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Pigeon Forge Marks One-Year Wildfire Anniversary By Reuniting, Honoring First Responders From 64 Stations Who Answered The Call To Battle Historic Blaze

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 7, 2017)—Three weeks prior to the one-year anniversary of the historic wildfires that struck Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this East Tennessee community, the city of Pigeon Forge reunited, for the first time, first responders from 39 of the 64 fire stations who came to the city’s aid on Nov. 28, 2016.

City officials invited more than 300 first responders to a surprise ceremony on Tuesday, evening, Nov. 7, to unveil a permanent tribute wall as a lasting symbol of the town’s gratitude and appreciation for their efforts. In addition to the first responders, the tribute wall is dedicated to those from all walks of life who came to the city’s aid. While the first responders battled the blaze, donations poured into Pigeon Forge from across the country, including food, bottled water, and clothing as well as assistance from individuals who volunteered countless hours. Donations continued in the weeks that followed.

First responders spent the afternoon before the dedication ceremony enjoying lunch in the apparatus bay of the Pigeon Forge Fire Department. Over Southern favorites of fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, green beans, cornbread and sweet tea, first responders reminisced about their roles on that November day. The fire hall received an unprecedented number of food donations in the days and weeks immediately following Nov. 28. From individuals who prepared meals in their home kitchens to restaurants throughout East Tennessee, an endless supply of meals, snacks, beverages and other items, along with volunteers to serve them, kept first responders nourished.

“In the firefighting and first responder family, the shared experience of battling any event, but especially one of this magnitude, weighs heavily on our hearts and minds,” said Pigeon Forge Fire Department Chief Tony Watson. “This is the first time our greater family has had an opportunity to share our stories and the powerful emotions associated with them. It was a day to remember, share stories, hugs, and a few tears.”

Entitled For Those Who Answered The Call, the tribute wall anchors the city’s Patriot Park and features original artwork by Nashville-based designer Josh Ford. Iconic representations of Pigeon Forge, the Great Smoky Mountains and first responders are etched into the 4,400-pound 10-foot by 10-foot stainless steel wall inside a heart, a symbol of the community, its residents and the more than 10 million visitors who travel to the vacation destination each year. The opposite side lists various local, state and national agencies, organizations and businesses that supported the community during the event. Included among the entries is entertainment legend Dolly Parton, who spearheaded a telethon that raised more than $9 million to aid those affected by the fire.

“Pigeon Forge owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to so many but especially our first responders who selflessly and tirelessly gave of themselves to protect Pigeon Forge. This tribute wall will forever represent every person in every city and town who thought of us in our time of need. From prayers and food to monetary donations and supplies, folks across the country and around the world carried Pigeon Forge through this event. This is our lasting tribute to every act of generosity and kindness shown us,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster.

“We often think of our community as our immediate surroundings,” said Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear. “This event greatly demonstrated that the Pigeon Forge community extends far beyond our city’s boundaries and includes people from around the world, many who have visited Pigeon Forge and some who simply feel a strong affinity for the Smoky Mountains. All of them answered the call, as did the first responders who were on the front lines.”

The November 2016 wildfires burned a total of 17,140 acres in Sevier County (Tenn.) The wildfires originated from multiple locations including an arson fire set at Chimney Tops inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park and from downed power line ignitions throughout the county. Fueled by extreme winds and dry weather, the fire storm resulted in 14 fatalities, 190 injured individuals, damage to approximately 2,500 structures, and an estimated $500 million in damage.

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Link to b-roll of the tribute wall dedication ceremony: https://app.frame.io/r/HnEWVdCB

Link to images of the tribute wall dedication ceremony: PigeonForgeFirstResponderTributeImages

Photo credit: Steven Bridges for the Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism

Media Contact:        Trish McGee

for the Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism

tmcgee@bohanideas.com

865-654-6242

Dollywood Makes Largest Entertainment Investment In History

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, November 3, 2017)—Dolly Parton today announced an unprecedented entertainment lineup to ensure the spotlight remains solely on her Dollywood theme park. The performing icon unveiled her unwavering commitment to Dollywood’s family entertainment offerings with an extraordinary investment for 2018.

