The 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage Is In Full Bloom

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful week here in the Smokies, which means you should definitely get outside and explore what the mountains have to offer. Since we’re in the thick of spring, the timing is just about perfect for seeing all the plants and wildflowers that are blooming in the mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains may be known for their fall colors, but the colors of spring are pretty impressive as well.

This week, everyone from serious botanists to weekend gardeners has the ideal opportunity to see, learn about and explore the flowering beauty of the Smokies at the 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. The event offers unprecedented access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts and authorities on Appalachian wildlife.

The Wildflower Pilgrimage takes place the rest of this week, through Saturday the 25th, at the W.L. Mills Conference Center in downtown Gatlinburg. The event is presented by the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

“This is a rare chance for those with a personal love of flowers to have the same access to leaders in the field as professional researchers,” says Ken McFarland, a botanist and University of Tennessee professor. “Through seminars and guided tours, participants will expand their knowledge of the unmatched flora and fauna of the Smokies.”

Over the course of the week, some 150 demonstrations, lectures and other programs will be presented, including instructional walks and guided hiking tours that are designed to match the walking skills of participants. Tours will showcase the abundant varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns, mosses, trees and shrubs as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians that are native to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Most of these activities will take place outdoors, but there will also be a number of educational sessions and entertainment programs taking place at the Mills Center.

Registration is required for events, and note that this week, you can register on site at the Mills Center throughout the day. Fees range from $15 for a one-day student fee to $75 for an adult two-day fee. Children 12 and younger can participate for free when accompanied by a registered adult.

Free parking is available in the municipal lot on Reagan Drive, next to the fire station. Otherwise, guests can expect to pay for parking at any of the other municipal lots in the downtown area.

Sponsors include Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, City of Gatlinburg, the University of Tennessee Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Friends of the Smokies, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TVA, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society and the Gatlinburg Garden Club.

And if you’re thinking about rolling into town this weekend, it’s not too late to book one of our secluded Gatlinburg cabins. We have properties that will place you within a convenient drive of Gatlinburg, the national park and all the Wildflower Pilgrimage events. We also have rental cabins convenient to Pigeon Forge and the area’s abundance of attractions, restaurants and shops.

See You At The Top – Of Mt. LeConte

They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat (figuratively speaking, of course), and that advice also applies when it comes to reaching the top of one of the area’s most notable mountain peaks – Mt. LeConte. There are actually five different routes you can take if you’re planning to hike to the top of the mountain, which is the third highest in the Great Smoky Mountains range.

Alum Cave Trail is probably the most popular route, partially because it’s the shortest but also because it offers a number of interesting features, including Alum Cave Creek, Arch Rock, Alum Cave Bluff and a number of scenic mountain overlooks. It’s a 5.5-mile one-way trip to the top, with a net elevation gain of 2,560 feet.

Note, however, that May 4 through November 19, the trail will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday mornings to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings for construction work. It will still be accessible on the weekends.

The Boulevard Trail is the longest of the hikes. At eight miles one way, the trail is relatively rolling and not terribly steep until you get to the end. The net elevation gain is 1,080 feet. You actually start out on the Appalachian Trail and follow it 2.7 miles to a point where the Boulevard Trail branches off toward the mountaintop.

The Bullhead Trail originates of Cherokee Orchard Road in Gatlinburg and offers a 7.2-mile hike to the summit of LeConte. The elevation gain is 3,820 feet. At mile, 6.4, it intersects with Rainbow Falls Trail (see below).

The Rainbow Falls Trail also starts off on Cherokee Orchard Road and takes hikers on a 6.5-mile trip to the peak of LeConte. The net elevation gain is 3,820 feet. The main point of interest is Rainbow Falls themselves, which are at the 2.4-mile mark. This trail intersects with the Bullhead Trail within a mile of the summit.

Trillium Gap Trail starts at the Grotto Falls parking lot on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Gatlinburg, but please note that Roaring Fork is closed until at least May 1 because of bridge construction. As a result, the Trillium Gap/Grotto Falls parking lot is also closed until the project is done.

