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Deadline Approaches To Nominate ‘Super Student’ To Win $5,000 for School, Plus Family Vacation

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 29, 2015) – This Sunday (May 3) is the deadline to nominate students who set good examples so one can win $5,000 for his or her school and a family vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Pigeon Forge Super Students promotion encourages parents, teachers and friends to nominate students ages 8-14 who stand out by setting good examples and going the extra mile to benefit others.

“The winner could come from anywhere, and the good deeds could be almost anything. Perhaps it’s a child who mentors peers, perhaps it’s one who created a recycling program, perhaps it’s one who is the glue that holds a family together. We’re eager to put someone in the spotlight,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

All nominations are done online at Nominators must be at least 18 years old. There will be a top winner and four secondary winners.

“We’re challenging nominators to explain a child’s special behavior carefully and briefly. There’s a 100-word cap on the supporting message,” Downey said.

The top winner gets a Pigeon Forge family vacation that includes lodging, meals and admission to attractions such as Dollywood, the Lumberjack Feud and the Titanic Museum Attraction.

That student’s school will receive an unrestricted gift of $5,000.

The other four winners will receive family passes to approximately 20 Pigeon Forge attractions, and their schools will receive $1,000.

“Every school could use extra cash for many, many purposes. We want the Super Students’ good works to have a direct impact on their schools,” Downey said.

Pigeon Forge has a long record of advocating for family vacations and organizing activities that have rewarded families.

It once gave away a tanker truckload of gasoline during a fuel shortage crisis, it saluted a military family prior to the dad’s deployment to Afghanistan with a vacation that included meeting Dolly Parton and it once organized a family’s first-ever vacation.

Pigeon Forge is a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and home of approximately 80 visitor attractions, more than a dozen theaters and scores of restaurants and shops.

Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available at and 800-251-9100.



Tom Adkinson, APR






Tour Companies Put Pigeon Forge Under Microscope

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Pigeon Forge is putting itself on display for 55 VIPs this week in hopes that they will bring thousands of tourists to this Great Smoky Mountains resort town.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism put the word out to the group sales industry about a three-day familiarization tour from Tuesday through Thursday.

“It filled up almost immediately with 55 tour operators from 33 companies in seven states,” said Joy McNealy, senior sales manager for the tourism department, noting that the city is entertaining companies from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

“Some who are coming needed to see all that’s new in town, and others never have been to Pigeon Forge. It’s a great opportunity to sell ourselves,” she said.

Most participating tour companies deal in retail group travel, but others specialize in student travel, family reunions and business meetings.

There is a fixed itinerary for all participants that includes Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction and performances at the Lumberjack Feud, the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, the Smoky Mountain Opry and the Grand Majestic Theater.

Then, there are options to see other shows such as Dixie Stampede, Country Tonite, Memories Theatre and the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery.

“You simply can’t show everything in town, so giving people options that suit their own needs is a necessity,” McNealy said.

A trade show on Thursday at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will provide opportunities for 35 Pigeon Forge businesses to make sales pitches. Businesses include attractions, theaters, lodging properties, cabin companies, restaurants and receptive tour companies.

“The group tour market is extremely important to Pigeon Forge,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the tourism department.

“The American Bus Association is fond of saying that just one overnight stay from a motorcoach can represent as much as $25,000 in revenue to a city. The spending per motorcoach isn’t quite that high for Pigeon Forge, of course, but every tour brings major dollars to town. We love to see tour companies’ motorcoaches roll down the Parkway,” Downey said.

Visitor information for individuals is at, and information for group tour leaders is at


Tom Adkinson, APR



Army Family Deploys to Pigeon Forge Before Afghanistan

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 2012) – An Army family facing a sixth deployment to a war zone got some special time together in Pigeon Forge, and their experience was captured as a half-hour show for the Great American Country (GAC) cable TV network.

“Operation Pigeon Forge: A Family Story” focuses on Staff Sgt. Gerald Britt, his wife Shasta and their children Gabe and Madison. It premiers July 12 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and has 11 more airings later in the month.

Gerald has orders to Afghanistan this fall. He has been to Iraq three times, as well as to Kosovo and Bosnia. Shasta, a veteran herself, is a civilian employee of the Family Readiness Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, assisting other military families with members overseas.

“Before this soldier deploys to Afghanistan, GAC deploys his family to Pigeon Forge,” said show host Nan Kelley, explaining the concept of the program.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism partnered with GAC, which is available in 62 million households and online at, to salute the Britts.

GAC cameras tagged along with the Britts at Pigeon Forge attractions such as Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction, Dixie Stampede, The Track and the Country Tonite show. The Lumberjack Feud dinner show plucked Gerald from the audience for an ax-throwing challenge. His marksmanship was solid.

The Britts’ vacation coincided with the annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade, and Pigeon Forge surprised them by building a float for them to ride on and receive the applause of thousands lining the parade route.

An even bigger surprise came when Dolly Parton greeted them before the parade and offered her personal thanks for their service.

“Families are hugely important to Pigeon Forge, and we are pleased that Pigeon Forge is hugely important to many families. We make memories that strengthen family bonds,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

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