We have been coming from Virginia to the spring (and sometimes fall) Rod Run for about 10 years now. We have traded cars, bought cars and sold cars. We love Pigeon Forge, and have even talked about moving down here upon occasion. We rent cabins and stay for 4 or 5 days each visit. We have enjoyed Dollywood, Gatlinburg and the numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities, but no more.
Your chamber of commerce needs to take a look at the overwhelming number of young, shall I say “rednecks” (and I can, I live the mountains of Virginia) that invaded the spring Rod Run this year. It has been growing worse and worse every year, and we have griped to ourselves for several visits now, but this spring we spoke to numerous of other Rod Run participants who will not be returning next year for the same reason.
All the eye could see starting Friday evening from sundown to when we left Saturday night due to being tired of being bombarded with pickup truck exhaust, smoke blowing, yelling out windows, and this year, chest baring, was truck after jacked up truck of half drunk teenagers hanging out windows, shouting obscenities and ground shaking rap music. We are not at Mardi Gras and our younger children do not need to see the reason there are strands of beads hanging off sideview mirrors.
We are very disappointed that Pigeon Forge has sunk so low. It is NOT a family friendly place to be, at least during Rod Run. It has turned from Rod Run into Redneck Run.
If I lived in the area and saw that these teenagers were representing Sevier County, and Pigeon Forge I would be ashamed. The laws in Tennessee must be very lax due to the blind eye most of the police force turns to the dangerous and disorderly behavior.
I just wanted to write and express my disappointment and downright disgust at the turn Rod Run has taken. We will be finding other car shows to attend and patronize with our tourist money, as will a number of fellow car enthusiasts next year. I hear Pennsylvania has some good ones…