When it re-opens, however, the distance to the top of LeConte is 6.5 miles, with a gain of 3,300 feet. Grotto Falls can be seen at the 1.5-mile mark, and you’ll also see Roaring Fork Creek, one of the steepest streams in the park.

Once you reach the top of Mt. LeConte, you’ll eventually have to head back down that same day. LeConte Lodge is located at the summit, but you typically have to book reservations for the lodge a couple of years in advance. So if you’re going to do a day hike of Mt. LeConte, you’re best off staying in one of our rental cabins in Gatlinburg. We have many properties that will make the Mt. LeConte trails easily accessible.

Cabin Of The Week – Falling Leaf Lodge

If your idea of time well spent in the mountains includes privacy and seclusion, then you won’t do much better than Falling Leaf Lodge. This two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath timber cabin benefits from its isolated location in the Great Smoky Mountains. For those looking to get away from it all for a weekend retreat or perhaps even a full week’s vacation in the Smokies, this Timbercreek Cabin Rentals property has a lot to offer.

The home itself is surrounded by some 300 acres of preserved green spaces, which include hiking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas and pavilions. However, guests still enjoy paved-road access and convenience to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park offers abundant recreational opportunities in spring and summer, including hiking, camping, fishing, historical sites and even horseback riding.

The cabin is split into three levels of living areas and is decorated in a motif that’s part Appalachian, part Rocky Mountains. On the main level, you’ll find an open living room with a seating group that cozily gathers guests around focal points like the stacked-stone gas fireplace and the 40-inch flat-screen TV. The TV delivers cable television programming, and the cabin also comes with free wireless Internet service for consistent connectivity.

The rustic looking kitchen has all the appliances, cookware, dishes and utensils you’ll need to prepare and enjoy snacks and meals while you’re staying in the mountains. The nearby dining table seats six. There’s also a gas grill on the main-level deck should you decide to fire up some steaks, hotdogs or chicken filets. (Shopping locally and preparing your own meals is certainly a cost-saving measure, but should you decide to dine out, nearby Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville offer hundreds of restaurant choices.)

The cabin’s upper level is home to the master suite, which features a king-size log bed, canoe bookshelf, flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower. A separate reading area makes for a cozy place to curl up with a book, and the room embodies a distinctive lodge feel thanks to bear, moose and fish décor pieces. The master suite also has its own private deck with a porch swing.

The other bedroom, located on the lowest level, has a king bed, flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with tub-shower combo. The quarters share the space with a pool table and pub-style chairs.

Other features include a front porch with swing, a wagon-wheel bench, outdoor hot tub, iron and ironing board, washer and dryer, wooded views and twin sleeper sofa, which makes this cabin capable of sleeping as many as five adults.

Falling Leaf Lodge is just a short drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and nearby destinations such as Cades Cove, the Abrams Falls hiking trail, Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and the Great Smokies Institute at Tremont

Also, Townsend, Tennessee, is only a few miles away, offering a modest selection of attractions, shops and eateries, but without all the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge. It’s also home to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, which offers a unique insight into the natives and settlers that once lived in this area.

What’s New(ish) In The Smokies For 2015 – Part II

One thing that always seems to be true when it comes to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN is that every year brings changes. Just as the seasons take nature itself through an annual cycle, the communities of the Smokies are always evolving. Tourism-driven businesses come and go each year, and it can be hard to keep up. Not to worry.

Last week, we introduced you to several new points of interest in the area, and this week, we’ll finish off that list. Some of them are brand-new for 2015, while others have made their debut within the last year or two. But since it may have been some time since you’ve been to the Smokies, it never hurts to be thorough. We hope that next time you stay in one of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains, you’ll be up to speed regarding all the new attractions, shows, restaurants and shops.

Shows

Cyrus Family Theater – Billy Ray and Miley’s relatives Bobby and Teddie bring multiple musical acts to their Pigeon Forge venue on a semi-regular basis. Current shows include the Nashville Imposters (4/9 – 4/11), The Mystery & History of the Country Music Highway (5/15 – 10/30) and Harp Heaven (6/26 – 6/27 and 8/14 – 8/15). The theater is located on Showplace Blvd., across from Country Tonite Theater.

