Giant Smoky Mountain ferris wheel opens in Pigeon Forge

Giant Smoky Mountain ferris wheel opens in Pigeon Forge

June 21st, 2013 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is pictured on June 20, 2013.

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PIGEON FORGE - The band was playing cover tunes, the employees were wearing festive flannel shirts and, most important, the giant wheel was turning.

On a hot and sunny morning, a flop of an attraction was transformed on Thursday into a symbol of economic renewal in a tourism hot spot.

Developers Darby Campbell and Bob McManus hosted a ribbon-cutting for The Island in Pigeon Forge, a collection of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues whose centerpiece is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot tall ride featuring 42 gondola-style cars.

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