Courtesy of My Pigeon Forge:

Chuck Wagon Cookoff Weekend & Competition
Mar 3 – Mar 5

“Pigeon Forge invites Western lifestyle enthusiasts, foodies and those in search of a hearty meal to the Chuck Wagon Cookoff weekend.

This 3-day event includes an intimate dinner concert, cowboy church and our annual cookoff competition!

Chuck wagons will gather at Clabough’s Campground for this one-of-a-kind outdoor cooking event. Long before today’s food truck craze treated foodies to impromptu kitchens on wheels, early American chuck wagons fed hungry cowboys on the open prairies during cattle drives. Chuck wagon cooks, or cookies, as they are known, rely on simple ingredients to guide their menus and fire to power their ovens.

Chuck wagon cook-offs aid in the preservation of cattle drive trail days as well as ensuring the authentic reproduction of the mobile kitchens. The competition includes cash prizes for most authentic wagon and awards in various food categories, including meat, potatoes, bread, beans and dessert. All food items must be prepared onsite and using ingredients provided to the cooking teams. Condiments may be used at the cook’s discretion. Prohibited ingredients are announced prior to the competition.”

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Dollywood Opening Day

Mar 10

“Dollywood has “BIG” things planned for 2023! The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee park is gearing up for a season that includes the debut of Big Bear Mountain, the longest roller coaster in the park’s history, a new celebration of one of Dolly’s most iconic songs, as well as 15 additional park operating days throughout the year. With so much big fun in 2023, a Dollywood season pass should be on everyone’s wish list.

Dollywood opens for the 2023 season on March 10 for passholders and March 11 to the general public.”

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Winter Carnival of Magic

Mar 10 – Mar 11

“Country Tonite Theatre is excited to host another very magical weekend as magicians gather for a 3-day magic convention. Each year the three day convention features several lectures, a dealer’s room, a close up competition, a stage competition and two evening shows.

The Winter Carnival of Magic has brought some of the greatest magicians to East Tennessee such as Jeff McBride, Oscar Muñoz, Pop Haydn, Losander, Joshua Jay, The Pendragons, Aldo Columbini, Arthur Trace, Terry Evanswood, Duane Laflin, Gene Anderson, Shawn Farquhar, and a long list of others.”

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St. Patrick’s Day at The Island

Mar 17

“Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day at The Island on Friday, March 17! The whole Island will be lit up green so you can celebrate with fun festivities all day long!

Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day from The Blarney Girls and The Tennessee Irish Dancers. Plus, don’t miss our special Island Fountain Show, featuring “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys!

And, what’s St. Paddy’s Day without festive drinks and good eats? Grab a pint of Beer at Yee-Haw Brewing Co. and enjoy fun Irish-themed fare at Timberwood Grill and Mellow Mushroom!

Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge on Friday, March 17th to join in all the festivities as we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!”

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