Extreme traffic expected in Pigeon Forge for Rod Run weekend

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – Pigeon Forge will be a bustling town this weekend, not only for its tourist attractions, but also because of the Rod Run. The event features a collection of hot rods that tour the city a few times a year.

Rod Run visitor Jerry King said, “We like it. It’s a good getaway. Getaway of three, four or five days.

King is from Alabama and enjoys going to the Rod Run every year. What comes with the Rod Run is the traffic.

King said: “People who don’t want bumper to bumper and people who don’t want to walk side by side, they have to stay home.”

While we were in Pigeon Forge, the line to get into the LeConte Center, where the event is held, was jammed up for a while. Traffic saves were also happening on Parkway. Rhonda Braddy who lives in Pigeon Forge said she didn’t like the event.

“It’s not my favorite time of year,” Braddy said.

Braddy has lived in Pigeon Forge for 7 years. She said the Rod Run was fun, but not so much.

“Now you can’t even move and over the last few years with violence,” Braddy said. “It wasn’t like this before.”

This refers to the shooting at the Pilot gas station during last year’s event.

Pigeon Forge Police will receive additional assistance this weekend. THP and the Blount Co. Sheriff’s Office will provide additional resources. Pigeon Forge officers will also work 12-hour shifts. Even with extra security measures, Braddy said his friends still avoided the area.

“They can’t get to tourist attractions because they’re stuck in traffic,” Braddy said.

Some visitors don’t care about traffic and prefer to walk more.

“It doesn’t bother us at all. When you’re on foot, it doesn’t bother you at all,” King said.

The Rod Run goes through Sunday.

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