Normally when you go on vacation, you spend all your time eating, relaxing, shopping and catching up on some much-needed sleep in your cabin in Gatlinburg. What else are holidays for, right? If you are visiting Gatlinburg this weekend, however, you can participate in an annual charity event for a great cause. The Gatlinburg United Way Shark Race is held each year at the Little Pigeon River that raises money for the local United Way. This year it will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 3 PM.
For just $10 you will buy your own shark – don’t worry, this one is made of rubber! – to launch down the Little Pigeon River. The lucky grand prize winner will win a five-day cruise from a Western Caribbean Cruise for two, which includes airfare from Knoxville to Miami. But that isn’t the only prize up for grabs! You could also win an Apple Ipad, a VIP amusement package to local spots and $1000 Food City gas card. Of course, just participating in this fun event is rewarding enough, knowing that your $10 goes to support local charities and those in need. You can purchase your ticket online or at the aquarium, any Food City location or the Gatlinburg Welcome Center.
Whether you want to participate or just observe, head on down to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies before 3 PM to secure your spot along the waterway. At 3 PM over 5,000 sharks will be released into the river, all “swimming” to the finish line – will yours be the winner? While you are there, you will want to explore the aquarium, one of the greatest attractions that Gatlinburg has to offer. Since you will be just minutes away from the Parkway, you can finish up your race day with a stroll in downtown Gatlinburg. You might just need to stop for ice cream to cool down after a hot day in the mountains.
Need directions to the aquarium or any other attraction in Gatlinburg? Not sure where to park or what attraction would be best for your family? Don’t hesitate to contact us at the main office via phone or email. When you are an Elk Springs Resort Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals guest, we do so much more than provide you with a luxury cabin rental.