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Defending Gatlinburg!

Today's show someone called in and thought Pigeon Forge was the trip they'd like to forget. I'm just writing in to defend Pigeon Forge.... Yes, it does have all that the man claimed- mini gold, go karts, water parks, outlet malls... Dollywood... and "The Dixie Stampede". That's part of it's charm, be corny, relax and a little bit of everything for everyone. Just a short drive and you're in one of the most visited National Parks in our Nation- or challenge one of the kids at mini golf! I just spent Easter at Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg with my daughter and son-in-law.... we had a blast. From the Nascar Speedway (go-karts) to driving up the mountain it was a fantastic time.

My biggest surprise was the Dixie Stampede. I've been through the area quite a few times but had always shunned "Dixie Stampede." It just sounded too hokey. Well, this time we went and had a whoopin' hollerin' time. It's on the same concept as the Medieval Times- seating around a arena... but this time it's the North vs the South. When you buy your ticket they ask you where you're from. I took it they were just being friendly as everyone I encountered. Then I found out why... they seat you according to your home state. Beautiful trained horses, comedy, quite a show. Plus the food, even though eaten with your fingers, was delicious! More food than one should eat... a whole roasted chicken, pork medallions, broasted potato, biscuits and for dessert a cherry turnover.

My advice- it's what you make of it.

Cathy Mcguire


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