Paula Deen bringing popular Lumberjack Feud show back to Pigeon Forge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The popular Lumberjack Feud show will soon return to Pigeon Forge, this time with the backing of celebrity chef Paula Deen. 

Spectators will be able to see a chainsaw-touting spectacle that pits the Dawsons and the McGraws, two families described as "synonymous with the timber business" late this spring. 

“Pigeon Forge has become a second home for my family and me. The community has been warm and welcoming from the moment I opened Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and I’m thrilled to bring this action-packed show full of family fun back to the area for both residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Deen in a post on the Lumberjack Feud Facebook. 

The show will take place at Walden's Landing, a 350-person outdoor venue and will operate rain or shine from spring through December. It is the first permanent outdoor venue lumberjack show in Tennessee. 

“I’m fired up to be part of Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud. We have some of the most talented athletes from around the country who are ready to get Pigeon Forge back into the action and family-friendly competition of timbersports,” said Derek Knutson, Lumberjack Feud show manager. “Our new show is going to bring back some events that have been long-standing crowd favorites while introducing new events that are really going to get the audience jacked up!”

The original Lumberjack Feud began in 2011 before Dolly Parton purchased the venue in 2015 and reopened the attraction a year later. Last year, she changed the show to Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain adventures, which told a story of her parents' early life. 

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