Hailing the year as a “Season of Showstoppers,” Parton announced an entertainment lineup which represents an investment $1 million greater than any season-long entertainment schedule in the park’s history. Headlining 2018 are performances by The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, T.G. Sheppard, Suzy Bogguss, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Crystal Gayle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and a host of other award-winning artists.

“Music is the universal language that unites all of us,” Parton explained. “It celebrates our people, our families and our communities. I’ve made music my life’s work because I feel each and every one of us has a special song to sing. I’ve made sure that here at my Dollywood, we use music to encourage and inspire those songs in each and every one of our shows.”

Dollywood’s 2018 entertainment roster reads like the nomination list from an awards ceremony. A range of performers—from CMA Hall of Fame members to emerging artists—ensure there is something for everyone. Combined, the headlining artists performing at Dollywood in 2018 have 42 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, 30 Grammys, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Country Music Awards, five American Music Association Awards and 62 Dove Awards.

It all begins with Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (March 17-April 9) which includes headliners National Dance Company of Siberia, The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Hailing from South Africa, internationally-known Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo—who worked with Parton on her 1996 album Treasures—has teamed with Paul Simon, Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, and many more.

April plays host to three weeks (April 11-29) of stellar performances during the all-new Spring Mix music series. Dollywood guests can expect performances by Dollywood entertainment alumnus Bogguss, Sheppard, Pam Tillis, Gayle, Connie Smith and Shenandoah during the first week of the event. The second week plays host to artists such as Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Larnelle Harris, David Phelps and comedienne Chonda Pierce – also known as “The Queen of Clean.”

Classic artists like The Marshall Tucker Band (Can’t You See and Heard it in a Love Song), The Drifters (Under the Boardwalk and Save the Last Dance for Me), Debby Boone (You Light Up My Life), The Atlanta Rhythm Section (So Into You and Imaginary Lover), Firefall (Just Remember I Love You and You Are the Woman), and Al Stewart (The Year of the Cat and Song on the Radio) entertain park guests during the final week of the event. Individual concert dates and show times will be announced at a later date.

Already one of the nation’s best bluegrass events, Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25- June 10) adds an extra week of concerts from the biggest names in the business. Guests should expect hundreds of live bluegrass performances during the festival with headline shows from Grammy and IBMA winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and IMBA winners Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, and many more.

Families have a multitude of world-renowned options to keep them entertained during Dollywood’s Summer Celebration. iLuminate, finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2011, bring their electrified glow-in-the-dark costumes to DP’s Celebrity Theater to perform dynamic dance routines and illusions to thrill guests. Summer 2018 also sees international touring sensation DRUMLine Live! visit the park with riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. Developed by the consultants of the hit 2002 movie Drumline, the band featured in this exhilarating show creates a synchronized musical masterpiece for guests—it’s more than just the typical halftime performance! Dan Dunn—America’s favorite speed painter—brings his innovative and mesmerizing PaintJam to Dollywood. Audiences will be astonished as he creates stunning works of art on a spinning 360-degree canvas, while he dances and moves throughout the performance.

Dollywood’s popular Rock the Smokies moves to August 25 with TobyMac and Crowder serving as headliners. Multiple contemporary Christian artists perform throughout the park during this exciting conclusion to the summer.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 28 – Nov. 3) provides more fall family fun with the expansion of the new guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the largest Southern gospel event in America. During the festival, several hundred performances by Southern gospel royalty take place during the day, while at night, thousands of carved pumpkins illuminate the dark with an expanded number of displays and activities for families to enjoy.  Dollywood guests also can enjoy the spectacular artistry of visiting crafters from across the country, or sample the special harvest-themed food items from Dollywood’s award-winning foods team.

