News – My Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:49:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/cropped-favicon-2020-32x32.png News – My Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com 32 32 Best Things to Do in February in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/best-things-to-do-february-pigeon-forge Thu, 06 Feb 2020 21:45:07 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=18511 If you’re wondering what's going on this time of year in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, then you're in luck. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in February in Pigeon Forge!

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Can you believe it’s already February? Pigeon Forge is an amazing destination any time of year for residents and visitors alike. So if you’re wondering what’s going on this time of year in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, then you’re in luck. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in February in Pigeon Forge that we’re sure you’ll enjoy too.

 

Smoky Mountain Winterfest

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A Winterfest lights tour is one of the best things to do in February!

 

The 30th annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest is an experience you don’t want to miss. Spanning through February 17th, 2020, you’ll be able to see the 5 million (!!) holiday lights that drape Pigeon Forge and transform it into a beautiful winter wonderland. You can enjoy these beautiful light displays across the whole town but will definitely want to stop at Dollywood, the Old Mill Square and The Island in Pigeon Forge to see their gorgeous setups. You can even follow the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights to make sure you don’t miss any part of Winterfest!

 

Smoky Mountain Jubilee

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Enjoy the sounds of that good ol’ gospel music.

 

If you are a Gospel music lover, then this is the event for you! This annual concert is taking place on February 6th and 7th at Country Tonite Theatre. For tickets and show info, feel free to call the theatre directly at (865) 453-2003.

 

Daddy Daughter Dance

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Bring your dancing shoes to the annual Daddy Daughter Dance!

 

The Daddy Daughter Dance is always a family favorite! Your little girl will get to spend quality time with her dad at this annual event at the Courtyard by Marriott. Bring your dancing shoes and make wonderful new memories on Saturday February 8th.

 

A  Valentine’s Day Getaway

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Have a romantic dinner this February in Pigeon Forge.

 

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year which is perfect for a weekend getaway! There are countless hotels, cabins, or luxury condos to book for a few days. Enjoy a beautiful (and bundled up) stroll through Great Smoky Mountains National Park followed by a couples massage at The Spa at RiverStone Resort. Then enjoy a delicious meal together at a beautiful restaurant like Alamo Steakhouse or Gaucho Urbano.

 

Relax and Unwind with a Spa Day

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Treat yourself to a spa day at one of Pigeon Forge’s top-rated spas.

 

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy a wonderful spa day! You can treat yourself anytime and Pigeon Forge has everything you need to relax. You can visit Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa, Smoky Mountain Salon & Spa, or even The Spa at Bear Run Falls to unwind. Book a manicure, pedicure, massage, facial, body treatments, or even get a haircut and color. Opportunities are endless in Pigeon Forge.

 

About the Author: Hannah Lewis is a food and travel blogger from Columbus, Ohio. She writes The Beard and The Baker in partnership with her husband Joel and even some recommendations from her toddler daughter, Olivia!

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Save Big with Tennessee’s Tax Free Weekend of Shopping & Eating in Pigeon Forge https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/save-big-with-tennessees-tax-free-weekend-of-shopping-in-pigeon-forge Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:29:10 +0000 https://www.mypigeonforge.com/?p=16823 Save BIG during Tennessee's Tax-Free Weekends!

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For 2020 only, the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two separate sales tax holiday weekends. During these weekends, certain goods may be purchased tax free. The first Tax-Free Weekend begins at 12:01am on July 31 and ends at 11:59pm on August 2. The second begins at 12:01am on August 7 and ends August 9 at 11:59pm. During this time, the retail sale of food and drink by restaurants and limited service restaurants is exempt from sales tax.

 

Map of Pigeon Forge

What is Tennessee’s Tax-Free Weekend?

It’s an opportunity to save 7% on state sales tax and 2.75% on county sales tax for a total of 9.75% on the following shopping items in Tennessee:

Clothing items priced under $200
Includes items such as belts, coats, dresses, gloves, hats, jeans, pants, school uniforms, shoes, and shirts that are $200 or less per item.

School Supplies priced under $200
Includes items such as backpacks, books, crayons, folders, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, drawing pads, and acrylic/oil paints.

Electronics priced under $3,000
Includes computers for personal use, tablets, smart phones and electronic readers, as well as televisions and video game consoles with a purchase price of $3,000 or less.                                                      

View a complete list of tax-free items to see what is included and what is not.

