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About Doug Shanks

Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

Dollywood Festival of Nations

Dollywood Festival of Nations returns in April For years, America’s favorite family attraction – Dollywood – has brought the diverse and exciting cultures of other countries to the park for one month. Its Festival of Nations returns April1-18, featuring more than 20 countries represented through authentic demonstrations of music, dance, food and art. Each day [...]

By |January 15th, 2016|Things To Do|0 Comments

Oak Ridge Boys Pigeon Forge

Oak Ridge Boys return to Country Tonite First Class Productions' series of concerts never disappoints: Its second performance for 2016 is The Oak Ridge Boys, a fan favorite returning to Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge. The country and gospel band will perform at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the theater, located [...]

By |January 15th, 2016|Things To Do|0 Comments

Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass

Bloomin' Barbecue and Bluegrass 12th annual May 20-21 Spring may still be a few months away, but Smoky Mountains locals and visitors are already counting down to one of the area's most popular events: The Bloomin’ Barbecue and Bluegrass festival, set for May 20-21, 2016 in historic Downtown Sevierville. The celebration welcomes nearly 37,000 guests [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|Things To Do|0 Comments

Dolly Parade

Dolly Parade Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade Celebrates 31st Year With often more than 50,000 visitors lining the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, it’s one of the area’s most anticipated events of the year: The Smoky Mountains’ sweetheart, Dolly Parton, will return as grand marshal of the 31st Annual Dolly Parade on May 6, 2016. The free [...]

By |December 24th, 2015|Things To Do|0 Comments

Pigeon Forge Quiltfest

Pigeon Forge Quiltfest A Mountain Quiltfest set for March 15-19 Quilt lovers can register now for the 22nd Annual A Mountain Quiltfest, set for March 15-19 at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. Quilters will compete in 20 categories for more than $22,000 in cash and prizes. The show is open to everyone, from quilters [...]

By |December 20th, 2015|Things To Do|0 Comments

New Years Eve Pigeon Forge Island

New Years Eve in Pigeon Forge The Island brings back New Year's Eve celebration Since last year's New Year's Eve celebration was such a hit, The Island in Pigeon Forge will repeat the festivities this Dec. 31 – and officials promise and even bigger and better party this year! The event kicks off at 6 [...]

By |December 20th, 2015|Things To Do|0 Comments