Cades Cove Event to Showcase Full Moon Over the Smokies

Giant red moon rise over dark northern forestWhen your family visits the Smoky Mountains in the fall, there’s a good chance you will have Cades Cove on your list of places to go. As one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove is filled with historical buildings and beautiful wildlife. To experience the beauty of the night sky in the Smokies, Cades Cove is offering a nighttime walk to enjoy the full moon over the mountains. Continue reading

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Hang Out with Stars on September 28

Giant red moon rise over dark northern forestAlthough the leaves begin to change in the fall season, that’s not the only thing that brings people to the Smokies. Brightly shining stars glow through the clear skies on cool autumn days, making the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a wonderful place for stargazing. Continue reading

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Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament April 6-7

Man fishing in the sunsetPresented by the Rocky Top Outfitters it the 14th annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. Held in the spring from April 6th – 7th, 2013, this major event attracts fishermen and visitors from across the country to compete for winning titles, amazing prices and an overall enjoyable experience with others who have the same interests and hobbies. This fun and exciting event welcomes visitors and participants of all types and ages including children, adults, locals and tourists. Before the start of this 2-day event, more than 10,000 are stocked in over 20 miles of streams that will be used for tournament fishing. Head to the Smoky Mountains, show off your fishing skills and you may be lucky enough to take home a portion of over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Registering for the Event
Those who are interested in participating in this major Gatlinburg, Tennessee event can register in advance for their spot in the competition. Fishers are welcome to register by phone, mail, online or in person at Smoky Mountain Angler on the East Parkway in Gatlinburg’s Winery Square. You may also visit Rocky Top Outfitters for more information on registering for and participating in the annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament this spring 2013 season.

Tournament Prizes
Prizes will be handed out to those who win in various aspects of the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament such as catching the most trout, the largest trout and the smallest trout. Other prizes may be awarded in special drawings held throughout the duration of the event. Some amazing prizes include $500 for the largest trout, $500 for the smallest trout, trophies, gift certificates to local area shops, fishing equipment, complimentary hotel stays and passes to nearby attractions such as Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede. Additional prizes will be announced during the festivities.

Event Rules
While many come out to the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament to enjoy their favorite sport and hobby, there are some rules that must be taken into consideration to compete in the event and claim prizes. One hand-held rod and single hook only is permitted at the event. No fishing can be done before or after the event on event days and as stated. Only trout will be weighed and no other fish will count in the tournament. All trout caught in the competition must be weighed at Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge, traffic light #7.

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12th annual Southern Select Alpaca Show

Alpaca hiding behind a treeA very special experience awaits those planning to attend the 12th annual Southern Select Alpaca Show who arrive in the Sevierville, Tennessee, area even one day prior to its March 1, 2013 opening. February 28th is the last day to enjoy the 23rd annual Sevierville Smoky Mountain Winterfest replete with thousands of LED holiday lights displays throughout the town. Special 3D glasses enhance the experience as lights transform into snowflakes. In addition to enjoying camel rides and a petting zoo, winterfest visitors are encouraged to visit a retail outlet where they may purchase lights displays to use at home.

The 12th annual Southern Select Alpaca Show takes place at the Sevierville Events Center from March 1-3, 2013. Sponsored by the Alpaca Breeders Association with a membership of 75 alpaca farms, the event affords the general public an opportunity to learn about alpacas and their byproducts, especially alpaca fleece. Demonstrations and informational sessions provide the opportunity to see how the wool is processed, spun and fashioned into gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters and other garments. For many, a highlight of the event is watching alpaca handling competitions, their subsequent judging and trophy award presentations.

For alpaca handlers, one highlight of the event is the auction sale of alpaca entrants with proceeds going to their handler/owners. Many attendees look forward to the silent auction where crafts, alpaca garments and other donated items are sold with proceeds benefiting the associational coffer for next year’s event.

Only in nearby Pigeon Forge can one experience indoor skydiving at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, home to the only actual skydiving simulator to be found in the United States. With all necessary gear provided, following a 20-minute instructional and demonstration video presentation, participants in groups of five enter the simulation tunnel accompanied by a qualified diver for a 15-minute session to experience the thrill of skydiving.

One must-see in the area is the Dolly Parton Theme Park formally known as Dollywood. This 118 acre fun-land ranked as Tennessee’s biggest ticketed attraction is filled with rides and games guaranteed to delight all ages. Be sure not to miss the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and museum.

Speed Zone Kart Track is the place to be for NASCAR fans who dream of racing around the track with their favorite driver. An oval track similar to an actual track affords visitors 16 years of age or above to experience all the thrills from the starting flag to the finish-line. A special track is available for younger fans ages five to 15 and a minimum of 56 inches tall to experience the same thrill in a one-passenger vehicle.

