A Year of Dolly
Throughout 2017, Sevier County will be hosting special events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Dolly Parton statue as well as offer thanks for her ongoing kindness and generosity.
Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, set for Friday, May 5, will begin in Pigeon Forge with Dolly leading the procession. On Saturday, May 6 head to historic downtown Sevierville for a free outdoor showing of “9 to 5,” the classic 1980 comedy movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
On April 20 and June 15, aspiring artists can sign up for a Tino & Vino event at Courthouse Donuts. The fun hands-on class, led by renowned local artist Robert Tino, will feature Dolly inspired art.
In September and October head to Courthouse Donuts for tasty treats and a special exhibition of art by Sevier County children inspired by Dolly’s life and her Imagination Library program.
The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, Sevier County’s version of American Idol, invites competitors to sing one of the more than 3,000 songs written by Dolly for a chance to win cash and prizes. Compete for your chance to start a music career in Dolly’s hometown or cheer on those who hope to follow in her footsteps. The entry deadline is April 7 and the final round takes place in historic downtown Sevierville on May 20.
And, of course, the special exhibit 30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze will be on display at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center all year. An interactive feature of the exhibit invites you to snap a selfie posed on a mountain boulder like the one used in the Dolly statue.
With its generous spirit and hometown love, it’s easy to picture yourself in Sevierville.