By Darryl Payne
Posted on February 23, 2011
If you decide to visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this weekend, you may want to check out what has become one of the city’s most popular annual events. The 11th Annual Saddle Up! Festival runs February 24 through 27, closing out Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest celebration with a variety of cowboy-themed activities and shows.
The four-day schedule includes three stage shows, a chuck wagon cook-off, a western marketplace, a western swing dance, Cowboy Church and two “intimate evening” dinner shows with Wylie and the Wild West and the Quebe Sisters Band.
Events are scheduled at several Pigeon Forge-area venues, including Mama’s Farmhouse Kitchen, The Partridge & Pear restaurant, the Smith Family Theater, Belz Factory Outlet World and Stages West.
For the third time in the 11-year history of Saddle Up!, the festival has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Independent judges evaluate festivals and special events to identify ones deemed especially worthy of leisure travelers’ attention in the 12-state Southeast Tourism Society region.
Other accolades for Saddle Up! include being named to American Cowboy Magazine’s list of the “Top 101 Western Events” in the nation.
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