Dollywood’s 2018 season again ends with America’s favorite theme park holiday event, Smoky Mountain Christmas. Voted as the best theme park Christmas event for a decade, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019) features four million spectacular lights, classic holiday entertainment—including Christmas in the Smokies and It’s a Wonderful Life—Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Friends, and the heartwarming Parade of Many Colors 

Dollywood won the 2017 Golden Ticket from Amusement Today for Best Entertainment at any theme park in the world. The honor was the ninth consecutive triumph for the park in that category. With Parton’s commitment to entertainment in 2018, Dollywood looks to lead the way in securing its 10th victory in the category.

Dollywood continues to celebrate its Year of the Family this season with a number of exciting festivals, performing groups, and two new attractions—Drop Line, a 230-ft. tall free-fall experience, and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster designed for Dollywood’s younger visitors. The season ends with America’s favorite Christmas theme park event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018). Guests can upgrade their park admission during the Christmas festival to a season pass and receive next year for free!

For more information about Dollywood’s 2018 entertainment lineup, please visitwww.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room athttp://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room

 

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin Luminights Provides Families With Memory-Making Opportunities

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, August 18, 2017)—Dolly Parton today shared plans with media about her award-winning park’s upcoming harvest and Christmas events, as well as a new album project which features music from Dollywood’s Little Engine Playhouse.

“I love fall in the Great Smoky Mountains,” Parton said during the media event. “It truly is one of my favorite times of the year to come home. God’s coloring book is in full display with the Great Smoky Mountains painted in reds and golds.

“I’m also really excited to be here to let you know about our brand new nighttime event we are adding for families in October called Great Pumpkin LumiNights. You know, people from all around the world know us for the millions of twinklin’ lights we put up at Christmas time. Well, when guests see thousands of these glowing pumpkins all lit up in Timber Canyon, they’re going to have that same special feeling. We think Great Pumpkin LumiNights will become just as popular with families as our Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of new family traditions made this October!”

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 29- Oct. 28) provides families with great Southern gospel entertainment during the day and fabulous fall fun during the evening thanks to the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights. This season marks the first time the Smoky Mountain theme park has opened every day—and stayed open after dark—during its family-favorite harvest event. The expanded operating schedule allows Dollywood to provide guests with additional autumn experiences designed to help them create cherished family memories.

The biggest names in Southern gospel take to stages every day throughout the park with more than 500 individual performances during the run of the festival. Additionally, Great Pumpkin LumiNights offers whimsical, family-friendly activities that are sure to make this event a new harvest tradition.

Families will bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins as they wander through immersive harvest-themed displays throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together. With so many carved pumpkins needed to create Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood has a number of “pumpkin artists” who will host demonstrations to help guests learn how to produce the perfect pumpkin masterpiece.

Unique harvest games and attractions—including a glow maze—for kids, a nightly Pumpkin Boogie dance party, and friendly costume characters help add to the festive atmosphere. New themed food options and exclusive harvest-themed Coca-Cola products make Great Pumpkin LumiNights the place to be when the sun goes down in the Smokies.

Alongside Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood once again hosts the largest Southern gospel music event in America with the biggest names in the genre visiting the Southern Gospel Jubilee. Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 21-22), Guy Penrod (Oct. 23-24), The Isaacs (Oct. 12-13), The McKameys (Oct. 6-7), Gold City (Oct. 2-3) and many more provide inspirational music to fill the autumn air.

The park’s Year of the Family continues with America’s most-loved holiday theme park event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 4- Jan. 1, 2018). Honored for nine-consecutive years with Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket for Best Christmas Event, Dollywood is home to a festive holiday atmosphere that truly puts guests in the holiday spirit.

“I just love Christmas at Dollywood, and I know you all do too,” Parton said. “The Parade of Many Colors is back this Christmas, along with seven holiday shows and four million beautiful lights. We even have Rudolph and his friends back for another year of creating family memories. It will be a November and December to remember!”

From the spectacular shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the four million sparkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains.

Parton also spoke about her newest project, a children’s CD entitled I Believe in You. The CD will be released in September and features songs she has written throughout the years for Dollywood’s Little Engine Playhouse. It includes a new version of Coat of Many Colors which debuted in the playhouse this summer.