The Live Rock N Roll Theater – This new Pigeon Forge showplace in the heart of Music Row features several shows, including Remembering the 80’s, British Mania (a Beatles tribute), Rock Around the Clock (the hits of the ‘50s), History of Rock N’ Roll (‘50s through ‘80s rock), Remembering the Rat Pack, and Brian Hoffman’s Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton.

Restaurants

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp – This downtown Gatlinburg breakfast place is steeped in the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and the national park. It serves up traditional morning favorites like eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and a wide variety of unique breakfast entrees and other creations featuring bacon, sausage and ham.

Southern Wings and Grill – Also located on the Parkway in Gatlinburg is this all-American eatery that cooks up burgers and wings with a Southern flair.

Hard Rock Café – This popular restaurant – which pays tribute to the legends of rock and roll through a world-class collection of memorabilia and artifacts – moved from Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge last summer and is now located between the Smoky Mountain Opry theater and WonderWorks.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Even if you’re not a Parrothead, you’re likely to find this tropically themed dining experience an engaging mealtime destination. Located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Margaritaville serves up a diverse island-inspired menu and offers patrons a laid-back atmosphere that reflects the songs and the life of Jimmy Buffett. The restaurant features casual dining, live entertainment and a retail store.

Sawyers Farmhouse Breakfast – Griddle cakes and homemade biscuits and gravy are just a couple of the many ways to get your day started in a flavorful way at this eatery, which is open for breakfast and lunch on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

What’s New(ish) In The Smokies For 2015?

Just as the change of seasons brings new life to the Smokies, it also brings new things to do and places to see for visitors to the mountains of East Tennessee. From attractions and theater shows to restaurants and shops, there are lots of new businesses and special events popping up all the time.

 

This week, we thought we’d share several ideas for places to go that are new for 2015 as well as some that just made their debut within the last year or two. After all, it may have been a few years since you’ve been to the Smokies. So if you happen to be staying in one of our Wears Valley cabin rentals in the next few months, you’ll be up to date on all the fun that awaits you here in the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

Attractions

Segway Rentals and Sales of Pigeon Forge – This shop is set up in the Old Mill neighborhood of Pigeon Forge, and lets guests take those fun, mobile Segway scooters out for a uniquely efficient way to get around town.

The Island – This multipurpose destination in Pigeon Forge continues to grow and already offers visitors a wealth of choices when it comes to shopping, dining and entertainment. Restaurants like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Timberwood Grill are already open, and Paula Deen’s new restaurant will be open within just a matter of weeks. You can also browse a host of specialty shops, and construction continues on a Margaritaville-themed hotel on the property. Of course, don’t forget about fun attractions like the giant Smoky Mountain Wheel, a Ferris wheel that gives passengers fantastic 360-degree views of the Smokies.

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster – This fun attraction, located on the Parkway – just as you’re entering Gatlinburg from The Spur – takes riders on a twisty, curvy downhill ride on a track-mounted coaster car. Passengers control their own speed with hand brakes.

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster – This attraction is similar to the coaster mentioned above but is located on Wears Valley Road near Pigeon Forge.

The Coaster at Goats on the Roof – And here is yet another alpine coaster ride, this time at the Goats on the Roof attraction. Located on Wears Valley Road on the outskirts of Pigeon Forge, this attraction also features goat-feeding, gem-mining and lots of sweet treats.

Shows

Tribute Theater – This Pigeon Forge theater takes audiences back in time with a production that showcases the life and times of Patsy Cline. It’s a 90-minute show featuring her most popular country/pop songs, as performed by Carol Glass-Cooper. More than 20 songs are presented in this tribute, which also includes Mike Cooper performing hits by George Jones, Conway Twitty and others.

Sable Theater – In an all-new show called Imagination on Sand, this Pigeon Forge production features acrobats, dancers, comedians and trick horse riders performing to the inspirational narration of a sand artist. A truly unique live experience.

Check back with us on next week’s blog to learn about even more new finds in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains!

What’s New In Pigeon Forge This Week?

If you’re staying in one of our Tennessee cabin rentals this week, there’s a more than decent chance that you’ll be doing something in Pigeon Forge at some point. After all, most of our properties are only a 10 minute drive from that community, so if you’re looking for something fun to do in the Smokies, you might be interested in hearing about some of the city-sponsored special events as well as some promotional activities going on at Pigeon Forge attractions.

