#39 of 46 Pigeon Forge Things To Do

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

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Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud with World-Class ESPN Athletes
Staff Score:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

This is one of the more affordable and fun shows in Pigeon Forge – the constant action of watching two ESPN teams compete with chainsaws should please even the most critical audience. The covered, outdoor theater provides the perfect combination of feeling like you are outdoors while you are comfortable.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Feuds make for great entertainment — and it doesn’t get much better than a good, old-timey feud between dueling mountain folks1 The show is based on two historical logging families (McGraws and the Dawsons) that find themselves in a friendly competition at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud.

The outdoor theater features padded bleachers, gigantic fans (summer), and heaters (winter). The intimate setting, which seats approximately 350 audience members, is centered around an arena complete with gigantic, 60-feet high speed climbing poles, pools for log rolling, and more! The unique design provides the audience with the benefits of both an indoor and outdoor theater and makes you feel like you are part of the action.

Uncle Bud, the emcee for the show, will draw a line right down the middle of the theater separating the audience into two teams cheering on their respective “family.” Although the show is quite entertaining, this isn’t just another show – these are world-class, ESPN athletes.

As the families compete, expect to see the following:

  • Log Rolling
  • Manual Sawing
  • Chain Saw
  • Relays
  • Speed Climbing
  • Chopping

Even though we were sitting a few rows back, we had a great view of the athletes, show, and general axe-tion; that’s lumberjack-speak for action. And, axe-tion abounds in this show, from the log rollin’ and tree climbin’ to the fast relay.

Have younger ones in your group? They will LOVE the opportunity to join the lumberjacks at intermission and get to actually saw real logs! In addition, after each event, they will be able to  win a “cookie” (lumberjack-speak for the thin rounds of wood sliced off the logs) by cheering on their respective team loudly.

Insider Tips:

  • Arrive early! Seating is first-come, first serve.
  • If you wish to be given a ‘cookie’ or chosen for audience participation, sit on the front row and make sure to get the attention of the various cast members.
  • Avoid seats behind the tall support poles. These seats will have a partially obstructed view.