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Those lovable rubber sharks are back! The latest running of the Great Gatlinburg Shark Race will be held Saturday, September 21 at 3 p.m. Competitors in this popular event will race rubber sharks by dropping them in the Little Pigeon River. Hosted by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Great Gatlinburg Shark Race has been a great benefit to the community and the charities it has supported.
This year the Shark Race will benefit the Cherish the Child Foundation. Established in 2004, Cherish the Child is dedicated to finding a way to provide monetary assistance to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville. The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home aims to provide at risk children and teens with assistance through both Residential Care and Foster Care programs. The children’s home provides educational opportunities, family counseling, therapy, and structured group living accommodations.
In addition to benefiting a great cause, those that decide to purchase entrance in the race will have some excellent prizes to choose from. First place this year will be a Polaris RZR 800, and 2nd place in the race will net the lucky winner a $2500 shopping spree at Ogle’s Furniture. The first seven sharks to cross the finish line will all receive stellar prizes! Tickets start at just ten dollars apiece, and can be purchased at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, as well as online at the Cherish the Child Foundation’s website.
To find out about all the latest activities in the Gatlinburg area, be sure to visit our Smoky Mountain Events page!