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As summer shifts into fall, our little Smoky Mountain city is gearing up for a busy rod run season. The season kicks off the first weekend in September, when Shades of the Past rolls into town to show off some of the coolest cars of days long ago. From American muscle to exotic finds from overseas, you’ll find it all at this exciting event.


Here are five more fall rod runs to look forward to in Pigeon Forge:

  • Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run will take place at the new LeConte Center off Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge September 12-14. This run is one of the most popular car shows in Pigeon Forge simply because of the cooler weather, lack of summertime visitors and the slight chance of seeing some fall colors start to show! This Pigeon Forge rod run features thousands of hot rods and muscle cars of all years, makes, models, colors, and sizes. It’s eye-candy for car lovers! Call 865-687-3976 for additional information.

  • True Blue Fall Ford Truck Festival rolls into nearby Townsend, TN, Septemeber 18-20. If you love classic American trucks, you’ll love what you’ll see at this annual event sponsored by True Blue Truck magazine! Participants can enjoy family-friendly events throughout the weekend while checking out some of the country’s most awesome all-American Ford trucks!

  • Fast Cars and Mason Jars celebrates the link between souped-up cars and moonshine here in the Great Smoky Mountains. This annual event features music, muscle and, of course, moonshine at the Ole’ Smoky distillery in Downtown Gatlinburg on the last weekend in September, the 26th and 27th.

  • Circle Yer Wagens brings some of the most unique German imports in the country right to East Tennessee. From classic bugs to unique vans, you’ll see it all the annual VW show and swap meet, held October 4-5 at the Sevier County Fair Grounds!

  • The Fall Corvette Expo will bring nearly 4,000 ‘Vette lovers to the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort this year, October 17-18. From classic Stingrays to the zippy Z06, you can participate in American muscle history at this annual expo!

See a full list of Pigeon Forge rod runs, travel tips and more at

Are you looking forward to fall rod run season in Pigeon Forge? Share your thoughts and stories at the Facebook page!


Posted: 8/28/2014 4:40:46 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Fall Rod Run Favorite Colors

Pigeon Forge is the best place to find bright fall colors…on cars! Everyone knows the Smoky Mountains are the hot place for finding the best fall leaf colors, but now is the time to start making your game plan for the upcoming 2014 Fall Rod Run. Little known fact…Rod Run goers book hotel rooms and condos on the 2nd floor and higher. Why? For optimum car viewing.

Anyone who has attended this giant car event knows that early planning is crucial. Most visitors check in to their cabin or hotel located close to the main 4-lane Pigeon Forge Parkway, then prepare to stay put. At the height of the weekend, the main Parkway is seized in a state of gridlock…not a bad gridlock but a fun gridlock where folks get to know each other by conversing between car windows.

VENUE CHANGE: Most official Rod Run events now take place at LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge…the official hub of all things Rod Run.  If you have questions about the Fall Rod Run, you can always call the main event organizers at (865) 687-3976.

Many car clubs travel to Pigeon Forge in caravans. Lots of specialized car clubs host their own events that are separate from the main car show. These break-out groups have their own events, promotions, and dinners.

We are currently in the middle of summer, but it is not too early to start thinking about fall in in Pigeon Forge. Now is the best time to start planning to discover the best yellows, oranges, reds and purples…not only on trees but on cars!


Posted: 7/24/2014 3:54:57 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


The Rod Run season here in Pigeon Forge is officially underway. The season’s first run was last weekend, and was held at a new location for the first time in its nearly 30-year history!

Here’s what a few of our Facebook fans had to say about the rod run’s new location at the new LeConte Center on Teaster Lane:

chevy-in-pigeon-forge.jpg“Thought it was great. I've been going for approximately 20 years and really enjoyed it. Just keep the prices down and it should last forever.”Matt Wilson

“We had lots of fun, can’t wait to come back…  All-in-all awesome! And we got to meet Horny Mike from Counting Cars.”Tracey and Cathie Pannell

“Terrific as always!” Rebecca Smith

“I think it worked out very well”Randy Riddle

“I LOVED the new location! So much more space! I loved the vendors and concessions inside the center, and the other cars and booths in the parking lot seemed so expansive! We got to see so much MORE at the LeConte Center, and even though the event was shorter, we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. Can’t wait to come back for more shows later on in the season. We love Pigeon Forge and always have an amazing time here!” Beth and Paul Kippers

You’ll have a few chances to experience a Pigeon Forge rod run for yourself in coming days. Upcoming Spring car shows in the Smokies include:
  • May 1-4: Yellow Mustang Car Show - located at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.
  • May 3-4: Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds. For more information, call (865) 453-0770.
  • May 14-17: Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show -  Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show,  9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily,Country Cascades Hotel Between red lights 3 & 4 (behind TGI Fridays. 204 Sharon Dr.)
  • May 15-17: Annual F-100 Supernationals & All Ford Show -   Located in the city municipal parking lot on Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge
  • June 6-7: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge - Classic Car Show at Music Road Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

The fall season revs up again in September. Fall rod runs include:
  • September 5-6: Shades of the Past Rod Run - For more information call Dan Draper at (865) 995-2009 or visit
  • September 12-16: Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run - in Pigeon Forge, TN at LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge.
  • September 26-27: Fast Cars & Mason Jars Moonshine Festival-Live music, fast cars, and moonshine combine for this unique event at popular Ole Smoky Moonshine in Downtown Gatlinburg.
  • October 4-5: Circle Yer Wagens - Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds.
  • October 12: 16th Annual Smoky Bear Open Car/Motorcycle Show & Silent Auction - Located at Sevier County High School.
  • October 17-18: Fall Corvette Expo - over 4,000 visitors flock to this expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort.
  • October 23-26: 25th Annual Hudsons In The Heartland - This meet by Hudson car enthusiasts' Smoky Mountain Heartland Chapter will once again be held at the Vacation Lodge in Pigeon Forge.

There’s still plenty of time to plan your trip to Pigeon Forge in time for a spring or fall rod run. Springtime visitors will enjoy mild tempatures and have a chance to see beautiful flowers in bloom; Fall visitors will be able to bask in the seasonal color changes and see brilliant hues! You can browse Pigeon Forge lodging options like hotels, cabins and condos  to help make your vacation planning simple!

See a few of our trips for attending a Pigeon Forge car show:
Posted: 4/17/2014 12:33:05 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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