Big turnout for Pigeon Forge Rod Run at LeConte Center

Big turnout for Pigeon Forge Rod Run at LeConte Center

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PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Thousands of cool cars packed the Parkway in Pigeon Forge this weekend for the annual spring Rod Run at it's new location, the LeConte Center.      

This year was bigger than ever, after the event changed locations to the new 100,000 square foot venue.

Ken Meredith built a car with his son and came to the very first Pigeon Forge Rod Run 31 years ago, and he hasn't missed one since.

"You meet the best people from far away places, every state if you go to a lot of shows. It's the camaraderie. It's like family," Meredith said.

Forty show-cars earned prime space inside and hundreds more were on display outside.

East Tennessee native Scott Dupre of Scotty D TV, an online car show, says this love of all things that go vroom is passed down from generation to generation.  

"People think, oh that's a pretty color, but they don't realize all money and talent and years, some of these cars have taken four or five years to build," Dupre said. 

Organizers said they estimate 10,000 people from all over the country attended the run.

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