With St. Patrick’s Day taking place this week, it’s only fitting that March is Irish Month at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge. After all, the actual ocean liner itself was built in Ireland, so this month, its namesake attraction salutes everything Irish, from Gaelic folklore and music to singing and dancing. In addition to the usual history lesson you get at Titanic Pigeon Forge, you’ll learn a lot about the famed ship’s Irish roots.

This week, from March 18 through 21, the city presents the 21st Annual A Mountain Quiltfest, taking place at the LeConte Event Center. Quiltfest preserves the timeless art of quilting through displays of finely crafted quilts from all across the country and more than 60 quilting classes geared toward quilters of all levels of expertise.

Quilters can compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes in this event, which is produced by the City of Pigeon Forge and hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds.

Last but not least, Dollywood kicks off its 2015 season this weekend with its annual Festival of Nations, March 21 through April 20. This month-long celebration features live performers, foods, and arts and crafts from more than 20 nations, all with the goal of giving Dollywood visitors a glimpse into cultures around the world.

This year’s lineup of shows includes two brand-new ones, Rhythm of the Dance (Ireland) and TIMBER! (Canada). Also on the schedule are Los Pampas Gauchos (Argentina), Invaders Steel Orchestra (Trinidad), Alash Ensemble (Tuvan throat singing), Mariachi Divas (Mexico), Atahualpa (Ecuador) and Zebra Stelzentheater (Germany).

That’s just a small fraction of what’s in store this week for those staying with us in one of our cabins; considering everything that’s in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, you could fill up multiple weeks of vacations and still never do the same thing twice.

Besides world-class attractions like Dollywood and Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge there’s also Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg and WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge. And there are dozens of other attractions in addition to those recognizable names, as well as outdoor activities like golfing, whitewater rafting and horseback riding.

The Smokies are also home to outlet malls, specialty stores, arts and crafts studios, and flea markets, not to mention literally hundreds of restaurants and eateries.

And don’t forget about Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is quickly accessible from our cabins in Wears Valley, Tennessee. In the national park alone, activities like hiking, fishing, picnicking, cycling, camping and more make for scenic warm-weather fun, and best of all, there’s no admission fee.

This Week In The National Park

Spring means a lot of welcome changes in the Great Smoky Mountains, and that goes for the national park as well. Roads are reopening now that the snow has thawed in the lower elevations, and we’ll soon start to see early signs of spring in the form of blooming flowers and budding trees. It also means that the national park’s ranger-led programs are back on schedule, offering a lot of cool, fun and mostly free ways for folks of all ages to get just a little more out of their national park experience.

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll find going on this weekend and into the following week. Note that for now, these programs are being offered on a limited basis, but once we get further into spring and summer, you’ll find activities being offered every day of the week.

Sunday, March 15

Cataract Falls Walk – Get away from the hustle and bustle by taking an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Free.

So You Wanna Take a Hike? – Learn the dos and don’t’s of how to prepare for a day hike or an overnight trip in the Smokies with this fact-filled program for all ages and experience levels. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Sugarlands Visitor Center. Free.

Thursday, March 19

The Stories That Flowers Tell – Take a walk to hear some interesting folklore about the flowers the Smokies are famous for and get to know your favorite varieties a little better. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sugarlands Visitor Center. Free.

Friday, March 20

Forks of the River – The site of the present-day Sugarlands Visitor Center and Park Headquarters was once known as Forks of the River. Take a walk with a ranger to learn about the once vibrant communities of Sugarlands, Fighting Creek and Forks of the River. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sugarlands Visitor Center. Free.

Also note that there are a number of ranger-led programs also scheduled for the next week or so at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, which is at the entrance to the North Carolina side of the national park. To access that, just follow U.S. 441 (Newfound Gap Rd.) through the national park to the southern end. Along the way, you’ll see some stunning views as the roads wind and twist their way to the crest of the Smokies range and then back down toward the North Carolina foothills.

