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Car Show Mania!

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on September 3, 2019

As we near the cusp of the fall season in the Smokies, cars are starting to roll into Pigeon Forge and the rest of the area. In this case, we're talking specifically about show cars – classics, vintage, hot rods, muscle cars, etc. – and the upcoming special events that show off all these fabulous rides. If you're a previous Pigeon Forge visitor, you're probably no stranger to what locals generally call the “rod runs,” but if this is a new experience for you, we'll give you an idea of what to look for as car-show season begins in earnest.

First, we'll start by telling you about a couple of specific shows lined up for the near future. The first is the 37th Annual Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup, which takes place September 6 and 7 at Dollywood Splash Country. The annual event features some 2,300 vehicles, ranging from vintage Corvettes and little Deuce Coupes to wild Mustangs and custom hot rods. They'll be competing for prizes such as a 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster and $10,000 in cash. Also look for special celebrity guests, a giant swap meet and interactive vendor displays. The spectator fee is $10 per day for ages 13 and older. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free.

Coming up after that, September 12 through 14, is the Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run, a spectacular three-day event for any car enthusiast. Generally regarded as the area's largest automotive event each year, the Rod Run takes place at the LeConte Event Center in Pigeon Forge and will host car lovers and gear heads from all over the country as they compete for $8,000 in cash, Top 25 awards, Ultimate 5 awards and King of the Hill honors. The event also features a huge swap meet and, of course, hundreds and hundreds of show cars.

If you like cars, these events are quite a spectacle. You'll see custom vehicles of all types, of all vintages and all levels of customization and restoration. The owners like to get to town a little early and show off their babies as they cruise up and down the Parkway and other roadways of the Smokies. It's hard not to point and gawk if you're in traffic with them. We just advise that you keep your eyes on the road and try not to get too distracted.

If you're planning to come to the Smokies in the near future, and you're not necessarily a big fan of car shows, you might want to consider scheduling your trip around these events. Be forewarned that traffic gets extremely heavy in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg on these weekends, and it can often result in bumper-to-bumper gridlock. Some visitors don't mind. Some do. If a logjam doesn't sound like your idea of a great way to spend a Pigeon Forge vacation, then you may want to travel here on a non-car-show weekend.

Regardless, we're still going to be here ziplining at Smoky Mountain Ziplines! We have some of the hottest ziplines in the Smokies, not to mention some of the most unforgettable views of the Smokies. We're the best place to zipline Sevierville, TN, Pigeon Forge, TN or Gatlinburg, TN, and if you plan your navigation carefully, you can get to us on the seldom-traveled back roads and avoid the gridlock altogether. It's a win-win!


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