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John Anderson, Lovin’ Spoonful Headline Patriot Festival

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 2012) – Country star John Anderson will have the crowd “Swingin’,” and the Lovin’ Spoonful will have everyone rocking to “Summer in the City” when Pigeon Forge presents its July 4 Patriot Festival blast. Admission is free.

Patriot Festival draws tens of thousands of Independence Day celebrants to Patriot Park in the heart of Pigeon Forge.

The towering ridges of Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide the visual backdrop for an afternoon and evening of music, which are capped by one of Tennessee’s major Fourth of July fireworks shows.

Anderson, who literally helped build Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House prior to his singing career, has had No. 1 hits with “Swingin’,” “Wild and Blue,” “Straight Tequila Night’ and “Money in the Bank.” Hits such as “Seminole Wind” and “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday” get instant recognition.

The Lovin’ Spoonful are part of the musical fabric of the 1960s and are 2000 inductees into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Festival guests can count on “Do You Believe in Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” and “Nashville Cats” as well as “Summer in the City.”

Patriot Festival begins at noon when a multi-faceted kids’ play area opens. Music begins about 1:30 p.m. A 20-minute fireworks show, one of Tennessee’s largest for the Fourth of July, will blast off at about 9:30 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen. A variety of food vendors will be on hand. Proceeds from their sales will go to local non-profit organizations.

Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is available online at or by calling toll-free to 1-800-251-9100.

‘Cowgirl Caravan’ Targets Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2012) – Fifty adventure-loving cowgirls and their caravan of 30 Western-decorated travel trailers, some more than a half-century old, will add a special flair to Saddle Up, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.’s, Feb. 23-26 tribute to the Old West.

The cowgirls are members of Sisters on the Fly, a national organization of women who enjoy outdoor activities. The Saddle Up caravan members are from at least 13 states, stretching from Florida and Mississippi to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

They will set up camp at Clabough’s Campground and will be an extra component of a chuckwagon cookoff and Buckaroo Roundup on Feb. 25 (Saturday).

Their 12- to 24-foot-long travel trailers, which owners describe as decorated in “a Western kitschy style,” will be open for inspection that day.

The Stages West western wear store, a major supporter of Saddle Up, invited the group to Pigeon Forge.

“The Sisters on the Fly and Saddle Up go together like rodeos and wranglers,” said Marlene Houser of Stages West. “The Sisters will have a great time, and they’ll add to the overall Western atmosphere of Saddle Up.”

Sisters on the Fly was created by two real-life sisters, Becky Clarke and Maurrie Sussman, in 1999 while on a Montana fly-fishing trip. Their love of the outdoors has led to a 1,700-member group ranging in age from 20-somethings to women almost 90.

Saddle Up offers a variety of concerts with entertainers such as R.W. Hampton, Stephanie Davis & the Roadrunners, Cowboy Celtic, Saddle Cats, Andy Nelson, Chuck Pyle, Ray Doyle and Kent Rollins. There is a Cowboy Dance on Feb. 25, and a non-denominational Cowboy Church service follows a chuckwagon breakfast on Feb. 26.

Saddle Up ticket information and a schedule of activities are at

Cowboy Cooks Prepare for Feb. 25 Chuckwagon Cookoff

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2012) – With names such as Grumpy’s Grub and Skillet and Spurs, six teams of competitive cowboy cooks will showcase their campfire skills on Feb. 25 during Saddle Up, an annual salute to the Old West in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Saddle Up, Feb. 23-26, is a four-day celebration that also features a series of Western music and cowboy poetry concerts, a Saturday night dance and Sunday Cowboy Church.

The others competing with Grumpy’s Grub and Skillet and Spurs are Ramblin’ Rose, Fairplay Cattle Company, Double X Ranch and Greenhorn Cattle Company.

The day’s fun begins at 9 a.m. when the free-admission Buckaroo Roundup starts. The Buckaroo Roundup includes a mechanical bull, lasso lessons and branding demonstrations, plus cowboy songs and storytelling.

The Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association sponsors the entire event at Clabough’s Campground on Wears Valley Road.

Each chuckwagon team will prepare chicken-fried steaks, potatoes, beans, bread, cornbread and fruit cobblers. They are judged on individual food categories and on the authenticity of wagons and camp set-ups. Lunch will be available for $10 and served from individual wagons. Tickets are available online at and also will be sold onsite the day of the cookoff.

The 12th Annual Saddle Up begins Thursday, Feb. 23.  Entertainers include R.W. Hampton, Stephanie Davis & the Roadrunners, Cowboy Celtic, Saddle Cats, Andy Nelson, Chuck Pyle, Ray Doyle and Kent Rollins.

Saddle Up ticket information and a schedule of activities are at Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is at or 1-800-251-9100.

‘Saddle Up’ To Bring Old West to Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2012) – Cowboy poetry, western music and chuck wagon cooking will be the order of the day when Saddle Up hits Pigeon Forge Feb. 23-26, 2012. The four-day event is a tribute to the American West and has activities for the entire family.

Saddle Up is part of Pigeon Forge Winterfest, a four-month season of activities that begins in November and continues through February.

Performers for the 2012 event include R.W. Hampton, Stephanie Davis, Cowboy Celtic, Saddle Cats, Andy Nelson, Ray Doyle, Chuck Pyle and Kent Rollins. Concerts at Tennessee Shindig Theater (3 and 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 6 p.m. on Feb. 25) are $15 each.

Two “Intimate Evening” dinner shows are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23. A four-course dinner at Partridge & Pear restaurant will be followed by a performance from R.W. Hampton, the newest member of the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. Tickets are $50.

Montana singer/songwriter Stephanie Davis, a newcomer to Saddle Up, will entertain at Mama’s Farmhouse Restaurant, following a family-style meal that includes steaks prepared by the Red River Ranch chuckwagon team from Texas. Tickets are $40.

“Stories & Strings,” Feb. 24 at 11 a.m., is a concert that features some of the elite musicians attending the event. Each will talk about musical influences, demonstrate personal styles and share favorite tunes. The $15 concert at Smoky Mountain Guitar Shop will include Dutch oven-baked cinnamon rolls and beverages beginning at 10 a.m.

A competitive chuck wagon cookoff, is slated for Saturday, Feb. 25. Sponsored by the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association, chuck wagon cooks prepare lunch for guests and evaluation by a panel of judges. Lunch tickets are $10. Beginning at 9 a.m., prior to the cookoff at Clabough’s Campground, visitors can hear cowboy entertainers and participate in cowboy-related activities free of charge.

A Cowboy Dance (tickets are $5), with music by Stephanie Davis and the Roadrunners, is Saturday night at Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge Ballroom. Cowboy Church, a non-denominational service at Stages West, is Sunday morning at 10 a.m. It is preceded by a chuckwagon breakfast that begins at 8:30 a.m.. Breakfast tickets are $5; Cowboy Church is free.

Saddle Up tickets are available online at