For more information about Dollywood’s Harvest Festival or Smoky Mountain Christmas, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room

Link to Great Pumpkin LumiNights teaser video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ntht65tyi3mq2ca/AAAg8gJptsHrNA5yh9q76aQIa?dl=0

 

 

 

Comedy Barn Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run And Fun Walk To Benefit Safe Harbor

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2017) – The Comedy Barn Theater® in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will sponsor its fifth annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.  All of the net proceeds will benefit The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center of the Smokies that provides comprehensive, coordinated, and compassionate services to victims of child abuse (in the 4th Judicial District that includes Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties).   The Comedy Barn raised approximately $8,600 for Safe Harbor last year, with $22,600 raised since the race began.

The race is a single loop course that will begin and end at The Comedy Barn Theater®. The race will start at 8 a.m.  The scenic route goes through The Island and returns down the Riverwalk Greenway. Entry forms are available at The Comedy Barn Theater® or people can register online. Individuals can also register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. with limited t-shirt availability, so early registration is encouraged.   For more information call 865-428-5222 or 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site‎ at http://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchicken.

The registration cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children 17 and under who register before Sept. 1. For those who register after Sept. 1 the cost will be $30 for adults and $25 for children. Packet pick-up will be at The Comedy Barn Theater®, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m., or they can be picked up the morning of the race.  All pre-registered participants will receive an event t-shirt if signed up by Aug. 28 and a bib (only runners are chipped to measure racer’s time). The t-shirts are sapphire blue, heavy-weight cotton short-sleeved shirts.  To be guaranteed a race shirt, registration must be completed by 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.  Awards: Top M/F Overall, Master, Grandmaster, and Veteran Finisher. Awards three deep to M/F finishers in all age groups 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. There is also a $100 cash prize for the 100th finisher.

If people would just like to make an entry fee donation and not physically participate in the race, they may check the virtual category and The Comedy Barn® race team will mail them a t-shirt, or they may make a tax-deductible donation directly to Safe Harbor by clicking donate on the registration page.

“It is exciting every year,” said Clyde Foley Cummins, race director and performer at The Comedy Barn Theater®.  “We are all about children at The Comedy Barn.  We want to give back to the community.  Nothing is more worthy than child causes.  We love promoting fun and health.  I am proud of The Comedy Barn for things like this.

“I encourage everyone to come out for the race,” Cummins said. “We will have winners in all age divisions.  All runner, walkers and the public are welcome.”

There will be a silent auction with items from local retailers and attractions at the race. There will be large prizes that will include lodging and ticket packages from Fee/Hedrick Shows, including tickets to The Comedy Barn® show.  There will also be door prizes and refreshments after the race.  This event is part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com.  Winners in each age division will receive medals and tickets to The Comedy Barn®.

The Comedy Barn® is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals.

For more information call 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site‎ athttp://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchickenThe Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show™;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Show;” “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo;” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show” starring Charlie Bob Smith.

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 Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

119 Music Road,

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon For Dollywood’s Rock The Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, July 31, 2017) —On Labor Day weekend, the Smoky Mountains will rock with the sounds of contemporary Christian hits during Dollywood’s popular Rock the Smokies music festival. Special early bird pricing, however, only is available through August 4.

This annual festival, which has become a favorite for families, youth groups and student ministries takes place Saturday, Sept. 2 with DP’s Celebrity Theater set for three shows (1, 4, and 7 p.m.). The event features a number of top Christian artists including headliners Casting Crowns and Mac Powell from Third Day.

Grammy and Dove Award-winning Casting Crowns will play a number of their hit songs, including music from their The Very Next Thing Tour. Third Day founder Mac Powell performs some of his independent projects prior to Casting Crowns. The Casting Crowns/Mac Powell concerts on the main stage are separately ticketed.

Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, Micah Tyler and Jimi Cravity will be performing on stages throughout the park during the event.

