Posts By: Dusty Camp

About Dusty Camp

Dusty Camp

I moved to the Smoky Mountains a few years ago from Alabama - a big change, but one I'm glad I made. I like meeting all the different types of people who visit here, and getting to know a little bit about them. I love to watch all the wildlife throughout Cades Cove, but most of all I like winter, waking up to see everything covered in snow and icicles.

Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair 2016

The Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair of 2016 happens October 6-23 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, with doors open 10-6 daily and 10-5 Sunday for two weeks. It’s fall in the Smoky Mountains, and the harvest is abundant especially when it comes to arts and crafts.

This ever popular show is the place for window shopping, or shopping for real, and the pickings are astonishingly varied and rich. There are more than 150 booths, and all the summer’s new work coming out of the hills to town from the nation’s largest community of independent artists and craftspeople who make this area their home.

images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Community

images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Community

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Magic Shows in Pigeon Forge

Terry-Hands-out-fire-webThe Pigeon Forge area has an abundance of magic for the kids and family, with shops selling magic tricks, and great shows producing those tricks before your eyes.

Two of the greatest shows in Pigeon Forge are Magic Beyond Belief at the Smoky Mountain Opry theater, and the Wonders of Magic show that happens at the WonderWorks museum attraction.
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Old Mill Heritage Day, 2016

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN, is hosting its 13th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day this Saturday, September 24, 2016. Admission is FREE to this family-friendly event, which is open from 10am to 6pm. There will be food and amusements for all ages. Bring blankets and chairs and get comfortable for the whole day.

Images courtesy of the Old Mill

Images courtesy of the Old Mill

 

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Top Things To Do With Kids in the Smokies: Part 1 – Fun & Games

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have incredible kids attractions that educate and entertain at once. Kids and adults as a family can experience the wonders of history, science, and record-setting human feats at these top venues for fun, family field trips.

Kids full of energy? Give them the big adventure of being here in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Even getting around is fun – families in the know hop on the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Trolley and skip the traffic.

image courtesy of Aquarium of the Smokies

image courtesy of Aquarium of the Smokies

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It’s the 17th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2016

The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is one of the best festivals in the Smoky Mountains, and almost unheard of. This year the 3-day festival happens September 15-17, at the same time as the Rod Run in Pigeon Forge – so if you want to drive a few miles out of town up to Kodak and get away from the snarl, you can trade motors for music.

The Dumplin Valley festival is on a farm with an RV camp, and people book months or even a year ahead of time to be there. The festival is open to day trippers however.

image courtesy of Dumplin Valley Farm

images courtesy of Dumplin Valley Farm

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Fall Rod Run 2016

The street party is back again as Pigeon Forge starts its engines for three days and nights of the 34th Annual Fall Rod Run, Thursday-Saturday, September 15-17, 2016. Some of the fanciest custom wheels in the country gather here for this event, the great American art form known as Cruising the Strip.

The event draws thousands of extra visitors into town, come to mingle in the friendly crowds, and to watch the gleaming chrome and paint jobs slowly driving by.There’s lot of muscle on display too, with plenty of supercharged motors loping at low revs, and straining for the highway.

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Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup 2016

It’s the first weekend after Labor Day, which means for the 34th year running, the annual Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup is coming to Pigeon Forge. The event is held again in Dollywood’s Splash Country grounds, Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, 2016.

Image courtesy of Shades of the Past

Images courtesy of Shades of the Past

Hundreds of amazing vehicles with gleaming paint and lots of muscle – and all of a vintage no later than 1972 – will again gather from all over to show off their lines and celebrate some of America’s best cars ever built. There will be multiple awards and a Second Prize of $10,000 – with the First prize again a ’32 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster, custom built by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop, a famous native Tennessee operation.

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Hollywood Star Cars Museum

images courtesy of the Museum

images courtesy of the Museum

Tour the Hollywood Star Cars Museum and you’re in for an exciting Gatlinburg, TN attraction. Movie buffs and car enthusiasts will rejoice. So slide your keys into the ignition, start ‘er up, and coast on down to the Museum at 914 Parkway.

Get ready to tour a collection of more than 40 famous vehicles. There’s everything from the General Lee on TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard” to the original TV Batmobile. There’s also the newer Batmobile used in the 1992 “Batman Returns” movie. This is a place that will either stick to you like the Love Bug or be Gone in 60 Seconds.

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Gatlinburg Sky Lift

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Images courtesy of the Sky Lift

If you’re looking for breathtaking, panoramic views of Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding Smoky Mountains, opt for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. One of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg, the Sky Lift offers an uplifted excursion for the whole family.

The Sky Lift takes passengers 1,800 feet high atop Crockett Mountain, which many people call Gatlinburg’s #1 scenic overlook. From the ride up and the top you can see downtown Gatlinburg’s attractions – maybe you can even see your cabin!

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