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KIDabra International Conference is coming to Pigeon Forge August 11-15, 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

KIDabra International began in 1992 as the International Festival of Children’s Magicians. In August 2005, KIDabra International launched from these conferences to become what it is today. KIDabra International is known as the Association of KIDshow and Family Performers. The conference specializes in an intermediate to advanced focus on performing arts, businesses and careers.

The conference presents different ideas and ways of conveying messages, managing businesses, marketing, DIY show ideas, storytelling tips, and much more. KIDabra allows attendees to view different ideas, styles, viewpoints, theories and real world experience by interacting with other performers from around the country.

Speakers, Lectures and Hosts for KIDabra 2014 include: Terry Evanswood, Rachel Colombini, Donald Dunphy, Max Howard, Barry Hinnant, Kevin Heller, Tommy James, David Kaye, Ken Kelly, Jim Kleefeld, Julian Mather, Todd McKinney, Steve Metzger, Barry Mitchell, Marcela Murad, Todd Neufeld, Danny Orleans, Paul Osborne, John Reid, Michael Rosander, Jan Rose, Gary Shleton “The Kernal”, Ken Scott and The Great Zuchinni.

For information about the upcoming KIDabra conference being held at Music Road, a Chamber Member, visit

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Pigeon Forge Receives Prestigious Expedia Award

Friday, August 1st, 2014

SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee received today the prestigious Expedia Insiders’ Select Award for 2014.

Expedia Insiders’ Select is an annual award, recognizing the very best hotels available in the Expedia global marketplace, as judged by the experiences of Expedia customers. Based on nearly 2 million guest reviews submitted annually, SpringHill Suites by Marriott was one of only 650 winners worldwide, and one of only two properties in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge market to be chosen.  SpringHill Suites along with RiverStone Resorts have been identified by Expedia customers as consistently delivering superior services, an exceptional guest experience and value for money. Earning a place on the Insiders’ Select list is a testament to your ongoing commitment to excellence.


M Gibson Hotels Vice President of Operations, Joeseph Grieco, General Manger, Lori Van Price along with staff receive the Expedia Insider’s Select Award from Expedia representative Joe Donnelly.

For information on the award winning hotels:

SpringHill Suites by Marriott: 865-453-4514 |
RiverStone Resorts: 865-908-0660 |

Happy 6th Birthday, Smoky Mountain Wedding Association!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday to the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association!

The Smoky Mountain region is the Wedding Capital of the South. Over the years, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have come together to make weddings in this area memorable. Much of that cohesion stems from the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association.

The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association is a collaboration of various businesses in Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountain area. These businesses offer products, services or venues specific to the wedding industry. Chamber Members who also belong to the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association are: Angels View Wedding Chapel, Barn Event Center of the Smokies, Bennett’s BBQ, Bluff Mountain Rentals, Brookside Resort, Bullfish Grill, Cabin Fever Vacations, Climb Works Canopy, Fireside Chalets, Friendly Falls Events, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heartland Cabin Rentals, Hidden Mountain Resort, Imagine This Photography, In the Smokies Weddings & Cabin Rentals, Jackson Mountain Homes, Kennedy Concepts, Lumberjack Feud, Mama’s Farmhouse, Mountain Fresh Hospitality, Mountain Valley Chapel, Music Road Resort, Ober Gatlinburg, Park Vista, Rafting in the Smokies, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Riverstone Resort and Spa, Side-By-Side Entertainment, Smokey Mountain Sounds, Smoky Creek Cabin Rentals, Smoky Mountain Christian Village, Stellar Wedding Services, Sugar Hollow Weddings, Tennessee Riverboat Company, The Alamo, The Island, Titanic Pigeon Forge, Wilderness at the Smokies Resort and Wonderworks.

The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association started six years ago with only five members. As of now, there are 106 members of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association. All of these members are top notch professional businesses looking to help make weddings magical. Different categories of members include: Accommodations, Bakers, Photographers, Decorations, Ministers, Entertainment, Receptions, Chapels, Clothing, Hair Salons, Venues and much more! The members are a wonderful mix, allowing the bride and groom to have a traditional wedding or non-traditional.

The Smoky Mountain Wedding association meets every two months. Membership has incredible perks, including CO-OPs with national Bridal Magazines. The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association helps member businesses by generating more leads for weddings and business, providing listings and photos on the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association website, affordable advertising opportunities, networking and information on wedding statistics in the area. Smoky Mountain Wedding Association also helps with tourism in the community by promoting couples and their guests to visit the area.

“We (the SMWA members) want to let brides know what many wonderful wedding venues we have here in the Smoky Mountains so that they will have a beautiful and unique wedding they will always treasure” – Olga Wierbicki, SMWA President.

The SMWA website is:

Again, from the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce to the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association, Happy 6th Birthday!


Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee is Approaching!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee is quickly approaching. What does this mean for shoppers? What items are included in the tax free special? What items are excluded? Why does have a tax free weekend?

