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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2010 Trout Tournament

The 11th annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is back again and this time it's April 3-4. You can watch or participate as people of all ages fish for the largest trout. This event attracts many locals as well as tourists to see who will win the grand prize. The tournament will start on Saturday, April 3, at sunrise and will end at 4pm. On Sunday, the tournament will start at sunrise and end at 2 pm.

Now don't forget that you still have to abide by all the Gatlinburg and state of Tennessee fishing laws. Here are the rules for the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament:

  • One hand held rod with a single hook with a limit of 5 fish.
  • No fishing on the Friday before the tournament and no fishing after tournament hours on Saturday and Sunday
  • Only trout will be weighed and must be 7 inches long.
  • Only registed fisherman can participate in this event.
  • Total weight of the trout for the two days will determine the winner.
The rivers of the Smoky Mountain National Park will be stocked with trout. There are over 20 miles of streams and 10,000 trout will be put into those rivers. Get in on this trout tournament for a chance to win $500 for the largest trout or $500 for the smallest, trophies, gift certificates, fishing equipment, amusement passes and much more. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away. Anyone can enjoy this event, just make sure you're in town between April 3-4!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Easter at Ober Gatlinburg 2010

Celebrating Easter at Ober Gatlinburg is a unique experience. This year it will be on Easter morning, April 4 2010. This is the 12th year for Easter at Ober and it will begin 6:30am. Free tram rides will be available to you at no cost. The rides will begin at 6pm and will continue is 15 minute intervals. If you choose not to ride the tram you could drive your own car up to Ober Gatlinburg Resort. Be aware that parking is limited and this is a popular event. Everyone is encouraged to join the service and it will be approximately 30-40 minutes long.

After the service a breakfast buffet will be available for those who are interested. It will be from 7am until 10:30am at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant. There will be biscuits, bagels, cereal, muffins and many other breakfast foods including omelets. Also there will be beverages such as coffee, milk, orange juice and other sodas. Enjoy the service and a nice warm meal afterwards!

Easter at Ober Gatlinburg is a great way to enjoy Easter Sunday. Be sure you make it up to Mount Harris to listen to the service and enjoy the breakfast as well. It’s a unique experience and a great way to spend a Sunday in Gatlinburg TN.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Easter Arts & Crafts 2010

This year's Arts and Crafts Community Easter Arts and Crafts Show will be held between March 31 and April 3. This will be a great time to visit Gatlinburg for special, quality, handmade goods from local Gatlinburg artisans. The Arts and Crafts Community is an 8 mile loop off Highway 321 in Gatlinburg where multiple shops are set up by the artisans who make pottery, blankets, jewelry and other one of a kind crafts. Instead of driving the 8 mile loop you can visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center and find all the artisans in one spot.

There will be over 100 artisans at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. There will be many displays set up for you to browse through. The artisans will be at their booths making custom orders or you can buy some of their goods. The items make great souvenirs or gifts to take home to your family. Admission to the Arts and Crafts Show is free. You don't have to buy anything while you're there but it's a great way to spend a day.

The Arts and Crafts Shows only come twice a year. If you'll be in town to catch one of them you'll be sure to love it. There will be over 100 craftsmen from the Arts and Crafts Community. Make sure you stop by the Convention Center if you'll be in town between March 31- April 3. It's a free show and a great way to spend some time exploring Gatlinburg.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Gatlinburg Screenfest 2010

Gatlinburg Screenfest will be held from March 26-28 this year. The film festival made it’s debut last year and is returning again this year to put on a show to top last year. The event is open to any person who wants to see the shows. So if you enjoy movies then be sure you’re in town for Screenfest.

The Screenfest event will start on Friday night at the Duck Blind Lounge at 6pm. Some of the movies from this year will be played that night. Saturday will be a busy day with plenty for you to enjoy. All day you will be able to catch some of the independent films from this year playing. The winners from last year will have their movies playing for you to view that morning. Watching the movies from last year will be free but donations are requested to benefit the American Red Cross. Starting at 5:30pm a workshop for anyone who is interested in being in the film industry will take place. Hang around on Sunday to see who wins which awards during the Awards Ceremony.

Come out and enjoy the movies during Gatlinburg Screenfest. Some of the movie titles that will be playing from this year are The Suffering, A Little Christmas, #1, The Ground Beneath Us, and several others that you might enjoy. Lengths of each movie vary but one thing is for certain, you will want to come back again next year.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Celebrate Santa and Parade

The best place to vacation is Gatlinburg TN and even Santa (all of them) know that. The Celebrate Santa event will be in Gatlinburg from March 14-16 ,2010. If you've never been to Gatlinburg during Celebrate Santa get ready to see hundreds of Santas and Mrs. Claus' walking down the Parkway and shopping. There will be more than 400 Santa and Mrs. Claus' as well as their Reindeer!