 

When is Tax-Free Weekend in Pigeon Forge?

Tax-Free Weekend in Pigeon Forge begins at 12:01am on Friday, July 31 and ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 2. For 2020 only, there will be a second tax-free holiday weekend focusing on restaurant sales. It begins at 12:01am on Friday, August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59pm. During this time, the retail sale of food and drink by restaurants and limited service restaurants is exempt from sales tax. Click here for a full list of Pigeon Forge restaurants to check out.

 

Where to Shop During Tax-Free Weekend

Pigeon Forge retailers will be ready to serve all your needs. Stop by Stages West and let their friendly staff help you find the latest in western apparel, belts and boots to have you looking your best as you head back to school.

Shop the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall where you will find stores like Osh Kosh & Carters Childrenswear, Rack Room Shoes, and Big Dog Sportswear to get some trendy new school clothes and shoes.

Don’t forget about the shops at The Island in Pigeon Forge. With an extensive list of retail and boutique shops, you are sure to find some great deals.

Browse a complete list of shopping stores in Pigeon Forge.

 

Tax-Free Weekend Shopping Tips

Make sure you have a plan before you head out. Many people will be taking advantage of the great deals during Tennessee’s Tax-Free Weekend, so have a list of what you want to buy and where you will need to go.

Shop early for the best selections and look for coupons to make the savings add up even more.

 

Show us what you bought during your tax-free shopping spree by posting photos on Instagram using #MyPigeonForge.

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What’s New for 2018 in Pigeon Forge? https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/whats-new-pigeon-forge Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:28:15 +0000 https://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=8331 A new year means more new and exciting things for you to do on your next Pigeon Forge visit! One of the many reasons that our family loves Pigeon Forge is that it is constantly growing and adding new things to be the best it can be for its guests. Be on the lookout for these new attractions and places to visit in Pigeon Forge in 2018.

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A new year means more new and exciting things for you to do on your next Pigeon Forge visit! One of the many reasons that our family loves Pigeon Forge is that it is constantly growing and adding new things to be the best it can be for its guests. Be on the lookout for these new attractions and places to visit in Pigeon Forge in 2018.

 

New Show

Smoky Mountain Adventures

Celebration! A Spectacular Dinner Show is the newest dinner show to come to Pigeon Forge. This show retells Dolly’s mountain story with the traditions of food, faith, and family with a little rivalry and romance mixed in. Be sure to come hungry because a hearty mountain feast will be awaiting you and your family.

 

New Attractions

Crave Golf Club

Crave Golf Club This new miniature golf experience in Pigeon Forge offers indoor, outdoor and rooftop courses amidst a fun candy wonderland theme. So no matter the weather, this is a great stop for some family fun. While you are there you can also do some mini bowling, grab a snack at the Milkshake Bar, or quench all those sweet tooth cravings in the Crave Sweet Shop.

Pigeon Forge Snow will be the first indoor snow complex in North America. Real indoor snow and snow tubing adventure will soon be available year round in Pigeon Forge! Anticipation is building for the grand opening of this new attraction in 2018.

 

New Restaurants

Frizzle Chicken

Frizzle Chicken Pancake Coop– From the fun atmosphere to the unique pancake creations, this is a great stop for brunch with the family. There is a little something for everyone.

Another new restaurant coming to Pigeon Forge is Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse. This one is bringing South American flavors and hospitality to the Smokies. Look out for this yummy spot opening this summer!

If pizza is a family favorite, J. Del’s Pizza is now open and serving up an all natural menu. From pizza to pasta and subs, it is sure to be a hit with the family.

 

New Lodging

Margaritaville Island Inn

Margaritaville Island Inn has arrived at the Island. This coastal themed inn is the perfect spot for a little getaway. Run on island time for your stay and enjoy some R&R. With all the fun that surrounds you at the Island, you will not want to leave.

Looking for the best times to visit Pigeon Forge? Pigeon Forge has events taking place all year long for the entire family. Make it a great year and be sure to check out these new things on your next visit to Pigeon Forge!

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Fall Foliage is in the Forecast! https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/fall-foliage-is-in-the-forecast Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:29:06 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7654 A hallmark sign of fall is the changing of color in the tree leaves from their lush green of summer to their rich red, orange, and yellow fall colors. It is a beauty that must be seen, and one of our favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge during the fall season. Pigeon Forge showcases […]

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Fall Foliage

A hallmark sign of fall is the changing of color in the tree leaves from their lush green of summer to their rich red, orange, and yellow fall colors. It is a beauty that must be seen, and one of our favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge during the fall season. Pigeon Forge showcases a fall season that is a must-see year after year. The area is immersed with this beauty from late September into early November. Be sure to bring along your cameras because you will find some beautiful backdrops for family photos!

