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Cowboy Up At The Annual Saddle Up! Pigeon Forge Festival
Posted on:Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Are you daydreaming of a way to beat the winter blues? Has it been too long since your last family vacation? Are you simply exhausted after the holiday season? Is it time to make some wonderful memories with your loved ones? If so, the Saddle Up! Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is for you! From February 19 through February 23, 2014, the 14th annual Saddle Up! Festival will excite people of all ages in the Smoky Mountain area. This four day event will celebrate the American West and provide family friendly fun while doing so! The Saddle Up! Festival is not your average event, lasting only a few hours and leaving you left to plan the rest of your stay. This festival can encompass your entire getaway in Pigeon Forge and could easily be the whole reason for your vacation! Saddle Up! will provide you, your family and friends with endless food, learning experiences and entertainment.

If just the thought of a festival makes you hungry, Saddle Up! is a terrific place for you! Spend time at the festival sampling traditional cowboy delights and satisfy those hunger pangs. The cornbread and chili will certainly keep you warm in the cool, mountain air. Also, the Saddle Up Sampler should be a stop on everyone's itinerary! Here, you will enjoy tasty treats of the most loved western foods. For the best of both the food and entertainment worlds, make sure to reserve a spot at the Saddle Up! Dinner Theater. At the theater, you will be not only laugh at the hilarity, but also be fed a delicious and memorable meal. The Chuckwagon Cookoff is yet another way to delight yourself in the food of the American West. However, do not allow yourself to get too full, because Sunday morning boasts the annual Chuckwagon Breakfast, which ends just in time for traditional Sunday Church. Come and enjoy a hearty cowboy breakfast that will be sure to have you attempting to create replicas once back home!

Pigeon Forge's annual Saddle Up! Festival leaves all attendees feeling a bit more intelligent upon departure. Many of us may feel uneducated in the culture of the American cowboy. Unfortunately, we have not had the opportunity to learn more. Saddle Up! will help bring that culture to life! In front of your very eyes, Saddle Up! will teach you and yours all you would like to know, while engaging each of your senses. A fun activity for festival guests is to attend workshops and learn roping skills, as well as the art of cowboy cooking. Once the guests are ready to get moving, they can swing on over for a class in western dancing. This type of dancing is not only fun, but it is easy to learn and great for your health! After dancing, enjoy a little rest and relaxation watching the Western Photo/Video Presentation. Here, you will sit back and enjoy pictures from both the old and new west. To further keep your attention, real life videos and also reenactments will be showed of gunfights, horse and carriage travels and life at a saloon. People of all ages will enjoy expanding their minds and saturating themselves in this unique cultural experience.

Finally, we move to the entertainment aspect of the Saddle Up! Festival. Most people think of a festival as being full of exciting things to do. Saddle Up! does not disappoint this expectation! If music is your passion, make sure to attend any of the many concerts put on by well known western musicians. Country and Western music overlap in many ways, so there is no telling who you may see on stage! Do not forget the Songwriter's Workshop, presented to guests for no charge, while exploring the music scene. If you have a love of dancing, singles, couples and children will have a blast at the Cowboy Dance. The Cowboy Dance is traditionally on Saturday night and is always a crowd favorite. Come and show off those newly learned swing dancing skills or simply sit on the sidelines and people watch! If dancing leaves you needing to take a seat, make sure you join us for our traditional Cowboy Storytelling. Here, you will hear many tall tales from the west, some nonfiction stories and outstanding poetry. Other activities at the Saddle Up! Festival includes the Buckaroo Roundup and Cowboy Church on Sunday morning, which concludes the festival.

In summary, the Saddle Up! Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is an event sure to thrill the entire family and every age range. All events are scheduled to be held at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. For your convenience, many tickets can be purchased online ahead of time while making your lodging reservations. However, there are a multitude of activities that are free to attend, so be sure to check them out! We here in Pigeon Forge look forward to seeing you February 19-23, 2014, as you make priceless memories with your family and friends at the Saddle Up! Festival!


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