Harvest Fest Kicks Off September 2014
It’s not too late to book your room at Crossroads Inn or Twin Islands hotel for the area’s annual celebration of the fall harvest. The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival isn’t just one day, weekend, or even week: it’s all season long! Businesses will begin decorating their storefronts with pumpkins, gourds, hay bails and scarecrows as a testament of gratitude for bountiful blessings and the forthcoming burst of colors!
Pigeon Forge starts fall with the rumble of the Shades of the Past Rod Roundup, taking place Friday and Saturday, September 5-6. This annual car show takes place at Dollywood’s Splash Country just off Veterans Parkway. Trolleys will run to and from Gate #2 or there is 15 acres of free parking directly across from the water park. For $10/day, parking and tram transportation is available from Dollywood lot F. This show features a giant exhibition area, vendors, swap meet, giveaways and cash prizes. Spectator cost is $10/pp per day, ages 12-under are free. Bring your camera!
The very next weekend brings the annual Pigeon Forge Grand Rod Run, bringing thousands of visitors and car enthusiasts to the Pigeon Forge Parkway. For catching the best glimpses of the “oh so cool” hot rods, you’ll want to park a lawn chair along the sidewalk or plan to walk the strip! Hot Rods will be in town from Thursday-Saturday, September 11-13. In addition to the anticipated car shows, Pigeon Forge also hosts the October 4 “Stomp out Cancer 5k” walk, run, and stomp along the Rocky Top Wine trail, and Country Tonight Theatre features country legend Don Williams on October 17-18.
If you love fall, food, and blue grass, plan to be at the Dumplin Valley Blue Grass Festival September 18-20. The festival takes place at Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodak, TN just off Hwy 66. Two additional car shows take place in Sevierville; one is Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds October 4-5 and the 2nd is the Fall Corvette Expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark happening October 17-18.
Gatlinburg keeps it simple with two great events. On September 20, the special Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum is a fall harvest celebration that brings many different demonstrations to the public including but not limited to making soap, sorghum molasses, and more. Planned for October 9-26 is the Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair, featuring over 200 booths of craftsman goodies. Live music daily!
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