustangs arriving here in the Smokies! Surprise games and prizes for participants.
THE DINER’s Mother’s Day Weekend Cruise In (May 5) – Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. Noon to 7pm, 50/50, games, drawings and prizes before 7pm. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. The mountains are green and summer rush is still to come. Special surprises for Mom!
Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass (May 18-19) – The largest event in Sevierville! Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, FREE bluegrass concerts from rising stars and bluegrass legends, kids games, great food and authentic mountain crafts. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415 or visit www.BloominBBQ.com.
Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals (May 19) – Vocal Competition honoring the songwriting of Sevierville’s hometown girl, Dolly Parton. Finalists sing one of 3,000 songs written by Parton in the style of their own choosing (rock, rap, country, pop, ect.) Entry deadline is April 8, 2012. www.BloominBBQ.com
Parker’s Greatest Knife Show (June 14-16) – Large-scale collectable knife show at the Sevierville Events Center. Open to the public. Go to www.bulldogknives.org or call (423) 892-0448 for more information.
Smokies Stadium All Star Game (June 19) – For more information call (865) 286-2300 or go to www.smokiesbaseball.com
THE DINER’s June Jam Cruise In (June 23) – Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. 2-9pm, games, drawings and prizes before 9pm. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. The mountains are green, summer is in full swing and the weather is perfect.
Rising Star Talent Competition (June 27-30) – At the Sevierville Events Center. Open to the public. For more information call (865) 453-0001.
THE DINER’s Hot Nights, Cool Cars Cruise In (July 28) – Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. 2-9 pm, games, drawings and prizes by 9 pm, 50/50. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. Summer is in full swing but it’s always cool by a mountain steam.
THE DINER’s Back to School Cruise In (Aug. 25) – Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. 3-10 pm, games, prizes and drawings before 10 pm. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine.
Sevier County Fair (Sept. 4-9) – Traditional hometown fair with a midway, carnival rides, games, contests and concerts at Sevier County Fairgrounds. For more information, please call (865) 453-0770 or visit www.seviercountyfairgrounds.com
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival (Sept. 13-15) – Enjoy three days of music from the nation’s best Bluegrass musicians. (865) 397-7942 or go to www.dumplinvalleybluegrass.com
THE DINER’s North to Sevierville or Quiet Side Cruise In (Sept. 29) – Sevierville Post Shades of the Past & The Grand Rod Run Fun to the south of us. Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. 3-10 pm games, drawings and prizes before 10 pm. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine.
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival (Oct. 1-31) – Enjoy the sites, sounds and smells of a Smoky Mountain Harvest. Leaf looking, special events, shows, shopping and attractions make this a great time of the year to visit Sevierville. For more information call 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378).
Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming (Oct. 6-7) – Old Fashioned homecoming celebration with a pumpkin patch, old time games, bluegrass and more. Sevierville artist Robert Tino also unveils his latest print.
THE DINER’s 8th Anniversary Cruise In (Oct. 20) – Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. 2-9 pm, games, drawings and prizes before 9pm. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. The most beautiful time of the year as the fall colors explode.
Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick Off Music, Lights & Magic (Nov. 5) – Free food, local entertainment, kids’ games and fireworks make this event fun for everyone! The evening wraps up with “flipping the switch” on the area’s first Winterfest lights. Call 1-888-738-4378 for more information.
Smoky Mountain Winterfest (Nov. 5- Feb. 28) – Enjoy millions of twinkling lights throughout the Great Smoky Mountains area. Call 1-888-738-4378 for more information.
Winterfest in 3D (Nov. 5 – Feb. 28) – Winterfest in 3D, glasses are available at the Sevierville Visitor Center on Hwy 66 while supplies last. These glasses help you see Winterfest in a whole new light as every point of light shifts into a snowflake. Call 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378) for more information.
THE DINER’s Veterans Day Cruise In (Nov. 10) – Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, plus more. Noon to 7 pm, games, drawings and prizes before 7 pm. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. Fall colors will usually linger until now. We honor our veterans, their commitment and sacrifices. American Legion Flag Ceremony included.
Sevierville’s 50th Annual Christmas Parade (Dec. 3) – A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal–Santa Claus! Parade begins at 11am and can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Ave. in historic downtown Sevierville, TN. Call 1-888-SEVIERVILLE (738-4378) for more information.
