PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—Less than a month after capturing five Golden Ticket Awards, Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana gets under way Oct. 3 as the Oak Ridge Boys accept the James D. Vaughan Impact Award during the Singing News Fan Awards & Southern Gospel Music Association Hall (SGMA) of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Dollywood’s monthlong harvest celebration continues through Nov. 3 with daily concerts by the biggest names in Southern gospel music, including The McKameys (Oct. 5-6), Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 9-10), The Isaacs (Oct. 12-13), Guy Penrod (Oct. 19-20), The Nelons (Oct. 17), Gordon Mote (Oct. 23-24) and many more. The festival includes the return of the Praise 96.3 FM and the Singing News stages. All concerts are free with park admission. A complete concert schedule is available at

“Fall at Dollywood is so special to me because I grew up singing in church and Southern gospel music holds a very special place in my heart,” Dolly Parton said. “Nothing would make me happier than to be up there on stage with every group, singing and celebrating with each and every one of ‘em during my National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration,” Dolly Parton said.

The annual event gets under way Wednesday, Oct. 3, with the Singing News Fan Awards and SG MA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 3 p.m. in DP’s Celebrity Theatre. Artists participating in the ceremonies lead a red carpet-lined Parade of Stars beginning at 2:15 p.m. Duane Allen, William Golden, Richard Sturban and Joe Bonsall, members of the Oak Ridge Boys, will perform and accept the James D. Vaughan Impact Award at the event.

“The Oak Ridge Boys are great friends of mine and have deep roots in Southern gospel,” Parton said. “With their strong ties to East Tennessee, I’m especially honored that the Oaks will accept the great honor of the James D. Vaughan Impact Award at Dollywood as we get my National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration off to a soul-stirring start!”

With a Southern gospel legacy that dates back to World War II, the original Oak Ridge Boys Quartet was based in Knoxville, Tenn., where the group began performing country and gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge. The current Oak Ridge Boys have been one of the music industry’s most popular groups since 1973, having won Grammy, Dove, Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music Awards. The Oak Ridge Boys claimed theCMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award in 1978 and the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Vocal Performance by a Country Group or Duo for their smash hit “Elvira.” The Oak Ridge Boys joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2011.

In addition to daily Southern gospel concerts, Dollywood also features visiting crafters
from across the country. New for 2012 is The Quilter’s Corner. Located in Dollywood’s
Rivertown area, The Quilter’s Corner features one local quilter and two visiting quilters. One
from North Carolina represents the work of five different quilters while another from Virginia
represents the 50-member Second Tuesday Quilting Guild. All three will demonstrate the fine
art of quilting on The Quilter’s Corner porch in addition to providing treadle wheel sewing
machines and spinning wheels for guests to see.

A 150-acre family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Dollywood is the 2010
Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade. Open nine months a year
(March 26-Dec. 30), Dollywood offers rides and attractions; award-winning live entertainment
featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; and a dozen crafters authentic to the
East Tennessee region. Dollywood Vacations offers all-inclusive vacation planning that features
lodging and tickets for Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call
1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Operating days and hours vary.


Media: Contact Dollywood Public Relations Manager Pete Owens at 865-428-9486, 865-755-7972 or by email