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Gatlinburg gears up for fall with life-size scarecrows

GATLINBURG, TN – Gatlinburg has announced a new and robust list of events and activities for its visitors this Fall. New in 2018 is the installation of over 100 four-foot tall two and three-dimensional scarecrows throughout the city. This comes alongside the announcement of an extended Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, which now runs from September 7 through November 25. The city-wide celebration of harvest season features festivals, special events and autumn-themed displays throughout Gatlinburg.

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Life-size scarecrows at The Village in downtown Gatlinburg - Image by Jeaneane Payne

“Autumn in the Smokies always seems to come and go too quickly, which is why we’re extending Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival – one of our favorite ways to embrace the season – to 12 weeks this year,” said Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager, Gatlinburg CVB. “We’re excited to share our impressive scarecrow installation with our residents and our guests, and we look forward to a season full of decorations, events, entertainment and local craftsmanship.”

Beginning on September 4, 30 three-dimensional scarecrows will be placed in 23 different scenes and locations across Gatlinburg. An additional 100 two-dimensional scarecrows will be lined alongside the Gatlinburg Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to download the Gatlinburg App for a complete map of all the Scarecrow locations.

Also, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community has made “Hands on Gatlinburg” a biannual occurrence, adding the event to the Fall calendar on October 12-14. Over 40 different classes are offered throughout the weekend, giving arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to learn from local talented artisans and the heritage that inspires their work.

In addition to the above, Gatlinburg’s upcoming fall festivities include:
Annual Taste of Autumn: September 13
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: September 29–30
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg: September 21 – October 30
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair: October 4–21
Gatlinburg’s Chili Cookoff: November 7
Veteran’s Day Celebration: November 11
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show: November 20–25

Gatlinburg’s entertainment calendar doesn’t end in the Fall. A Winter list of events will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on Gatlinburg and its upcoming events, visit

Published August 27, 2018

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