This incredible event allows guests the opportunity to see amazing performances and delight in the food, rides and atmosphere of Dollywood. Rock the Smokies is a refreshing way to put an exclamation point on the summer.

By combining all the adventure of a day at the theme park with great music, Dollywood has crafted a unique event packed with fun for all ages. A ticket purchase includes admission to Dollywood; discounts are available for groups, season passholders, and guests who order tickets early. VIP packages are available and include assorted merchandise, early ride time on one of Dollywood’s award-winning roller coasters, pictures with the artists, and much more!

For more information, visit rockthesmokies.com or call 1-855-484-1991.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room

Up-And-Coming Country Artists Featured At Dollywood This Summer

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, June 27, 2017) — A number of performance careers have launched from the stages of Dollywood, and thanks to the upcoming New Faces of Country concert series, guests of the park have an opportunity to see more up-and-coming country artists on the verge of their big breaks.

Dollywood, in partnership with Knoxville-based country radio station WIVK, hosts several concerts throughout the summer with artists which surely will be tearing up the charts in the near future. The concerts take place at Back Porch Theater and are free with park admission. Entertainment is one of Dollywood’s calling cards, with the park earning the award for Best Theme Park Entertainment the last eight years. WIVK is a 10-time CMA Station of the Year and six-time ACM Station of the Year.

On Saturday, July 1, Runaway June kicks off the concert series with a performance at 5 p.m. This rootsy group combines bluegrass traditions with dusty, desert cool and infuses Western influences in their music. The group includes Jennifer Wayne, a granddaughter of John Wayne, and Hannah Mulholland who are both native Californians. The third member of the group, Naomi Cooke, hails from Nashville. Wayne co-wrote Eric Paslay’s recent top-20 hit, “She Don’t Love You.”

The concert series continues on Saturday, July 8 with Shreveport, Louisiana’s Jordan Davis. Davis comes from a musical family and applies his unique classic country songwriting skills with today’s current sound for a show that will have Dollywood guests singing along. Davis graduated from Louisiana State University with a major in resource conservation, but with dreams of Music City in his head, he moved to Nashville to pursue his dreams. Davis’ concert is slated for 7 p.m. on July 8.

Former Dollywood performer Carly Pearce also takes to the stage in July. While her show date will be announced at a later time, she returns to her roots at the award-winning park. When she was 19, Pearce moved to Nashville where she quickly earned a reputation as a songwriter to keep an eye on. The Taylor Mill, Kentucky, musician recently earned a contract with Big Machine Records which released her single “Every Little Thing” to country radio in February. The single currently is about to break in to the Billboard Country Top-20.

Georgia’s Seth Ennis visits Dollywood on Saturday, Aug. 5 to share his unique country sound with park guests. His music is inspired by his hero Vince Gill, the pop-punk bands he toured with on the Vans Warped Tour and from R&B superstars like Usher. Because his early years were spent on an American military base in Japan, his world experiences have helped him create a diverse and cultured style. For his debut single, “Woke Up in Nashville,” Ennis played every instrument, including guitars, bass, drums and piano. He even sang his own background vocals. Ennis’ concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Dollywood guests continue to enjoy the “Year of the Family” with exciting festivals, new attractions and special events designed to help them create lifelong memories. The New Faces of Country concert series takes place during summer at Dollywood. Until Aug. 6, Dollywood park hours are extended until 10 p.m. each evening to give families more time together. On July 1 and 8, the park remains open until midnight for the first time ever. Nightly fireworks shows and the “unbubbleievable” tricks of The Gazillion Bubbles Show ensure guests have plenty of entertainment for a full day of fun. Add Dollywood’s newest attractions, Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser, and summer at Dollywood can’t be beat!

For more information about Dollywood’s Year of the Family, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

 

 

 

Dollywood’s Splash Country Hosts Eighth Annual Water Safety Day

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 19, 2017) –  More kids drown in the month of June than any other month—that’s just one reason why Dollywood’s Splash Country is committed to water safety education and awareness and why the water park hosts Water Safety Day in conjunction with the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). This eighth annual event takes place on Thursday, June 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Area partners LeConte Medical Center, The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation, WVLT Local 8 News and Star 102.1 join with Dollywood’s Splash Country to host the event.