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Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic

Young gymnast competing in the stadiumThe Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic is scheduled to be held at the Sevierville Convention Center from February 22, 2013 through February 24, 2013. Hosted by Drew Davis, Dough Jonuska and Tim Richards, this main event brings gymnasts from around the country together to celebrate their skills in a fun summer vacation setting. The host resort is the Wilderness at the Smokies. Here, attendees can have a blast at the water park and other exciting amenities while they are not competing. While the Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic is about showing off your skills as a gymnast, it’s also about having a fun-filled time with others your age who enjoy the same activities that you do.

All host resort rooms include water park passes for the duration of your stay. While dining at the restaurant, children will always eat free, saving you even more money on this amazing vacation experience. Hotel reservations for groups attending the event must be made in advance. While many come to the event to compete, others come to watch the excitement unfold. Event tickets can be purchased at the will call window with single and multi-day passes available.

Entry fees apply for different events within the competition. Women’s level range from 3 to 10 and Excel. Men’s levels range from 4 to 10. Women’s and men’s team competitions are also scheduled to be held for teams interested in participating in the event. Custom medals will be awarded to individuals and teams that rank during the Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic.

While attending the Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic in Sevierville, Tennesee, there are many other attractions that you can see and explore. Just minutes away in the town of Pigeon Forge, visitors will find the popular Dollywood Amusement Park. Ride thrill and family-friendly rides, see live shows and watch demonstrations at craftsman shops. Dollywood’s Splash Country, the Titanic Museum, the Dinosaur Walk Museum and the Chasing Rainbows Museum are just a few other attractions within the area just waiting for you to visit them. Another main area of interest located just minutes away from the Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. From a variety of restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe to fun attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Aquarium, everyone will find something to enjoy while visiting here. Be sure to purchase professional photographs during your Smoky Mountain Gymnastic Vacation Classic experience to cherish the memory.

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Smoky Mountain Winterfest – Winter Activities in The Smoky Mountains

Winterfest signA series of winter activities in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville TN transform resort towns into winter wonderland with a four-month winter calendar of special events and things to do in The Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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Smoky Mountains Winter Activities

Smoky Mountains Winter Activities

Winterfest in The Smoky Mountains is full of excitement and things to do for all ages. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Winterfest activities, an annual celebration that spanning the entire winter season. Join in on all of the fun and Smoky Mountains winter activities as the popular resort towns transform into one gigantic winter wonderland with special events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Continue reading

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Smoky Mountain Fall Colors – Fall 2012 is predicted The Great Smoky Mountains most colorful season in years

Smoky Mountain Fall ColorsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Smoky Mountain Fall Colors 2012

Fall 2012 is predicted The Great Smoky Mountains most colorful season in years
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in TN., kick off 2012 fall season after sights of vibrant leaf colors were reported in higher elevations by Park officials.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (October 2012) – Sevierville, Tenn., Sep. 23 marked the 2012 fall calendar season for The Great Smoky Mountains when sights of vibrant leaf colors were reported by officials at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

On October 10th http://www.nps.gov reported:

“Fall colors are at or slightly past peak at high elevations in the park. Color is beginning to show in middle elevations. At lower elevation, scattered patches of color have developed, but the majority of trees are still green.”

Fall colors travel down the mountain sides from elevations of 6,000 feet, descending to 2,500 feet covering Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, TN. The Smoky Mountains leaf season last several weeks spanning from early September. through mid Nov. attracting large numbers of sightseers the last three weeks in October.

According to The Department of Tourist Development website http://www.tn.gov ,

“It is bright sunny days and cool nights – void of freezing temperatures – to ensure that the sugars stay in the leaves, thus providing The leaves vibrant colors.” Leaf goers can now view the best reds throughout the month of October. Colors can still be seen into the early weeks of November, but to a lesser degree.

Visit My Smokies meteorologist,Paul Poteet, reports weather will directly impact how much fall colors sightseers will get to enjoy. With 8 of the next 24 days expected to rain leaves can be expected to keep up longer and with brighter colors.Timing of fall color change depends upon numerous variables. The exact dates of “peak” season is impossible to predict in advance.

For more information regarding fall weather predictions visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5Dk5VDSGlY

To learn more about fall festivities, events, lodging, attractions, dining and shopping in The Great Smoky Mountains Link to: www.visitmysmokies.com

Contact:
inquire@visitmysmokies.com
1(800) 891-9782
100 East Main Street Suite 302, Sevierville, TN 37862

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Save Money in the Smoky Mountains

Vacations cost money, right? That’s always one of the discussion points before you head away from home – how much, what if we stay here instead, eating out versus cooking at the cabin, etc. Well, if you’d like to save money while on vacation in the Smoky Mountains (stay with me here), come to Sevier County the first weekend of August. Continue reading

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