 

What to look for:

If you know your trees, the American Beech, Yellow Birch, Hobblebush, Pin Cherry, and Mountain Maple trees will be the first to start changing colors. Later in the season, you will notice the Sugar Maple, Sweetgum, Red Maple, Scarlet Oak and the Hickory trees revealing their fall beauty.

Fall Foliage

 

Best viewing times:

When the leaves actually start to turn depends on weather and many other factors; however, changes typically begin in early October. You will see changes in the higher elevations first. Peak season usually occurs in mid to late October when mid to lower elevations are seeing the changes as well.

 

Best places to see the fall foliage:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park– Mt. LeConte and the Newfound Gap area will start things off. These higher elevations may require a little hiking, but are definitely worth the climb. The Cades Cove area will be one of the last areas to see changes. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a beautiful and scenic drive if you are looking for a more relaxing way to see the fall foliage. Don’t worry, there will be somewhere in the park to see the leaves turning throughout the entire month of October. Be sure to look for the beautiful fall wildflowers in bloom also.
  • Wears Valley Road– This is another great spot for a scenic drive. From the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, turn at traffic light #3 and head on out. Along the way, the trees almost form a tunnel over the road in spots making for a special view of the leaves. This is a perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family!
  • Take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and get a bird’s eye view of the city. This is probably the best view of the surrounding areas outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You may find yourself wanting to ride several times to take it all in!
  • Dollywood will be decked out for its annual Harvest Festival during this time of year. This is one of America’s top rated theme parks and unique in that it is set in a mountain setting. The park will be surrounded by fall leaves as well as other harvest/rustic décor.

Picture perfect spots:

Here are a few spots to capture some great fall/rustic photos with your family.

  • The John Cable Grist Mill area in Cade’s Cove
  • The Dollywood Express train area at Dollywood
  • Area cabins/chalets

 

Don’t miss it! Pigeon Forge weather is changing soon, and you will want to witness the beauty of the fall foliage!

We love seeing Pigeon Forge through your lens. Make sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #mypigeonforge for the chance to be featured on our website.

 

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Shining Faces of Travel Nominee: Nathan Headrick https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/shining-faces-of-travel-nominee-nathan-headrick Wed, 03 May 2017 15:58:34 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7441 In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service! Meet Nathan Headrick, Crew Member at Titanic Museum Attraction who was nominated by Cynthia Simpson.     “It seems Nathan Headrick never has a bad day. He comes in every morning and […]

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In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service!

Meet Nathan Headrick, Crew Member at Titanic Museum Attraction who was nominated by Cynthia Simpson.

 

 

“It seems Nathan Headrick never has a bad day. He comes in every morning and says “it’s going to be a good day.”  When we kickoff our morning meetings, he is LOUDER than any one yelling out, Woo Hoo! Nathan’s distinct personality stands out when he is on the pavilion even though he can “man the ship” at any position.

Nathan is waiting for our guests to arrive, greet them and get them started on their journey. His multi-tasking skills shine through when he is handing out boarding passes, directing guests, admitting tickets and lining up our passengers.

His professionalism is 1st class as he steps on a coach and welcomes them to the Titanic. His compassion stands out as he is soaking wet bringing our guests on board under an umbrella.

Nathan represents a “Shining Face of Travel” because he is putting a smile on his face and makes the best of everything at the Titanic.”

 

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Shining Faces of Travel Nominee: Kim Dillon https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/shining-faces-of-travel-nominee-kim-dillon Wed, 03 May 2017 15:55:01 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7438 In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service! Meet Kim Dillon, Ticket Supervisor at The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel who nominated by Courtney Thompson and Chrisy Griner.   Kim Dillon graduated from Bluefield State College with a degree in Early Elementary […]

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In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service!

Meet Kim Dillon, Ticket Supervisor at The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel who nominated by Courtney Thompson and Chrisy Griner.