Water park guests are encouraged to visit vendor booths to learn about staying safe in the water and sun while also joining the attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest swimming lesson!

This worldwide swim lesson happens at pools and water parks around the globe on June 22. Dollywood’s Splash Country is one location where swimmers of all ages and abilities come to take part in the lesson in hopes of breaking the world record. Last year, more than 40,000 kids and adults from 24 countries participated to set the Guinness World Record for largest swim lesson. This year, the WLSL team hopes to have even more participants as the word spreads that swimming lessons save lives.

“LeConte Medical Center is proud to partner once again with our friends at Dollywood’s Splash Country and the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation for Water Safety Day,” said LeConte Medical Center President/CAO Gaye Jolly. “Opportunities to provide health education to the families in our community are very important to us. We want to do all we can to promote a healthy and safe summer for the children of our region.”

Time in the water can be dangerous for children because drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury-related death for kids ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children younger than 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1 to 4.

The world record attempt begins at 10 a.m. at Mountain Waves wave pool for a thirty minute swim lesson. Vendor booths are open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests who visit the vendor booths to learn about water and sun safety receive a Splash Pass, allowing them to receive a prize at each booth. Once the participants have visited all vendors, they may turn their pass in for the chance to win two season passes to Dollywood’s Splash Country.

“We love our community and we want everyone to be safe in the water this summer,” explained Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Janet Dawson. “This event is an opportunity for us to lead the way in awareness and education about water safety, so we’re proud to host it. We hope hundreds of participants join us.”

Water Safety Day and WLSL registration begins Thursday, June 22 at 9 a.m. at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The park opens to guests at 9:30 a.m. Guests should arrive early to register before the WLSL begins at 10 a.m. Dollywood’s Splash Country admission is required to participate in Water Safety Day and may be purchased on-site or online at Dollywood.com.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrated record attendance in 2016. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston: Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room.aspx.

About LeConte Medical Center (LCMC): Proudly serving Sevier County LeConte Medical Center offers a full array of medical specialties and outstanding medical technology! The Dolly Parton Birthing Unit offers family-centered maternity care in beautiful rooms, complete with views of the Smoky Mountains. The spacious Emergency Department provides excellent emergency care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Surgery department features 4 Surgical Suites, and 2 Endoscopy suites. LCMC offers outstanding diagnostic services including Laboratory Services, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Imaging Services such as MRI, Ultrasound, and CT Scan. The Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services features the Breast Center where women can have their annual mammograms, biopsies if needed, as well as bone density exams. Why travel elsewhere, when the care you need is available in your hometown. Come see why you and your family should Count on LeConte!

About The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation: Named in honor of a beloved Sevier County physician and minister, the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 to help expand the range and quality of health care services available in Sevier County. Dolly Parton, one of the many babies Dr. Thomas delivered, serves as honorary chairperson of the Foundation. The Foundation solicits contributions from individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations to achieve its goal of helping Sevier County meet the continuing challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare field.

 

 

Dollywood’s “Year Of The Family” Continues With Even More Time For Family Fun

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 13, 2017) — To celebrate summer during Dollywood’s “Year of the Family,” the park offers families even more of what they already love—time together at the world’s friendliest theme park. Summer at Dollywood (June 17- Aug. 6) provides the ideal atmosphere for families to create lifelong memories sure to put a smile on every face.

Dollywood celebrates the season with two new attractions, Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser, two new stories in The Little Engine Playhouse, spectacular nightly fireworks and a Dollywood guest favorite, The Gazillion Bubbles ShowDolly’s Nights of Many Colors, a spectacular synchronized fireworks show, paints a colorful canvas across the Smoky Mountain sky each evening. The fireworks extravaganza lights up the night at 9:30 p.m.