The Santa's use their "off" time by traveling to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for a trade show, work shops and classes. They learn how to be better Santas and share tips and tricks. If you would like to be a Santa you can join in on the fun too.

There will be classes for wardrobes, beards, entertaining and all other things Santa is affiliated in. There will be exhibits to view, workshops to attend, clothes to buy and later a parade to attend. There will be a tube race for the Santa's as well at Ober Gatlinburg on March 16. Don't miss the fashion show either. These two events will be open to the public so even if you aren't a Santa you can enjoy the Santa events.

This year is all the more exciting. The Celebrate Santa will be tied into the motion picture Nicholas of Myra which will be about the life of jolly old St. Nicholas. The director and lead actor of this movie will be Grand Marshals for the Holly and Shamrock Parade.

The Holly and Shamrock Parade is a "St. Nicholas meets St. Patrick" event. Be at the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg for the parade starting at 4pm on March 13. Watch as the Claus' ride by on floats, reindeer trot by, elves wave and throw candy and watch out for the eye catching floats. Leprechauns and elves will combine to walk down the Parkways so come out to watch. You'll see carriages, balloons, bands, singing, wagons, llamas and many other unique sitings for a parade.

Come to Gatlinburg between March 14-16 to enjoy all that the Celebrate Santa and Holly and Shamrock Parade have to offer. Bring your camera. You won't believe how many Santa's will be there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gatlinburg Springfest 2010

Gatlinburg Springfest is right around the corner. It will start on March 11 and end on June 7. If you’ll be visiting Gatlinburg during that time you’re in for a treat. The trees will start waking up from their winter naps, colorful flowers will line the streets of Gatlinburg and add color to the mountains, and warm weather will greet you. The Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg will be brightened by sunflowers, lilies, petunias and many other Spring time flowers all down the main streets. Spring time is the best time to visit Gatlinburg and also to enjoy Springfest.

Gatlinburg makes sure you have plenty of events to enjoy while visiting the town. The Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community will hold their annual Easter Arts and Crafts show from March 31 until April 3 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. These artisans have plenty of homemade goods for you to look through, buy and take home as souvenirs. They have unique potteries, paintings, jewelry, handbags, clothing, and other home goods that you’ll enjoy. Their merchandise are good to take home to remember your trip to Gatlinburg, TN by.

Easter Sunrise Service will be on April 4 this year at Ober Gatlinburg. This service has been a tradition for the past 12 years. Enjoy an Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg in the middle of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Free trams rides will start at 6am and take you to the top of the mountain for the service beginning at 6:30am. After the service head over to Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant for a breakfast buffet that will be waiting for you starting at 7am and ending at 10:30am.

If you haven’t experienced Gatlinburg’s Ribfest and Wing event then this is the year to come. Be sure to be in Gatlinburg on April 22 to enjoy many different barbeque vendors’ different ribs and wings. Be sure to bring your appetite because you get to sample the many different kinds of ribs and wings that will be offered. Take advantage of Ribfest this year. There will be live entertainment to liven the mood as you walk from stand to stand enjoying the barbeque.

Enjoy the 60th Annual Spring Wildflower from April 21-25. If you enjoy nature and hiking this is a great time for you to visit. You can sign up for classes to hike through trails in the Smoky Mountains to see the different flowers in bloom. There will be demonstrations, classes, hikes, lectures and many other exhibitions you’ll enjoy during these 5 days. Get some fresh mountain air, grab your hiking boots and set out to see Mother Nature at her best.

On May 14 the Scottish Festival and Game. Their annual parade will be taking place at 6pm the evening of May 14. Bring your Celtic pride to Gatlinburg, TN and congregate with other clans and march through the streets of Gatlinburg. May 15 and 16 at Mills Park you’re invited to participate in the Scottish Festival and Games to compete in the bagpipe competition, highland dancing, border collie demonstration and many other competitions that are true to Scottish roots.

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival will take place on May 15 and 16. Artists from all around will be displaying their art for all to enjoy. While you’re browsing through be sure to enjoy the food supplied by vendors and listen to the music from the live band that will be playing.

Not only can you enjoy the many events that will be taking place during Springfest but you can take part in hiking, kayaking, bicycling, sight see, outdoor race tracks and mini golf courses, etc. They are all great ways to experience the Smoky Mountains and spend quality time making memories with your loved ones. Take a drive through the Park if you have time to see the wildlife and beautiful colors of Spring in the mountains. Spring time is the perfect time to visit Gatlinburg, TN. The warm weather, great events and fun activities are waiting for your arrival!

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