 

Kim Dillon graduated from Bluefield State College with a degree in Early Elementary Education.  Originally from southern West Virginia, Kim spent many summers visiting her sister who lived in Sevier County.  By doing so she developed a love of the area so she and her husband decided to move to the area three years ago.  Kim joined the team at The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in March of 2016 and was quickly promoted to Ticket Supervisor.  Kim has a smile that brightens the room and a positive attitude that is contagious to everyone around, there is no such thing as a bad day when Kim is around.  She consistently goes above and beyond to relate to our guests to ensure they have a memorable experience. Kim’s love of the Smoky Mountains and her passion for people makes her a ‘Shining Face of Travel.’

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Shining Faces of Travel Nominee: Glenda Burgins https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/shining-faces-of-travel-nominee-glenda-burgins Wed, 03 May 2017 15:50:21 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7434 In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service! Meet Glenda Burgins, Park Services at The Island in Pigeon Forge who was nominated by Caitlin Gouge.   “As a park services employee at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Glenda Burgins’ […]

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In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service!

Meet Glenda Burgins, Park Services at The Island in Pigeon Forge who was nominated by Caitlin Gouge.

 

“As a park services employee at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Glenda Burgins’ impact goes far beyond simply making sure our property is clean. Having worked at The Island for over 2 years and at Dollywood for 16 years before that, Glenda is no stranger to the hospitality industry in Pigeon Forge. Glenda goes out of her way to, not only talk to our guests, but make sure they have lasting memories of their experience. We have even received post cards sent to Glenda after guests return from their vacation to tell her how great she made their visit. If Glenda is on break, you can always find her feeding the ducks and taking care of the wildlife that surround our property with food she brings herself. When we ask Glenda what she loves most about her job, she says, “The people.”- who sometimes even become her friends. Always with a smile on her face, Glenda is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to make our guests’ vacations one to remember. She is a positive representation of our brand and a true asset to, not only The Island, but the hospitality industry as a whole in our area. With almost 20 years serving our industry and city, we can’t think of a better person to be recognized for their care and commitment.”

 

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Shining Faces of Travel Nominee: Jamie Rasnake https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/shining-faces-of-travel-nominee-jamie-rasnake Wed, 03 May 2017 15:47:44 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7425 In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service! Meet Jamie Rasnake, TopJump employee who was nominated by Chucky Blalock.   “Jamie Rasnake has been with TopJump Trampoline Park since we opened in March 2016, and he has always been […]

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In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service!

Meet Jamie Rasnake, TopJump employee who was nominated by Chucky Blalock.

 

“Jamie Rasnake has been with TopJump Trampoline Park since we opened in March 2016, and he has always been a team player.  As a trampoline park, we require our guests to watch a safety video before they start jumping.  In addition to our trampoline area, we have Clip ‘n Climb, which is a climbing area with auto belay systems, that also requires a safety video so our guests can get harnessed.  We call our guests into the training room a few minutes before they start jumping or climbing by the color of their wristband, so they have enough time to watch the video and get started on time.  Jamie has become the epitome for working our training room.  During the peak of summer, training room can get very busy because of the abundance of jumpers and climbers in addition to people attempting to run through the training room without watching the video.  Since our maximum capacity in the climbing area is fifty, there are a lot of climb times when we have to harness over thirty people in a matter of fifteen minutes.  This may sound like mission impossible, but Jamie always manages to get the job done and provides additional rules to ensure our guests’ safety in a minimal time limit while making sure they begin on time.  As a diligent worker, Jamie is also very friendly and very lighthearted and ensures our guests are having a great time with us.  In addition to working at TopJump, Jamie is also involved in the Gatlinburg community as a firefighter.  During the wildfires in November, Jamie worked over fourteen days straight, and he still came in for his shift at TopJump the next day.  Jamie Rasnake is a shining face of travel because of his dedication to the community and his friendly attitude with everyone who walks through the doors at TopJump.  He is a prime example of what TopJump desires in a person, and this tourist community needs more people like him.”

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Shining Faces of Travel Nominee: Nathan Hawk https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/shining-faces-of-travel-nominee-nathan-hawk Wed, 03 May 2017 15:34:51 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7423 In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service! Meet Nathan Hawk, Arcade Greeter at Rockin Raceway who was nominated by Owner William Cohen.     “Why is Nathan Hawk a “Shining Face of Travel”? you may ask. Nathan has […]

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In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service!

Meet Nathan Hawk, Arcade Greeter at Rockin Raceway who was nominated by Owner William Cohen.

 

 

“Why is Nathan Hawk a “Shining Face of Travel”? you may ask.

