The traveling Titanic exhibit that I went to in Birmingham a few years ago was the same with the boarding pass, iceberg, etc. I don't know if kids on vacation would find it very interesting, but I was absolutely fascinated. It's tragic and depressing, yes, but fascinating nonetheless.
I've read up on this museum and they're not going to have artifacts that were taken from the wreck site, but rather things that were brought off the ship by survivors, or were recovered from the sea during the rescue. So maybe not as depressing as the stuff pulled up from the ocean.
And awesome snowy Dollywood pics! I so want to come to the mountains for the snow. We don't often get snow down in Alabama!
The exhibit is at the Minnesota Science Museum right now. I found it fascinating. They are also showing a video about the discovery of the ship called Titanica, which I almost wasn't able to sit through. The movie featured a ton of footage of the scientists just sitting in their tiny little submarine, monkeying with the controls, not worth the $9.00, although the exhibit was, definitly worth the price (around $20.00, I believe).
20 years ago, the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville all got together to discuss their mutual problem: the complete lack of tourism during the winter months. A solution was quickly agreed upon: lights!
For the first twelve years, all the lights were turned on, in all three cities, at the same time. But in the thirteenth year, this caused a county-wide blackout. So now the three cities all have their kick-off events on different nights.
Pigeon Forge's 20th Annual Winterfest Kick Off actually occurred back on November 5th. But it's taken me this long to decide that it would be more merciful to do three or four smaller Winterfest updates, rather than one great big one.
Patriot Park is the location of Pigeon Forge's central trolley station, as well as the grounds for most outdoor city events.
Christened Patriot Park in 1993, during Operation Desert Storm, the park features this family-friendly missile as its centerpiece.
For the kick off, several tent-booths were set up to sell food--as well as Winterfest apparel.
There was also a stage, used primarily for underage school girls to dance on.
Oh, don't worry--it got weirder.
Reindeer were brought in for petting...
...and free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus were given out.
Great moments in fail: All 85 members of the Duggar family are brought back to Pigeon Forge in order to flip one switch.
Let there be lights!
Though there are light displays set up all through town, the ones at Patriot Park are patriotic/nationalistic in nature.
A southern plantation represents the backwards, racist part of the country (where we are).
This one is a bit overexposed, but it does show off how the eagle swoops down from the mountain and scoops up a fish.
He does this all night, but never gains any weight. Know why??
The riverboat display and the Little Pigeon River.
That's it for Patriot Park and Pigeon Forge's 20th Annual Winterfest Kick Off. I do see more photos of lights in your future, though!
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