Saddle Up! for Country Western Style in the Smokies

 Big hat, no cattle? Ever wonder whether you could cut it on a dude ranch? If you plan to investigate cabin rentals in Wears Valley for the weekend following Valentine’s Day next month, consider also rounding up a good time by visiting the Saddle Up! event at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge during your stay.

This is the 14th year that folks from all walks of life have the opportunity to sample all things Western. Learn more about cowboy life beginning Wednesday, February 19th and ending Sunday, February 23rd. There are multiple free events and also some fee-paid concerts and activities.

First, put your heels up for the music. If you are curious about how lyrics and melodies are put together, attend the songwriters’ symposium. Come absorb fiddle and guitar styles, or some western swing demonstrated by national artists. The entertainment list includes Belinda Gail, Hot Club of Cowtown, Ray Doyle and other multi-talented performer/songwriters.

Sop up some history with cowboy stories and Western images. There is plenty to experience throughout the four-day event.

Then chow down on the hearty food: try sampling cornbread,  or indulge in a satisfying meal straight from the chuckwagon. You’ll be darn pleased you did.  The event ends with a special cowboy church service on Sunday.

So if you’ve never gotten closer to cowboy life than a guided horseback ride, give it a try. If you already enjoy the Western lifestyle, I am certain you are already planning to attend. For a more detailed list of schedule events for Saddle Up!, check this link:

There’s always something unique to do in our area, and never any reason to be bored. Pack your boots, and come join in!

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