Saddle Up!, a Pigeon Forge celebration of the American West, returns to Pigeon Forge Feb. 19-22, 2009. The event brings some of America’s finest western musicians and cowboy poets on a rare visit east of the Mississippi River.
Featured entertainers for the 2009 Saddle Up event include Wylie & the Wild West, The Quebe Sisters Band, Juni Fisher, Andy Wilkinson, Andy Hedges, Paul Zarzyski, Kent Rollins, and Jim Hawkins.
Wylie & the Wild West have performed on stages around the world, fronted by yodeler, rancher and world-famous “Yahoo-er” Wylie Gustafson.
Additional Saddle Up! activities include a Saturday night Western Swing Dance and Sunday morning Cowboy Church followed by an authentic chuckwagon lunch.
Concert venues are Country Tonite Theatre and Smoky Mountain Jubilee Theater. The western swing dance will be at the Music Road Convention Center, and Cowboy Church will take place at Stages West. There will also be an Old Mill Chuckwagon Cook-off at Belle Island Village.
Weekend passes, excluding the Cowboy Symphony, are $50 plus tax. Day passes are $30 plus tax. Concert tickets for Thursday night are $15 each. Tickets for Cowboy Symphony are $20 plus tax. Ages 17 and younger are admitted free.
Weekend passes and Cowboy Symphony tickets will be available in advance at Country Tonite Theatre, 1-800-792-4308, or onsite on Thursday, Feb. 19. Day passes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be available onsite at American Jukebox Theater. Admission to the dance is $5 per person. Cowboy Church is free and will be followed by the chuckwagon lunch where a $5 minimum donation will benefit Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.
During Saddle Up!, on Feb. 19-22, Tennessee Shindig will host a Chuckwagon Jamboree. Information and tickets are available at 888-908-3327.
Saddle Up! has also been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
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