Fans of Southern gospel music who happen to be visiting town next week are in for a treat. The 8th Annual Southern Gospel Music FanFair event gets under way, running April 30 through May 5 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.
Noted as one of the largest live gatherings of its kind, this annual concert event features performances by an impressive roster of artists, including quartets, soloists, comedians and more. Thousands of Southern gospel fans are expected to gather at the convention center for six days of music, fellowship and family fun.
Concerts are scheduled Monday through Saturday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and meet-and-greet events are also scheduled for 3 p.m. daily. Music, souvenirs and concessions will be available for purchase at each meet and greet. Worship services will take place at 9 a.m. each day. Fan awards will be given out at a special ceremony on Thursday night.
This year’s lineup is a Who’s Who of Southern gospel, showcasing legendary and new groups alike. The roster includes such groups and artists as The Blackwoods, New Prophets and Crimson Ridge.
Make plans today to check out the Southern Gospel Music FanFair, and remember to browse our selection of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg cabin rentals.
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center offers guests unique insights into the different people and civilizations that have called this area home. The museum serves as both a vital educational tool and a reminder of the challenges faced by our predecessors.
Located on a three-acre site in Townsend—less than a mile from the Blount County entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and just a few miles from our cabins in Wears Valley, TN—the center consists of a 17,000-square-foot main building, a collection of historic out buildings and an outdoor amphitheater.
The self-guided tour utilizes both artifacts and interactive computers to illustrate different aspects of life for both Native American residents and white settlers. A partially reconstructed cabin, along with genuine articles once owned by early settlers, help illustrate the more recent history of Cades Cove and other communities that were eventually absorbed into the national park.
The grounds behind the main building showcase a number of preserved structures, including a log home, a setoff house from the Little River Lumber Company and the Montvale Station stage stop, which dates back to 1836. Visitors are allowed to step inside the different buildings to get an up-close look at pioneer lifestyles.
Our company deals primarily with Wears Valley, TN cabin rentals, and while many of our guests choose our properties for their remote, scenic locations and mountain and valley settings, most of our visitors are still interested in getting out and exploring the area and finding attractions.
Fortunately, there are lots of fun activities for the whole family right here in Wears Valley, which means you don’t even have to venture into Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg to have yourself a good time.
The biggest attraction here is the natural one—Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and most out-of-towners don’t realize that there’s a seldom-traveled entrance to the park here in Wears Valley. As a matter of fact, it’s just down the road from our rental office. Ask us about it when you stop in, and we’ll give you directions.
Many of the man-made attractions here still take advantage of our natural resources, history and culture. You’ll find places where you clip on to a zipline to find a few thrills or saddle up a horse and explore the wilderness. We’ve even got a new attraction coming this summer that promises ziplines, a chairlift and mountain biking.
If a romantic getaway sounds like a great way to spend an upcoming weekend, we have one of our charming cabins in Pigeon Forge, TN for you to consider. I Can Only Imagine is a cozy log cabin located just minutes from town, in a wonderful log cabin community with swimming pool access.
Amenities include a queen bed, a master bath with indoor whirlpool tub, an outdoor hot tub and free wireless Internet access. If the nights happen to be on the chilly side, there are even two gas fireplaces to help heat things up nicely.
Outdoor relaxation will be easy to find thanks to the deck with rocking chairs and porch swing overlooking a mountain stream. For indoor diversion, this cabin features a game room with foosball table, three TVs and a DVD player.
While you’ll certainly want to check out some of the area restaurants while you’re in town, you can make your own candlelight dinner in the fully equipped and stocked kitchen, which includes a dishwasher, microwave, range, coffee maker and fridge. Or you may want to take it outdoors and throw some steaks or burgers on the gas grill.