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Celebrate the American West at 16th annual Saddle Up in Pigeon Forge

Staff Reports • Jan 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM

PIGEON FORGE – Music, storytelling, poetry, dancing and chuck wagon cooking are just a few of the activities that will take place at the 16th annual Saddle Up in Pigeon Forge.

The event will be Feb. 17-21, headquartered at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Saddle Up is a mixture of stage concerts, dinner shows, a competitive chuck wagon cookoff, cowboy dance and other activities. Also on the calendar are a number of workshops and seminars. Most of the music programs are ticketed, while several other activities are offered free of charge.

Dave Stamey, R.W. Hampton, Western Flyers, T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, Sourdough Slim and Brigid Reedy will provide the music for the 2016 event, while Andy Nelson, Kent Rollins, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chris Isaacs and Jay Snider will share cowboy poetry, stories and humor.

The Saddle Up Chuck Wagon Cookoff is scheduled for Feb. 20 at Clabough’s Campground. Chuck wagon cooks prepare lunch for guests and evaluation by a panel of judges. Several states will be represented at this year’s event, including Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. Tickets for the noon lunch are $12.50. Beginning at 9 a.m., visitors can hear music and poetry from Saddle Up entertainers and participate in cowboy-themed activities free of charge.

The weekend concludes with a chuck wagon breakfast and Cowboy Church on Feb. 21 at the LeConte Event Center.

Ticket prices and a detailed schedule can be found at mypigeonforge.com/saddleup. Tickets currently are available online and also will be sold at the event.

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