Lumberjack Feud: Dinner and a Show, or Comedy, Cuts of Wood & Chicken (of an oven- roasted nature!)
We spent a fun filled day hiking mountains and hopping across waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park- we even had to shimmy down a tree trunk on one particularly steep path, so it only seemed natural that we continue our wooded-themed day to include the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge that evening.
Right among the bright lights of the Parkway in Pigeon Forge sits the Lumberjack Feud, the world’s largest indoor lumberjack sports arena, serving up their famous roasted-chicken Logger’s Mountain Meal to a hungry 650 patrons twice an evening during their live show, where real ESPN logging champions are pitted against each other in 18 different competitions.
Diners are assigned one of two logging family teams to cheer for during the events, which include things like log-rolling, speed climbing and stock saw. We were team McGraw. But it’s not just the brawny chainsaw/axe wielders we got to support, our teams also included the Lumberjills: the clogging, agile & tough logging women and the Timberdogs: the incredibly adorable and hardworking lumberjack dogs, and let me tell you, it is nearly impossible not to cheer for the dog that makes the successful seven foot high jump over the logging pond when he is on the opposing team (the Dawsons)- my daughter gave me an elbow nudge for that one!
The Lumberjack Feud is not a place to catch up on your zzzz’s; this is a hooping, hollering, everybody yelling, chainsaw revving, foot-stomping load of family fun. Booing for the opposing team is encouraged and the winning team of each competition gets to hand out a prize to one of their lucky team supporters- a wood cut (they called it a biscuit) flat, piece of the log sawed off. And everyone wanted that biscuit! Dinner is served throughout the show, starting with a creamy vegetable and potato soup in a camp cup (no silverware and the kids loved drinking soup from a cup!) and rounding off with a fruit turnover for dessert. There was plenty of food and beverages to satisfy even the hungriest woodsman, or Great Smoky Mountain National Park explorer, in our case. And the show’s comedian, Cookie, added just the right dash of hilarious humor throughout the evening, ( in fact, our kids thought he was the highlight of the show!)
The Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show was one of the highlights of our family trip to the Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee. Fun for the whole family! With muscly lumberjacks, talented lumberjills, fluffy Timberdogs, good music and great food, there was something for everyone! Even bears. ( Apparently there are always bears in the Smoky Mountains!) The kids are still joking about Cookie’s antics and my husband is now eyeing up logs with renewed interest
Things to Know Before You Go
1. The Lumberjack Feud is located at 2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
2. Reservations are a must! And they fill up fast. So call ahead or book your tickets on line. Their number is: 865-428-8688. Their website is here.
3. Come early- about 30 minutes.
4. Parking is free.
5. In the lobby there is a little historical museum showing highlights of Lumberjack and Smoky Mountain life in the 1930’s. Check out the “Yarb Doctors” remedies for ailments of that time. And the shocking wage packets for loggers.
6. The arena was air-conditioned and got chilly. I brought a light-weight jacket. These buff lumberjacks sweat up a storm during their competitions! They have to keep it cool.
7. We went to the 8:15pm show. That is late eating for kids. We had a late lunch , otherwise they would have been cranky and too hungry at that time. There was a 5pm show, but it was 100% booked! Adjust your meal times accordingly on the show day.
8. There are only one group of restrooms- the ones you pass in the lobby hall, so if you need to make a trip there during the show, that’s where you’ll go. Also, they are packed when the show ends! Plan ahead!
9. Our server was fantastic! And this was in a packed house! Don’t forget to bring some cash to tip your server: they deserve it!
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