Pigeon Forge Fall Celebrations

Sep 16, 2014

Dixie Stampede and The Old Mill host Fun Fall Celebrations

Two major Pigeon Forge attractions are offering fun fall celebrations on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dixie Stampede

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will host its 8th Annual Children’s Whoadeo. The event will feature a stick horse competition, carnival and free refreshments.

Kids ages 3-12 can register for the stick horse competition from 8-10 a.m. The carnival begins at 9 a.m., and the parade of horses and stick horses begins at 9:45 a.m. in the facility’s arena (stick horses can be purchased or homemade).

Children will receive free hotdogs, a Food City Kids Club backpack (while supplies last) and a one-day child’s ticket to Dollywood.

All children must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).

For more information, call (865) 774-8114 or email denisem@dixiestampede.com.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill’s 11th Annual Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Mill Square. Throughout the day, guests will be able to experience what a “day in the life” of a Smoky Mountain pioneer was like.

The event will be filled with music, food, fun and games for all ages; demonstrations and crafts; and storytelling and tradition.The_Old_Mill_Pigeon_Forge.png

Take a free guided tour of the 184-year-old mill and see how antique engines and farm tractors were used.

Demonstrations will include quilting; the creation of lye soap, sorghum, apple butter and moonshine; and cast-iron cooking over open fires.

Children’s arts, crafts and games will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A petting zoo, old fashioned games, train rides, live music and an arts and crafts tent will all be part of the action.

Pumpkin painting, a cake walk, bingo and a farmer’s market will be included as well.

Guests can enjoy Appalachian food like pinto beans and cornbread, chicken and dumplings, fried green tomatoes, potatoes and onions and more while they are entertained by world-class bluegrass, traditional folk songs, cloggers, dancers and twirlers.

Admission to the event is free. Guests are advised to bring chairs and blankets.

For more information, call (865) 428-0771 or visit www.oldmillheritageday.com.

About Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede – “essentially a modern-day Wild West revue,” as described by Wikipedia – is a dinner theater founded in 1988 in Pigeon Forge. Other locations include Myrtle Beach, S.C. (1992) and Branson, Mo. (1995). Each location features a show with 32 horses, dozens of cast members, pig races and chickens.

Sections of the audience are pitted against each other in a good-natured way as “the South” and “the North” battle to win various horse-riding competitions. A recording of Parton’s “Sha-Kon-O-Hey!,” her Native American hit, is played during the performance.

About The Old Mill

Located along West Fork of the Little Pigeon River, the Old Mill (also known as The Pigeon Forge Mill) is the only structure in Pigeon Forge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill complex currently consists of a millhouse, breast shot wheel and milldam, all of which are operative.

Now a restaurant and souvenir shop, it was once part of a small industrial complex established by local businessman Isaac Love. It included the iron forge for which the city was named.

With so many exciting and family-oriented events happening, now is the perfect time to reserve your Pigeon Forge Cabin . We look forward to hearing from you!

Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a 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.

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