Pigeon Forge Recognized for Outstanding Events

At White Oak Lodge and Resort, we already know how great it is to visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. After all it’s home to Dollywood, The Island, fantastic family shows and much more.

But don’t take our word for it. The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism recently claimed eight Kaleidoscope Awards in recognition of the city’s special events during the 14th annual Southeast Festivals and Events Association conference.

Here are the events that won, so you can put them on your calendar for next year.

Saddle Up Festival – February

Awards: 4 Silver, 1 Bronze
Saddle Up! gives attendees the chance to learn, revisit or be entertained by the ways of the wild west right in the Smoky Mountains. Attendees will get to hear tales from cowboys, listen to country-western concerts, eat delicious cowboy trail food right from the chuck wagon, worship in Cowboy Church, learn some cowboy dance steps, participate in the Buckaroo roundup and more.

Saddle Up’s Chuckwagon Cookoff

Awards: 1 Silver
Cooks traveled with their chuck wagons from near and far, trading in modern day conveniences like running water and electricity for giant cast iron skillets and dutch ovens heated with hot coals from the fire just like chuck wagon cooks of the 1800’s. The veritable feast is served to Saddle Up attendees and the cooks were judged on the cowboy cuisine as well as the authenticity of their chuck wagons.

Wilderness Wildlife Week May 9-13

Awards: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
This event is coming up! Nature lovers, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts unite for Wilderness Wildlife Week. From educational programs designed for the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for the more adventurous, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs for all ages. This event is free and open to the public. Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the LeConte Center.

showcase of various brightly colored quilts at Mountain Quiltfest
See some of the most impressive quilts ever sewn at the Pigeon Forge Mountain Quiltfest.

A Mountain Quiltfest – March

Awards: 1 Bronze
Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting! Quilters from all around come together in Pigeon Forge for this ultimate quilting event. A Mountain Quiltfest 2017 is a five-day long event in March. Quilters can attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There will also be a quilt show that displays a variety of quilts for the public.

Make a point to check out one of these award-winning events on your next visit to White Oak Lodge and Resort, or find other Pigeon Forge events here.

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Photo courtesy of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.
Pigeon Forge Special Events Dept. Coordinator Drew Miller (left) and Pigeon Forge Special Events Manager Butch Helton (right) carried home eight awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association awards ceremony in Lexington, Ky., in recognition of the city’s special events.

Victoria Hoffman

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