The Gazillion Bubbles Show is in D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, offering an amazing facility to fill with the “unbubbleievable” tricks and fun of the bubble-making spectacle. Extended park operating hours—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily— give guests more time to create the perfect summer getaway. Additionally, Dollywood’s hours are extended to midnight for the first time ever on July 1 and 8.

“Summer in the Great Smoky Mountains truly is something special,” said Dolly Parton. “When I was growing up, our entertainment was catching lightnin’ bugs and looking up at the stars. We could only dream about what it would be like to take a family vacation together.

“We had heard about big rides and shows and festivals at places like the World’s Fair, but we never dreamed that it could all be right here in the Smokies! Places like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood are now everything we could imagine for a family vacation together.”

It’s story time again as The Little Engine Playhouse showcases two new children’s stories, including Coat of Many Colors, based on Parton’s newest children’s book. Coat of Many Colors and Pretend, by Jennifer Plecas, feature sing-along songs that kids of all ages will enjoy. Everyone’s favorite, The Little Engine That Could, comes to the stage with a delightful reminder of what can happen with just a little bit of determination.

While Dollywood guests have an amazing amount of entertainment options to enjoy during their visit, they also can experience the park’s award-winning rides in a completely different environment. Once the sun sets, Dollywood’s trademark attractions, like Wild Eagle and Thunderhead, provide a unique experience for those who climb aboard. These rides thrill guests who race through the summer night with no idea which way the track will turn next!

For more information about Dollywood’s Year of the Family, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014 and 2017, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by TripAdvisor and the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates mid-May to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room

 

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Show To Open In May

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 22, 2017) – After the success of Dolly Parton’s NBC movies about her childhood, Pigeon Forge’s newest dinner theatre attraction is telling a special story very close to her heart. Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner and Show will take guests on a journey they will not soon forget.

“Now that Jennifer Nettles and Rick Schroder have made my parents famous, I thought it was time to tell a story about them before I was around stealing the spotlight,” Parton explained with a laugh. “Things were a lot more exciting before I was born and you’ll see it in this show! I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product in May after all the work we have put in this winter.”

The show will include some incredible new acts designed specifically for the theatre stage. With the backdrop of Dolly’s music and tapestry of characters, the Owens and the Partons will do battle for the Pigeon Forge mill. The magic and the mystery of the Great Smoky Mountains forge unlikely new relationships and start the story of a family that shaped the future of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.

Pre-purchased ticket holders for a Lumberjack Adventure show scheduled in 2017 should contact the box office at 844-322-4400 for re-ticketing.  Tickets for Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner and Show will go on sale soon.

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About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or peteo@wciinvest.com

Steve Cruz: (865) 774-8136, (865) 410-0591 or stevec@wciinvest.com

Wes Ramey: (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

 

 

 

 

Pigeon Forge Wildfire Update

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—Nov. 29, 2016—As a result of the wildfires on Monday, Nov. 28, Pigeon Forge has multiple active brush fires at this time. Crews are on the ground working to extinguish and contain them.

In the city of Pigeon Forge, nine residential structures have been destroyed by fire.

Due to downed power lines, there are areas that the Pigeon Forge Fire Department has been unable to access. Firefighters are working with the local electric department to manage this situation.

In addition to local firefighters, outside resources are being put into place throughout the area.

Approximately 125 people are displaced and remain in local emergency shelters in Pigeon Forge.

Approximately 100 firefighters from 15 additional stations throughout East Tennessee are assisting the efforts.

Tennessee Emergency Management Association officials are currently on site in Pigeon Forge to support local officials.

The American Red Cross makes available the website Safeandwell.communityos.org for communication between those affected by disasters. Those wanting to locate a friend or loved one or anyone wanting to check-in as safe may visit this site for updates.

Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting redcross.org/donate. To donate by check or to this specific cause, complete this donation form by printing and mailing to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. To volunteer with the American Red Cross, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit redcross.org/volunteers.

Donations are being accepted at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 in Pigeon Forge.

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Trish McGee

865-654-6242

tmcgee@bohanideas.com