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Pigeon Forge Celebrates 25 Years of Craftsmanship at ‘A Mountain Quiltfest’ March 20-23

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 20, 2019) – Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) invites quilters and friends to celebrate tradition and art at the 25th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest March 20-23. This year’s event will feature 67 on-site vendors, quilting classes and more than 500 quilts competing for $23,000 in prize money.

Located at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge (2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 37863), the artistic quilts are displayed throughout the 232,000-square-foot event center, and attendees can peruse the vendor booths stocked with quilting essentials and one-of-a-kind accessories. On-site demonstrations are available daily and free parking is available at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

Quilt show and vendor hall hours:

  • Wednesday, March 20: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experienced quilters and spectators are encouraged to visit the show to admire the intricate handiwork found throughout the quilt exhibition. For those looking to learn more about this time-honored American folk art, more than 70 classes are available beginning Tuesday, March 19 for a fee, however admission to the internationally-recognized quilt show and vendor hall is free. Participants also can enjoy dedicated classes and special lectures from prolific quilter Bonnie Hunter. A complete class and lecture schedule is available at

Quiltfest patrons also are invited to bring their quilted items to Show & Tell on Friday, March 22 for the chance to win prizes. Doors open to the Show & Tell event at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. Additional information about Show & Tell can be found in the 2019 Event Program Guide.

Attendees may submit heirloom quilts for appraisal by Cindy Stuart, an American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser. Stuart will be available for quilt appraisals March 19-23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Cindy Stuart at 865-980-2162 or to schedule an appointment.

A Mountain Quiltfest also offers several antique quilt bed turnings during which local quilters and guild members offer detailed information about collections of quilts made before 1969.

To register for A Mountain Quiltfest, visit For more information about Pigeon Forge, visit


Photos of A Mountain Quiltfest available here.

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Katherine Henry 615-327-1189


Pigeon Forge Receives Eight Kaleidoscope Awards for Special Events

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2017) – The Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) Department of Tourism claimed eight Kaleidoscope Awards in recognition of the city’s special events during the 14th annual Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) conference in Lexington, Ky., in February.

Pigeon Forge’s 2016 Saddle Up festival, a celebration of the Western lifestyle, claimed four Silver Awards and one Bronze Award. Saddle Up’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff was recognized with one of the Silver Awards for best event within an event. The outdoor-focused Wilderness Wildlife Week was recognized with one Silver Award and a Bronze Award for best event within an event for Appalachian Homecoming’s Cades Cove Preservation Association Picnic Dinner fundraiser. A Mountain Quiltfest, which features displays and dozens of classes, earned a Bronze Award.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, SFEA executive director.

“Pigeon Forge’s special events are entertaining and educational and give our guests even more reasons to visit,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We are certainly appreciative of SFEA’s award-winning recognition.”

Pigeon Forge’s 2017 Wilderness Wildlife Week takes place May 9-13. For more information, visit

SFEA is a 501 (c) 6 membership-based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. It was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeastern U.S. by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus, allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry.


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