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Young ladies from across the US will be hitting the red dirt to play softball in the SEAA World Series tournament in Pigeon Forge from July 17-26, 2015. Over 80 teams ranging from 8U-18U will be playing their hearts out on the beautiful fields at Wear Farm City Park and vying for that 1st place title and trophy. The complex offers 5 fields, which are surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. There is a park for entertaining the younger siblings as well as picnic tables for snacks in between games.
The tournament offers lots of activities throughout the week for the girls, like a “Welcome to Pigeon Forge” party at the Island as well as SEAA night at Dixie Stampede and Hatfield and McCoy. There is
time to get work done and still have some fun too.
Both of our divas have a passion for softball and we experienced this tournament firsthand last year with our oldest. Her team along with 3 others from Texas traveled to Pigeon Forge to give it their all. The girls and their families had an amazing time at both the tournament as well as in Pigeon Forge. Lots of great memories were made and an eagerness to return again.
Thank you SEAA and Pigeon Forge for this great softball opportunity!!
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- August 11, 2015, 1:00-4:00 pm MST. Billings, MT: Hampton Motel, Lewis and Clark Conference Center, 5110 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101
- August 13, 2015, 1:00-4:00 pm MST. Gillette, WY: Campbell County Library, 2101 4-J Road, Gillette, WY 82718
- August 18, 2015, 1:00 -4:00 pm MST. Colorado, Colorado: Marriott Denver West, 1717 Colorado West Blvd, Golden, CO 80401
Summer is a great time to throw a blanket down and enjoy a picnic with your family. There are no better memories for us than the ones where we are just hanging out and laughing together. Picnics are a great time for just that. I love the conversations that spark up and best of all I just love our time together as a family. Here are a few of our favorite picnic spots when we visit Pigeon Forge.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has so many options. Here you really do not need to have a spot picked out. Just pack a backpack with your necessities and take off for a hike along the many trails. When you find the perfect spot, you can just stop and set up your picnic. However, for those planners that need definite locations, there are places throughout the park with picnic tables. You can find these on the park maps in the Sugarlands Visitor Center or download one from their park website.
Wear Farm City Park – You can make it a day at this park! This is a great place if you have little kids or large families. There are covered pavilions with picnic tables that offer a nice shade and even a charcoal BBQ grill if you prefer to cook up burgers and hot dogs when you get there. The kids will be entertained with the 2 big playgrounds and basketball courts and there is even a walking trail for a nice family walk after your meal.
Patriot Park – This park is big and open, so you will not have any trouble finding a spot to lay out a picnic blanket. There is also lots of room for playing Frisbee, throwing a ball around, or even flying a kite. Patriot Park is located near Old Mill Square where you can do a little shopping afterwards and even grab an ice cream cone for dessert!!
Riverwalk Trail – This is one of my favorite spots. The scenery is beautiful and so peaceful. I love walking along the Little Pigeon River after we eat and watching the girls feed the ducks. Fun times and memories!!
Make sure to make “having a picnic” part of your agenda on your next visit to Pigeon Forge so your family can enjoy these great picnic spots too!!
Here is a fun trail mix that we like to have in our picnic basket:
Bear Lake Trail Mix
- · 1 (18.75 oz.) bag Chex Mix Traditional Snack Mix
- · 2½ cups Bugles
- · 2½ cups Chocolate Chip Teddy Grahams
- · 1½ cups Pretzel M&Ms
- · 1 cup licorice bits
- · 1½ cups Swedish Fish
- · 1½ cups Gold Fish Crackers
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!!
Where do we stay? When planning our family vacations, this question always pops up after we decide where we are going and how we are getting there. Luckily, Pigeon Forge has many great options to choose from and we have never been disappointed in our choices!!
Lodging options in Pigeon Forge:
- Hotels and Motels- This is a great option if you want to be close to all of the action on the Parkway. Most offer a free breakfast and of course, there is maid service. After all, who really wants to clean up after themselves when they are on vacation? The kids can enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools that many hotels/motels have on-site, or take a trip down the lazy river. For those looking to relax, check out the hotels that have spas on-property. With so many hotels and motels located along the Little Pigeon River, beautiful scenery and a river view is as close as a step onto your balcony. Whether you are looking for budget-friendly, or a family-sized suite like at Dollywood’s new DreamMore Resort, you are sure to find something in your comfort zone and price range!
