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Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg
August 21 - 24, 2017

The first day, we arrived at our hotel, where our bags were unloaded, then headed for a very nice dinner at Frizzle Chicken in Pigeon Forge.  Frizzle Chicken is a new restaurant located next to the Comedy Barn.

After dinner, we walked right next door to The Comedy Barn.

This ventriloquist was excellent.  We were not sure if the dog was real or not until he jumped off the box and walked off the stage.

I wish I could have captured how good this young Norwegian man was at juggling.

And I have to admit - this guy was a bit scary at first, but proved to be very funny.

The morning of Day 2 took us to the Smith Morning Variety Show.

 

After the show, we spent some free time on The Island, a new addition to Pigeon Forge.

We then enjoyed a spectacular show at Smoky Mountain Opry. 

Michael - our greeter. 

As you can see by Michael being pictured below, all of the entertainers do double duty at the shows.

The young man - I believe he was 13 - has a very promising carreer ahead of him! 

Remember the fella below from the picture above.  He will show up again on Day 3. 

The fella pictured below tickled me.  He was so stoic and serious - he reminded me of Lurch.

 

Dinner this evening was at Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant.

On Day 3, we had dinner at Hatfield & McCoy Family Feud.  I had posted the pictures out of order, but hoped everyone would understand.  :-) We ended the evening with a dinner show at Hatfield & McCoy Family Feud. 

The gal pictured below greeted our bus and gave George, our driver, a really hard time teasing him.

On Day 3, our step-on guide met us at our hotel for a guided tour through the Smoky Mountains.  It was quite interesting to see the char that still remained after the fires.  A look at a common morning in the Smokys.  The "smoke" is actually rotting vegetation.

As I had mentioned to remember the entertainer at the Smoky Mountain Opry - it turned out he was our step-on guide.  He was absolutely super!  We even did aq sing-a-long to "Sixteen Tons" on the bus.  As they say - "Clothes make the man".

 

It was quite funny - one of our passengers noticed that an employee (the guy in the blue shirt) at the visitors center was trying to be coy about following and watching our guide.  He was skeptical about who he was and what he was doing there.

 

The "smoke" cleared in the afternoon, so we could better see exactly how close the fires actually came to Gatlinburg.  Gatlinburg was very lucky that rain moved in when it did.

Below are pictures of the same general area in the afternoon when the air cleared.

Some great photo opportunities.

After touring the mountains, we ended up in Gatlinburg.  Contrary to news reports, Gatlinburg did not burn down!

 

We were first dropped at the Old Smoky Mountain Distillery for a moonshine tasting.

Telling us how their moonshine is made.

We were able to taste any or all of the 13 flavors of moonshine lined up on the bar.  Not to worry....it was only about a large thimbleful of each.

Someone caught me "participating" with the group.

Some of us chose to have lunch on our own at Blaine's Grill & Bar.

A little entertainment in an alcove outside the distillery.

We loved taking pictures with these guys!  They were a total hoot while waiting for the bus to pick us up.  HillbilliesInTheHoller.com

The evening ended at the Hatfield & McCoy Family Feud dinner show.  Pictures are posted above out of order.