Any time you’re planning on visiting the national park, be sure to reserve your overnight accommodations with us here at Timbercreek Cabins in Wears Valley. Our luxury cabin rentals are conveniently located so that anyone visiting the national park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville can be at their destination within a reasonable amount of time.

Our properties are packed with amenities and conveniences and make traveling more like experiencing a new home away from home. Whether it’s a one-bedroom honeymoon getaway or a five-bedroom lodge for a large group, you’ll find fireplaces, hot tubs, game rooms, decks, mountain views and so much more. Give us a call today.

Cabin Of The Week – Little Feather

Summer’s coming up, and that means wedding season here in the Great Smoky Mountains. June has historically been a popular month for getting married, and in the Smokies, it also happens to be a time when many people are able to take vacations and get away to the mountains, whether it’s for a family trip, a romantic weekend or a honeymoon.

If a wedding/honeymoon combo is on your list of things to do this year, then consider getting hitched at one of the Smokies’ many wedding venues and then honeymooning with us at Timbercreek Cabin Rentals. In fact, this week’s showcased property, Little Feather, has been one of our most popular honeymoon hideaways.

It’s a one-level, one-bedroom, one-bathroom log cabin located close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a non-smoking property where you’ll find plenty of privacy and seclusion in the beauty of our East Tennessee mountains. You will have a few neighbors, however; but we don’t think you’ll have a problem saying howdy to the white-tailed deer, turkey and other critters that call this neck of the woods home as well.

The living room has ways to relax and ways to play. You can enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in the overstuffed chair or on the couch, both of which sit in front of a large, stone, wood-burning fireplace. Or you could enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies and even Xbox 360 games thanks to the flat-screen television. The living room also boasts hardwood floors, a cathedral ceiling and an all-wood interior, all of which create an inviting and cozy atmosphere.

The spacious, single bedroom offers a king-size bed and a private bathroom featuring a whirlpool tub. The tub is surrounded by mountain stone and is notable for its waterfall faucet and tree trunk shower.

You can also soak your cares away in the outdoor hot tub, which is located on the back deck. That’s also where you’ll find a charcoal grill, and just as you’ll find with any of our cabins, Smoky Mountains views and views of surrounding woodlands are abundant.

Interior features include a washer and dryer and a kitchen that’s fully equipped with all the appliances, dishes, cookware and utensils you’ll need to prepare and serve your own delicious meals – especially a romantic, candlelit dinner for two. The kitchen also has plenty of cabinet space to accommodate whatever provisions you purchase at one of our local supermarkets.

Of course, if cooking on vacation isn’t your cup of tea, remember that you’ll be a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg, home to hundreds of restaurants and other eateries as well as attractions and shops.

And as we mentioned, the national park is very close by. The cabin is very handy to a little traveled entrance to the park, which will take you directly to the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, and then from there, it’s just a short drive to park destinations like Elkmont, Tremont and Cades Cove.

7 Things To Do On A Snowy Day

In case you hadn’t noticed, much of the country is embraced in the icy grip of winter. Like it or not, that goes for us here in the Great Smoky Mountains too. And while snow can make for some beautiful scenery, it can also mean being stuck and unable to travel. If you’re not visiting us here in the Smokies this week, things will hopefully be more accessible when you do make your next trip to the area.

But if you are already staying at one of our cabins in Gatlinburg, TN or in Wears Valley or Pigeon Forge, you may find that the road conditions are not favorable for getting out and enjoying everything the area has to offer, including the national park.

Not to despair. This week, we’ll offer seven suggestions for fun things you can do right there at your cabin or wherever you might be staying in the Smokies. For that matter, if you’re snowed in at your own home right now, there are plenty of tips here to help fight off cabin fever, so to speak – especially if you have a tribe of restless kids wreaking havoc in the house.

