DOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT WINS TWO BRASS RING AWARDS

Dollywood maintains status as the reigning winner of the most Brass Ring Awards with 20.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—Dollywood’s live entertainment won two International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) Brass Ring Awards for Excellence in Live Entertainment. With 20 Brass Ring Awards, Dollywood has won more than any other theme park in the world.

The Gemtones won for Best Atmosphere/Street Performance and Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke won Best Overall Production for the budget category $400,001-$700,000. In all, Dollywood entertainment was a finalist in eight categories.

The awards were presented on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the annual IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Fla.

The Gemtones, a five-member a capella group, performs ‘50s and ‘60s music in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction area. Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke, which featured eight songs written by Dolly Parton, ended a three-year run on Oct. 19.

“What better news to get when I’m half way around the world on tour in Australia than to find out that Dollywood’s live entertainment won two more Brass Ring Awards from the fine folks at IAAPA,” Parton said. “It makes me proud to know that when folks come to Dollywood, we’re giving them our best, and I truly appreciate such high praise from our industry.”

Also at IAAPA, Dollywood’s Splash Country won the Big Squirt!® 2011 Million Dollar Sales Splash Award in recognition of more than $1 million in sales of the Big Squirt water toy.

IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities worldwide. The organization represents more than 4,500 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries.

Dollywood, the 2010 Applause Award winner, is a 150-acre family adventure park located near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open nine months a year, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions including the award-winning coasters Thunderhead® and Mystery Mine®, live entertainment and crafters. In March 2012, Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S., opens at the park. Winner of IAAPA’s Must-See Waterpark Award in 2009, Dollywood’s Splash Country is adjacent to Dollywood and spans more than 35 acres. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com.

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