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By Wayne Lazarus on April 23rd, 2011

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

If you’ve been thinking about a vacation, this is the season of giveaways.

The town of Pigeon Forge always comes up with interesting contests. This year they are filming a reality show and are looking for five families toGo-kart compete. The winning family takes home $10,000, but all the competitors will be winners, because they will have been selected by the readers of the website to be on the show. To enter, the families submit a 60-second video that will be posted on

The reality show contestants have until May 17 to get their videos in and lobby for folks to vote for them. The filmed competition will take place in June at the varied sites throughout Pigeon Forge such as Dollywood, the Titanic Museum and other attractions in the area. Between the go-karts, the rolling balls that you get inside of and the other action-packed activities in town, I’m betting it will be a lot of fun. The films will be posted on the website.

SplashCountry_yellow_raftBut Pigeon Forge didn’t stop there. They’re giving away a few more vacations to those that register, even if they don’t want to be in the reality show.

Pigeon Forge was recently selected as #4 on TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Best Family Destinations List. While there are plenty of tourists here and lots of attractions, it’s also a small town of friendly people, located in one of the most scenic areas in the U.S. and next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in the national system.

I visited Pigeon Forge last winter during one x2_4220277of the paralyzing snow storms that swept across the country. Only life went on as usual there, including driving over to Mel’s Diner and trying to keep this huge banana split from slurping out of the dish.

Speaking of contests – don’t forget to “like”’s face book page for your chance to win a dog bone charm for your pet’s collar. The first 100 people who become fans at’s Facebook page then email Barkin’ Bob at will get the charm.

Here are other contests you might want to enter. Most simply require giving them your email and birth date, although others want a little more:

Win a 5-day/4-night trip to Washington D.C. in connection with the new movie The Conspirator. Ends April 29, 2011.

Win an all-expense-paid-guided fishing trip for two to Alaska from Cabelas. Ends June 19, 2011.

Go paperless with AT&T and win the ultimate vacation. Entries close June 30, 2011.

East Zion Tourism Council in Mt. Carmel, Utah will give away free lodging, meals, golf and tours at the Zion National Park to the winner of the “Make Me Say Wow! I want to see Zion” Amateur Photo contest. Entries close July 27, 2011.

Win two nights on Eagle Island (just outside of Darien, Georgia) and 5 pounds of fresh, wild-caught Georgia Shrimp. Send your best shrimp recipe, write a 100-word essay and answer a question from the website. Ends August 30, 2011.

Photos (except the banana split!) courtesy Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism. Used with permission.

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