Tennessee is one of seventeen states in the US that take part in a sales tax holiday – AKA Tax Free Weekend. Each state has certain items that are exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday. For example: During Louisiana’s tax free holiday, hurricane preparedness items, firearms and ammunition (up to a certain amount) are tax free. Virginia has a tax free holiday on clothing, school supplies, green appliances and hurricane preparedness items. Not only do these holidays help consumers, but it also helps encourage business investment and development.

The State of Tennessee always has tax free weekend the first Friday of August and ends the following Sunday night. Tax Free Weekend 2014 will begin 12:01 AM on Friday, August 1 and ends Sunday, August 3 at 11:59 PM.

What is considered to be tax free during this tax holiday?

The State of Tennessee allows for these items to be tax free:

  1. Clothing
  2. School Supplies
  3. Computers

There are guidelines for each item.

Clothing ($100 or less per item)

Examples of tax free items during the holiday include:

Belts Hats Pants Socks
Caps Hosiery Scarves Sneakers
Coats Jackets School Uniforms Underwear
Dresses Jeans Shirts
Gloves Neckties Shoes

Clothing items are defined as human wearing appeal for general use. Items that are not included are accessories like jewelry, bags and sports equipment (baseball gloves are not tax exempt).

School Supplies ($100 or less per Item)

Examples of tax-free items during the holiday include:

Binders Erasers Paper Tape
Book Bags / Backpacks Folders Pens Clay and Glazes
Calculators Glue Pencils Paintbrushes and Paints
Chalk Lunch Boxes Rulers Sketch and Drawing Pads
Crayons Notebooks Scissors Watercolors

Specifically excluded are items such as instructional material, including reference books and school computer supplies (compact discs, printers and printer ink).

Computers ($1,500 or less)

During these holidays, computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, not for use in a trade or business, are exempt from tax. Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers. Additionally, there is no requirement that purchases be made only for students. If an item is tax exempt, anyone may make the purchase tax–free.

For purposes of this exemption, a computer is defined as a central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components, and preloaded software. While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible. Software beyond what is preloaded with the computer package is not exempt from tax.

The following items are not exempt from tax:

  • Computer parts, such as monitors, keyboards, speakers, and scanners when not sold in conjunction with a CPU
  • Individually purchased software or other software not part of a preloaded software package on the initial purchase of a computer
  • Storage media, such compact disks and USB flash drives
  • Handheld electronic schedulers
  • Personal digital assistants (PDAs) and electronic readers (i.e., Kindle, Nook, etc.)
  • Video game consoles
  • Computer printers and supplies for printers, such as paper and ink

What does this mean for shoppers? It will be a very busy time in the shopping areas here in Pigeon Forge. Tanger Five Oaks, Burkes Outlet in Pigeon Forge, Nike Clearance Outlet, Walmart in Sevierville and other locations will be bustling with many a shopper! Be prepared for delays when seeking out the bargains.

There are numerous shopping locations that will be having big sales and extended hours. Check out our friends at Tanger Five Oaks (, Burkes Outlet in Pigeon Forge (, The Nike Clearance Outlet in Pigeon Forge (, Walmart in Sevierville ( and more for hours of operation and sales during this exciting time!


An Outdoor Playground for All

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The weather here in the Smoky Mountains has been stunning this year! Amazing temperatures, nice breezes and light rain have formed a beautiful and ideal outdoor playground! It is a perfect summer for a picnic in the Smokies. Grab your favorite picnic foods and head down to the creek. Make sure that our cub reporter, Buddy Bear, doesn’t steal your picnic basket!

Park Entrance Sign

The Entrance to the National Park

Did you know that there are eleven picnic areas in the National Park and more just on the outskirts? All of these locations have plenty of room to relax and take in all that the Smokies offer. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Picnic areas are located at Big Creek, Chimneys, Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier, Heintooga, Look Rock, Metcalf Bottoms and Twin Creeks. A few of these locations stay open all year round so the outdoor adventure never has to end! Some of the locations even have pavilions that can be reserved for events. Go to to reserve a pavilion today!

An important fact to remember while visiting the National Park is that feeding bears and other wildlife is illegal. Feeding the wildlife is dangerous for visitors and the animals, alike. When visiting the area, please make sure the picnic area being used is completely cleaned and the garbage is disposed of correctly. This includes the table top and area below the table.

Bear trying to get in a bear proof trash can

Don't Feed the Bears

A great location in the National Park that is close by is Cades Cove. Cades Cove has a myriad of things to do such as biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, animal viewing, picnicking, and much more! The best time to head on the one way, eleven mile loop in Cades Cove for wildlife viewing is either early morning or late afternoon. Cades Cove Loop is open sunrise to sunset, with the exceptions of Saturday and Wednesday mornings until 10 AM. During that time, the loop is only open to foot traffic and biking.

When visiting Cades Cove, please allot between two to five hours, depending on traffic and the amount of time you wish to hike in the area. When hiking, keep in mind there are many different trails with different lengths. Abrams Falls and Cades Cove Nature Trails are both shorter trails (under 5 miles). Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top, both of which are longer trails, begin in Cades Cove.

