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Pigeon Forge car shows: Fall Rod Run, Spring Rod Run, Shades of the Past, etc.

Some of Pigeon Forge's biggest crowds every year are drawn into town for the Pigeon Forge Rod Runs. Old and new, road-worn and shining, Fords, Chevies, GMCs, GoldWings, and many more, line the streets of Pigeon Forge, filling every spot within range of the Parkway. The trek to the Smoky Mountains for these annual car shows, for buying and selling and admiring and parading, is a huge event, drawing thousands of car enthusiasts every year.  

  • Corvette Expo
    • Date: October 17-18, 2014
    • The Corvette Expo is held in March and in October at The Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville Tennessee ( 6 miles off of Interstate 40, off Highway 66). Events include a Collector Car Auction, Swap Meet, Sales Corral, Corvette Park ‘N’ Show, Corvette Judged Competition Show, HorsePower and HotRods Show, and Corvette Cruise.
  • Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run 2014
    • Date: April 11-13, 2014
    • Part of Pigeon Forge's Smoky Mountain Springfest, the Spring Grand Rod Run lines the Parkway in Pigeon Forge with a sea of metal and chrome. The first of the three biggest car shows that overrun Pigeon Forge every year, this city-wide car museum is a must-see for any car enthusiast. 2014 marks the first year that the Pigeon Forge Rod Runs, both Spring and Fall, will be held at the LeConte  Center in Pigeon Forge.

    • "After 31 years of Rod Runs in Pigeon Forge... the promoters of the Rod Runs are pulling up stakes at the old location and moving the Pigeon Forge Rod Run across the creek to the beautiful new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge." (from
    • Looking for a cabin for the Rod Run? Choose either this 1-bedroom cabin just outside of Pigeon Forge, or this 4-bedroom cabin in Gatlinburg with views of the Smoky Mountains
  • Yellow Mustangs Car Show
    • Date: May, 2014
    • The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge is the place to be this May, if you own or enjoy yellow mustangs. The parking lots will be lined with these bright, sunny cars, with proud owners standing by.
  • Circle Yer Wagens
    • Date: May, 2014
    • Volkswagens exclusively, meet at the Sevier County Fairgrounds this spring, to buy, trade, and admire Volkswagen vehicles. 
  • 36th Annual F-100 Supernationals Car Show & All Ford Show
    • Date: May 15-17, 2014
    • The Pigeon Forge City Parking Lot and LeConte Convention Center are the locations for this Ford car show. Ford owners and admirers from all over the country flock to Pigeon Forge every year, for this event.
  • Smoky Mountain Chevy Classics Roundup Car Show
    • Date: May, 2014
    • It's the Chevy-owners time to shine, with another car show located at The Inn at Christmas Place. And it's schedule overlaps with the All Ford Show, happening just down the road at the Convention left... isn't that funny?
  • Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show
    • Date: June 6-8, 2014
    • This car show and swap meet has been occurring every year for over a decade. The location this year is the Music Road Convention Center, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

  • Shades of the Past Rod Run 2014
    • Date: September 5-6, 2014
    • The second of three city-wide car shows held every year in Pigeon Forge at Dollywood's Splash Country. The Shades of the Past Rod Run XXXII attracts thousands every year, with Fords, Chevys, Olds, Camaros, Dodges, etc -- any rods, customs, and classics, through 1972. Awards given at this car shown include Best Street, Fab Five, Top 25, Might Muscle Picks, Specialty Awards, and Street Rodder Top 100.

    • "There are countless rod runs across the country, with many occurring during the summer months. But there's one that is well known by all rodders and it occurs every Labor Day weekend, or at least for the past 31, hosted at Dollywood's Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The event's official name is the Hot Rod Roundup, hosted by the Shades of the Past Street Rod Association. While official names are nice, the better known event name and its nickname rings with all rodders—Shades.

      The event draws nearly 3,000 cars, ranging in vintage from Model Ts to muscle cars of the 1970s. There's plenty of scenery; a good chunk provided by Mother Nature as the site is nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains, further massaged by Dollywood's Splash Country, while the remainder is provided by plenty of polished and detailed rolling sheetmetal.

      Amidst the event's feverish-pitched pace, as it is two days and not the customary three, a great deal is going on simultaneously and rodders always have plenty to do and see. There's the coveted Top 25 selected by a three-man panel from the club, the Top 5 selected by the Top 25 car owners, and then the overall winners in Best Street Rod... Best Street Machine... Best Street Cruiser... and Best of Show... 

      Then there is the giveaway roadster, a long honored tradition at the event with the building chores falling to Alloway's Hot Rod Shop. (You are in the running to win this roadster by being an entrant, but you must be present at the award's drawing on Saturday afternoon.)...

      Another winner-take-all is the check for $10,000 presented by Shades Car Club to another lucky entrant who has his name drawn from the hopper loaded with all the entrants' numbers....

      Every year there's the 50/50 drawing and if this year was anything like the past few years it gets everyone's attention—and it did. The pot was $50,000... Now that's some kind of walkin' around cash.

      The Shades Car Club is well known for not only what they give away to rodders who attend the event but also for the number of charities that benefit all year long from the generosity that starts with the hot rodders who attend and the car club members who see to it that those less fortunate have some happy days of their own...." (from )
  • Pigeon Forge Fall Rod Run 2014
    • Date: September 11-14, 2014
    • Rounding out the three biggest car shows of Pigeon Forge, this one is the Fall Grand Rod Run. Stay in town for both, if you can, for a car-lover's dream covering more than a week. For these few days, Pigeon Forge becomes the city that never sleeps, with parades and car demonstrations all through the night. Beginning in 2014, the Pigeon Forge Rod Runs, including the Spring Rod Run and the Fall Rod Run, will be held at the LeConte  Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    • "After 31 years of Rod Runs in Pigeon Forge... the promoters of the Rod Runs are pulling up stakes at the old location and moving the Pigeon Forge Rod Run across the creek to the beautiful new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge." (from
  • Cherokee Fall Rod Run
  • Date: November, 2014
  • Annual Fall Rod Run in Cherokee, North Carolina