Nathan has been our Greeter at Rockin Raceway for quite a while, His personality, enthusiasm and charismatic charm is what makes him so special to us. He seems to never ever have a bad day. He exudes energy and bounce and a never-ending smile. His remarkable ability to speak to every single guest who comes in is amazing. He talks to them just like he has known them for years and they soak him up like a sponge. Young and old alike adore him. He has become somewhat of a celebrity at Rockin. We have guests who come in just to see him or call and ask if he is here. Trip Advisor for Rockin Raceway is just loaded with reviews about Nathan. He truly loves what he does and it shows. Our Company is so blessed that we could find such an outstanding person who lives everyday with such wonder and amazement for the people and the world in which we live. We are better Managers, employees and human beings because of him.  He is undeniably and a True Shining Star for Rockin Raceway and the world, and everyone loves him and so do we. It would be such an Honor for him to get this recognition and be the Shining Face of Travel in Pigeon Forge.”

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Shining Faces of Travel Nominee: Johnny Baker https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/shining-faces-of-travel-nominee-johnny-baker Wed, 03 May 2017 15:27:34 +0000 http://blog.mypigeonforge.com/?p=7447 In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service! Meet Johnny Baker, Group Sales Coordinator at Ole Smoky Moonshine who was nominated by Will Perkins.   “What makes Johnny “Bootlegger” Baker a “Shining Face of Travel”: Johnny is a shining […]

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In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017, we’re shining the spotlight on Pigeon Forge employees and recognizing them for their excellent customer service!

Meet Johnny Baker, Group Sales Coordinator at Ole Smoky Moonshine who was nominated by Will Perkins.

 

“What makes Johnny “Bootlegger” Baker a “Shining Face of Travel”:

Johnny is a shining face of travel because he is a true difference maker for the tourism industry in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas. Being a “true local” and possessing true local flavor, Johnny is much more than just a liaison for the many groups of people that he tours in the area, he is an event and attraction in himself. Johnny offers up a unique flair all his own in his efforts to draw groups of people to want to see more at travel showcases and seminars throughout the country. His efforts and style benefit not only Ole Smoky Moonshine, the company he works for, but all businesses and attractions in the area who then get to showcase their own qualities to visitors.

Johnny’s efforts do not stop at his selling someone on the fun that they will have if they visit the area but Johnny truly follows through with his promise. He is dedicated to ensuring that all groups as a whole and the individuals who make up those groups receive only the best in entertainment, education, history, and local values.  I have personally known Johnny to work day and night for weeks on end so as not to let one person miss out on his personal touch with the best experience possible. Johnny has entertained guests from South America, Australia, Europe, throughout North America and even those of us from right here in Pigeon Forge. I think this is truly one of his strong points: He makes us all as ambassadors of this area strive to do better through his own personal hard work and effort. Those of us who know Johnny are always happy to be in his presence due to his “SHINEing” personality and face and because of this he makes us all better in our part of the tourism industry.

It would be impossible to overlook the personal efforts of Johnny in helping to keep tourism alive after the devastating fires that took place in the area in November. After fires had swept the area and travel to the Smoky Mountain region sounded like it was not an option to all the world, Johnny worked tirelessly in many ways to help alleviate the strain on the locals in the area and also to help make sure that the flow of tourism would not wane. Johnny worked selflessly in shelters and supply areas to soften the initial blow of the losses sustained by locals. In the meantime, Johnny also put his infectious personality to use in helping to procure outside help for the disaster. The relationships that Johnny has created through his work in the area and industry were on display when he was able to reach out to Zac Brown to ask for help. Zac, no doubt was willing to help on his own but I truly believe that it was the personal touches that he has received from ambassadors in our area, particularly Johnny Baker that really made the disaster hit home even from a recording star from Georgia. Johnny was instrumental in getting representatives from Zac Brown to set up a food service on the grounds of Rocky Top sports complex to help feed first responders, volunteers, and victims of the fires. Of course the aid culminated in The Mountain Tough concert headlined by none other than the Zac Brown Band which was in many ways an unofficial re-opening of Gatlinburg to visitors and tourism and helped to raise large sums for the fire recovery effort.

Those who know Johnny know that he is practically indescribable without a live encounter. Indescribable is a word that could also be used for his invaluable service to the tourism industry in this area through his “Shining Face” and his infectious touch on us all.”

 

 

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