Rod Run fever takes the Smokies by storm

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Photo from the 2014 Rod Run/photo by Matt Williams

By Matt Williams

So far this year, we’ve had our fair share of car shows, such as the spring version of the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, the Jeep Invasion and Shades of the Past. These are great shows, but none of them brings a crowd like the fall version of the Pigeon Forge Rod Run. This is a show that has been taking place since the early 1980s and has grown to the monster that we all know and love. It attracts some of the nation’s finest automobiles and puts them on display for attendees to see.

The show itself kicks off Thursday morning and lasts until Saturday afternoon, but the fun keeps going on the Pigeon Forge strip, which is lined with up to 5,000 rides from across the nation. The event is an open show, which means it isn’t open to a particular group of vehicles, but all makes and model: hot rods, rat rods, mini trucks, imports, drag cars, donks and every other kind of collectible or customizable vehicle.

There will be two celebrity guests attending this year’s event, Cristy Lee (from “All Girls Garage,” the X-Games and the Barrett-Jackson auction) and Mr. Eddie Munster himself, Butch Patrick.

Patrick is on a nationwide tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1960s television show, “The Munsters.” Fortunately, he is making this show part of his tour. On tour with Patrick will be the legendary hot rods from “The Munsters,” The Dragula and The Koach. In honor of Patrick attending the show, participants and spectators are invited to enter the Eddie Munster costume contest.

Awards at the show include King of the Hill (outside judging only), Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and door prizes. There will be a total of $10,000 given away to show participants. Make sure to check out the vendors and swap meet to find that hard-to-find part to finish your own hot rod. ET Motorgear will have T-shirts at the event site and on the strip selling official event merchandise.

Traffic can be a problem for locals during the event. We recommend that locals use back roads as much as possible to make it easier to get around. The Pigeon Forge Rod Run brings a lot of business and money to our community each year, as well as nationwide recognition. Many locals this time of year, namely car fans, feel lucky to call Pigeon Forge their home.

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