A Deer spotted by the National Park Entrance

Oh Deer! A Young Deer Spotted by our Blogger in the National Park

The Sugarlands Visitor Center is another great stop when visiting the National Park. The Sugarlands Visitor Center has a free 20 minute video about the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, many animal displays of the wildlife and plant life in the area, maps and a large bookstore. The Visitor Center also has brochures and information on the history of the park. There are a few short hiking trails right beside the Visitor Center that is perfect for families with small children.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a natural playground with so much to see and do. Remembering to enjoy it, along with the vast number of other wonderful attractions, shopping and restaurants. When visiting the area, stop by the Sugarland’s Welcome Center and talk to the Great Smoky Mountains Association. They have a large amount of interesting and fun information about the park. Also, check out the different events offered by the Park Rangers and Volunteers at There are tons of classes and programs offered for Rangers and Future Rangers of all ages!


A Mountain Steam in the Smokies

A Beautiful Mountain Stream in the Smokies




Get Your SCREAM ON at Frightmare Manor!

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Frightmare Manor

Frightmare Manor

The Frightmare Manor Screampark is NOW OPEN for the 2013 Halloween Season!

Jeremiah Lexer, whose plantation has been the scene of the most notorious and gruesome murders in Tennessee history, personally invites you to experience the NEW and re-designed FRIGHTMARE MANOR, FRIGHTMARE NECROPOLIS and FRIGHTMARE CHAOS!

Hauntworld Magazine just named Frightmare Manor “One of America’s Best
Haunted Attractions!” and named them “The
#1 Must See Haunt in the State of Tennessee!”. Experience the
award winning Frightmare Manor for yourself and get your scream on for

Buy your Tickets online NOW at to avoid the General
Admission Ticket Booth Lines AND SAVE $4.00 ON VIP TICKETS! All Tickets
include a FREE Souvenir Group Photo, FREE Silicone Wristband, and FREE

For more information visit or!

True Terror Exists Here….

Frightmare Manor is located in nearby Talbott, TN.  Don’t miss it!

Frightmare Manor
7588 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy
Talbott, TN 37877

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival will be held September 19-21 at the fairgrounds off of 1-40. Come out to this 3 day event for great family fun. During the 3 day event, there will  be live Bluegrass Music from notable groups in the industry and also some local favorites. Groups such as Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Roys, Lonesome River Band, Floatt Lonesome and Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier are some of the bands that will be performing. On Wednesday September 14, there will be a potluck dinner for groups already on the property. If you plan on camping, reservations are needed in advance, The cost is $60 for 3 nights, Thursday-Saturday and all people who are camping must have a weekend pass that is $70/person. Remember pets are not allowed in the performance area and are welcome at all campsites while on a leash. Tickets for the festival will be available online through August 15th. After that date, tickets will be only available for purchase at the front gates.


12 and under are FREE

Weekend Pass- $75 in advance or $80 at the gate

Thursday- $21 in advance or $25 at the gate

Friday- $27 in advance or $30 at the gate

Saturday- $27 in advance or $30 at the gate

Parking is free with a fee for those who are camping

For more information visit

Wine on the Lawn

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Hillside Winery, which is apart of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, will be hosting Wine on the Lawn September 20th from 5:30pm-8:00 pm. Come out for a relaxing evening under the September sky for a fun time and bring your friends and family. Enjoy your favorite bottle of wine, go wine tasting and munch on your favorite wine foods. There will also be a corn hole tournament and giveaways. Bring your own chair or a soft blanket to sit on. This event is great for the whole family so be sure not to miss out on this fun event. For more information call 865-389-9490

Poynor’s Pommes Frites at The Island

Monday, August 26th, 2013

If you are looking for an unique food to try while in Pigeon Forge then head over to Poynor’s Pommes Frites at The Island. So what makes Poynor’s Pommes Frites unique? They are remembering the streets of Germany with authentic German foods. Some of their specialties include Pommes Frites, Belgium fries and homemade dipping sauces. They also have authentic German brats, fresh baked brochen and spaghetti ice. There is no place in Pigeon Forge that can make you feel like you are on the streets of Germany. Come to The Island for a little piece of Germany. ” danke! und guten Tag’

Ryan Newman at Nascar SpeedPark

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Nascar Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman will be at Nascar Speed Park Thursday, August 22 at 2pm to sign autographs. Newman is the #39 driver for Chevrolet and is ranked #15 in the industry.  In 2002, he received the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Awards, is the 2008 winner of the Daytona 500 and the 2013 winner of the Brickyard 400.  A limited number of tickets will be sold on – line and a drawing will take place at the event with the chance to race Ryan on the go kart- track. The autograph wrist band will include unlimited ride admission to all tracks, rides, climbing wall, bumper boats and 2 mini golf courses. Be sure to come out to Nascar Speedpark this Thursday to meet one of the best Nascar drivers in the business.