13th Annual Saddle Up! Festival

With February just around the corner, it means that it’s time for the 13th Annual Saddle Up Festival! Filled with four days of yummy food, talented performers and intriguing presentations, the Saddle Up festival is a yearly event that everyone looks forward to. The staff has worked hard all year lining up the finest talent in the nation to entertain you and your family, so come visit Pigeon Forge – you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

The Saddle Up Festival is a celebration of the “Old West,” capturing the spirit of the country through authentic chuck-wagon food, western photography, storytelling and video presentations. This year the event will be held from February 21st through February 24th, 2013. The event will kick off at The Old Mill Square on Wednesday, February 20th from 10:00AM-11:00AM. Stop by and celebrate the kick-off with free cornbread sampling by Kent Rollins and the Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon!

Whether you’re looking for an intimate music experience or good time with a group, the Saddle Up Festival offers multiple daily events to suit all of your needs. Some events are free, while others require a ticket but offer a delicious dinner and private performance.

One free event you won’t want to miss is the video presentation and photography exhibit by award-wining photographer, Ken Jenkins. Ken has been photographing for more than 30 years and has had his work displayed in National Geographic and Southern Living magazines. Jenkins also developed Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Smoky Mountains, and annual event dedicated to teaching residents and visitors about nature in the Smokies.

Everyone’s favorite event of this festival is arguably the Chuck Wagon Lunch! Held at Clabough’s Campground, the price is $10 dollars per plate and will provide you with some of the tastiest, authentic western cooking in the United States. The lunch rush begins promptly at noon, so swing by and take a break from your usual Pigeon Forge lunch fare.

The event comes to close with a chuck wagon breakfast, brought to you by Kent Rollins & the Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon. The breakfast will be held at Stages West from 8:30-10:30AM, before the crew begins their Cowboy Church service to start off Sunday the Smoky Mountain way. The service is non-denominational and everyone is invited to the Sunday morning celebration.

Additional events include musical performances by Wylie & the Wild West, Sourdough Slim and The Quebe Sisters Band. Bring the kids to the Buckaroo Roundup at Clabough’s Camgroup for kid-friendly entertainment and cowboy-themed activities that the children will love.

For more information, ticket prices and a full schedule of the 13th Annual Saddle Up Festival, please visit: http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events_winterfest_saddleup.aspx

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