Parker’s Greatest Knife Show (Dec. 6-8) – Large-scale collectable knife show at the Sevierville Events Center. Open to the public. Call (423) 892-0448 or go to www.bulldogknives.com for more information.
Santa Hustle (Dec. 9) – This great winter themed 5K and half marathon will provide every participant with FREE Santa hat, beard and customized shirt. Everyone will love the holiday decorations, the Christmas music and the after party offering a buffet of food and plenty to drink. For more information call (865) 829-4536.
Cosby, TN puts on a festival about its self each spring and fall called: On Cosby. This festival celebrates the best that Cosby has to offer.
Cosby, TN puts on a festival about its self each spring and fall called: On Cosby. This festival celebrates the best that Cosby has to offer. With a list off crafters as long as your arm ranging from homespun crafts to local authors, you can spend hours browsing through craft booths. On one row you can spend your time visiting the political booths and another visit with nonprofit groups. Still another option would be to head over and tuck into the food. On Cosby is a great local festival surrounded by the beauty of the Smokies.
The craft show is a major part of the On Cosby festival. Featuring 50-plus vendors, this show incorporates both traditional mountain crafts and a few things that you probably haven’t seen before. Obviously the crafters try to bring items that they think the crowd will enjoy, so you will see lots of quilts, bears and log cabin home decor. There are always a few things made only for the area such as the hillbilly wine glasses and paintings on old barn boards. The creativity of the crafts-people at On Cosby never ceases to amaze. The common, everyday item can become a work of art and an item that you may have discarded becomes somebody’s keepsake; truly it is a trash to treasure scenario. There is even a local author selling autographed copies of her book and getting the word out about her novel, which takes place in the shadows of the Smokies.
This is a typical small town festival with all the usual baggage. The back row of booths is dedicated to nonprofits and political campaigns. Beside the Democrats and Republicans sit the Girls Scouts selling brownies and cupcakes. Right next to a church’s youth group raising money for a trip is the Appalachian Bear Rescue booth. All of the various groups around Cocke County seem to have come out to plug their issues and speak to the public. And while the non-profits are speaking, the public is eating and being entertained.
Located in the center of the festival is the main stage. This stage will host many different kinds of music over the three days of the festival. Gospel is always a crowd favorite but there will be some local bluegrass thrown in for good measure. Between acts the DJ will keep the sounds of the Smokies playing you through your visit to the On Cosby festival. Make sure to stop around the corner for a look back into Cosby’s past and visit the moonshine exhibit. This representation shows why Cosby got its name of being the moonshine capital of the Smokies.
Toward the front of the festival is the line of food tents and booths. Finger foods and full meals dot the row of booths. The smell of BBQ wafting over the crowd is sometimes snuffed out by the smell of popcorn and cotton candy. Drinks flow freely even though it is not that warm outside and the breeze brings the sound of children lining up for delicious ice cream. On Cosby is definitely a festival to attend. Bring an appetite; bring a chair to relax in and listen to the music; and bring your family for some good wholesome fun.
During the week of September 25 – October 2, 2011 WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, TN will be hosting Teacher Preview Days in which teachers and school staff can get up to two free passes by simply showing their school ID at the ticket office. If you’re a teacher or staff at a school, this is a great opportunity to see what WonderWorks has to offer and to discover what it can offer as a potential field trip for your class.
If you’re a teacher and thinking about planning an interactive, fun field trip, then you’ll want to stop by WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge next week. From September 25 – October 2, 2011 WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, TN, just outside Sevierville, will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation Week in which teachers and school support staff can get two free passes by simply bringing their school ID to WonderWork’s ticket office. If you’re a teacher or school staff, this is a great opportunity to see what WonderWorks has to offer and potential field trip offerings for your class.
RSVP is required for this event! Teachers +1 guest are free, and any additional guest are $9.99 + tax. Call to reserve today because space is limited! (865) 868-1800.
If more than 2 people plan on going, or you’re not a teacher or staff member of a school system and you’re interested in these dates, you can still use one of WonderWork’s official coupons to receive a discount at the door: http://www.wonderworkstn.com/coupons.htm