  • Make a snowman. That’s snow-fun Rule #1, right? And I don’t care how old you are; making snowmen is a blast, and you know it. See who can build the biggest snowman or the weirdest or the ugliest. You might also put your snow construction skills to the test by building a snow fort or igloo.
  • Go to Ober Gatlinburg. If you can safely get to downtown Gatlinburg, or if you’re already there, take the Aerial Tramway up to the Smokies’ very own ski resort, where you can snow ski, snowboard or even have fun on their 10-lane snow tubing course. They also have indoor ice skating year ‘round. Equipment rentals and ski lessons are available on site.
  • Go sledding. If you can’t safely get to Gatlinburg, find a hill in your neighborhood and do some downhill coasting. No sled? Maybe you can make do with some cardboard. In any case, just watch out for those trees and rocks.
  • Read. This is perfect weather for curling up near a fireplace with a good book and catching up on all that reading you’ve been putting off because you’ve just been too busy lately.
  • Go to a movie. If you can safely get to a theater, movies are an ideal way to spend some down time. Even if you’re snowed in at home or at your cabin, pop in a DVD or stream your favorite movies on Netflix or HuluPlus. If all else fails, cable TV usually has plenty of movie options around the clock.
  • Exercise. Bad weather is no excuse for not staying fit. Hop on that treadmill or pop in a yoga DVD. Or just do some push-ups.
  • Bake. Make a pie or a batch of cookies or your favorite kind of bread. It kills the time, and best of all, when you’re done, you’ve got some delicious treats to enjoy with the family.

Saddle Up 2015

This week, if you’re staying with us at Timbercreek Cabins, Gatlinburg is probably not your best bet as a destination for an outing, especially considering the road conditions this week. However, it might be more convenient to travel into Pigeon Forge, which will be hosting what has grown into one of the biggest special events to take place in the city each year. The 15th Annual Saddle Up celebration rides into town February 18 through 22, bringing a uniquely fun cowboy-themed experience to these here parts.

This five-day event that celebrates the American West will feature live entertainment by musicians and poets as well as other cowboy-themed activities like dances, cook-offs and even a church service. Most happenings are headquartered at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Many of the daily events are free, including Old Time Cowboy Songs and a Western Swing Fiddle Class on Wednesday, a Western Dance Class on Thursday, Stories & Strings and Tales & Tips From A Cowboy Cook on Friday, Buckaroo Roundup on Saturday and Cowboy Church on Sunday.

Other events are ticketed activities and mostly revolve around the Intimate Evening Dinner Concerts. The dinner shows ($54.88, with tax) have limited seating and feature steak and all the trimmings, served at local venues such as Mama’s Farmhouse and the LeConte Center. There are also several Saddle Up Concerts ($21.95, with tax) scheduled, featuring a wide variety of live music acts.

Other paid admissions include Cowbucks Café at Pigeon River Pottery on Thursday morning, Stories & Strings at Stages West on Friday and the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off and Lunch and the Cowboy Dance on Saturday. Prices range from $5 for the dance to $21.95 for Stories & Strings.

Featured performers this year include:

Baxter Black – This cowboy poet, former veterinarian and current entertainer has traveled the U.S. and Canada for more than 25 years, scattering his wit and left-handed observations to those looking for a bright spot in their day.

Wylie & The Wild West – This musical act has spent a quarter-century performing their unique blend of cowboy, swing, folk and yodeling music worldwide. Wylie is the voice of the famous Yahoo! yodel in the TV commercials.

Brenn Hill – This Utah native’s music reveals the heart of the American West to anyone who takes the time to listen. He revisits many of the stories that come from his homeland with a fresh, contemporary and personal twist.

Chuck Pyle – For more than 40 years, this performer has mixed infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry. An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been recorded by John Denver, Suzy Bogguss and many more.

Jean & Gary Prescott – This couple has been entertaining folks from the concert stage, around campfires and in churches all over the country. Their Texas songs go straight to the heart, and the music is always toe-tapping good.

Andy Nelson – This Idaho native is a second-generation farmer with the experience, talent and humor to bring authenticity to every performance. He is a two-time recipient of the Western Music Association’s Male Poet Of The Year award.

Skip Gorman – Skip is a masterful cowboy singer, a fine Western and Celtic fiddler, and one of the country’s premier mandolin players.

T. Scot Wilburn & The Shut Up-N-Playboys – This group draws on their musical influences to play the best in hillbilly swing and Western tunes.

Kent Rollins – This entertainer and chuck wagon cook entertains audiences with his poetry and storytelling about the life and legacy of the cowboy.