- Condos- This is a great option if you want all the luxuries of home while you are away. They offer many different floor plans which are great for larger families. Condos have fully equipped kitchens which make meal times a little cheaper. Some even have in room Jacuzzi’s for some relaxing time at the end of the day and gas fireplaces for those chilly nights. They offer activities like community pools, game rooms, and exercise facilities. Some condos even have a spa on site!!
- Camping and RV Parks- This is a great option for those true outdoorsy families. You can experience the mountains while sitting by a campfire, enjoying the stars, and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Campsites in Pigeon Forge can house anything from a small tent to a 35 foot RV with hook-ups. Reserve a site on the river for the best seat in the house! The kids will stay entertained going from playground to pool all right there in the campground/RV park. If you’re not up for the task of towing your camper with you, check out camping cabins in town. This option offers adventures galore and one of the biggest perks is cheaper cost!
- Cabins and Chalets- This option is a great way to experience the true “mountain” feel. Most of them are tucked away in the quieter parts of town and offer a spectacular view of the area scenery. Cabins/chalets are spacious, and like condos, you also get fully equipped kitchens for less meal time stress. Also, many of them are split levels. This makes it a great option if you are traveling with multiple families and wish to stay together. For us, an added perk is the kids can get outdoors and explore.
Which option will your family choose on your next visit to the Land of More?
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 10, 2015) – With summer vacations underway, families throughout East Tennessee are spending much more time in the water. Dollywood’s Splash Country, which celebrates its 15th anniversary season in 2015, hosts Water Safety Day on Thursday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Event partners LeConte Medical Center, The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation, WATE-TV and Star 102.1 join Dollywood’s Splash Country to present this exciting event where guests cannot only learn about water and sun safety from multiple informational and interactive vendor booths, but they also can help set a new world record during the sixth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) beginning at 10 a.m.
This worldwide swim lesson happens at water parks around the world at 10 a.m. local time. Dollywood’s Splash Country invites swimmers of any age or ability level to take part in the lesson to become part of the Guinness World Record™ attempt. In 2014, water parks from around the world again broke the record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson, standing at 36,564 participants from 22 different countries.
“Last year’s Water Safety Day proved to be a very effective way for LeConte Medical Center and the Dr. Thomas Foundation to provide important health education to the families in our community,” said LeConte Medical Center President/CAO Jenny Hanson. “We are continuing to partner with Dollywood’s Splash County in an effort to keep the children of Sevier County healthy and safe this summer and beyond.”
Dollywood’s Splash Country will open its gates at 9:30 a.m. to allow Water Safety Day participants to begin visiting the information booths. Each participant will receive a Splash Pass upon check-in, allowing them to receive a prize at each booth throughout the water park. Once the participants have completed their Splash Pass it can be turned in for the chance to win two season passes to Dollywood’s Splash Country.
“Dollywood’s Splash Country is so proud to be a host location for the WLSL again this year during Water Safety Day,” said Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown. “Safety, in and out of the water, is our number one concern, and our goal with this event is to educate children and parents alike on how to have a safe but also fun summer!”
Water Safety Day and all of its partners join forces worldwide with participating aquatic facilities and water parks to take part in the sixth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at 10 a.m. in 2014 Team WLSL again broke the record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson, standing at 36,564 participants from 22 different countries. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children ages one to 14. Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, he or she likely never will. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages one to four. The WLSL partners with Dollywood’s Splash Country and other water parks and aquatic facilities around the world to bring this issue to light and to spread the message that swimming lessons save lives.
Water Safety Day and WLSL registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18 at Dollywood’s Splash Country, front gate opens to guests at 9:30 a.m. Guests should arrive early to register before the WLSL begins at 10 a.m. Dollywood’s Splash Country admission is required to participate in Water Safety Day and may be purchased on-site or online at Dollywood.com.