Editorial: Guns and cowboys

Variety of interesting things to do in the county this weekend
Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:14 AM

We usually have to wait until spring to find this much weekend activity in the community. Whether your tastes run from cowboys to gun rights, Sevier County is the place to be.

The national Day of Resistance, an event aimed at showing support for the Second Amendment and disdain for President Obama’s efforts at gun control, will have what could be the state’s largest rally in Sevierville on Saturday. The rally will kick off at 11 a.m. at the offices of Thompson-Carr, in the industrial park across from Sevier County High School.

Promoters say State Sen. Frank Nicely of Strawberry Plains and State Reps. Andrew Farmer and Dale Carr, both of Sevierville, will attend and speak, as will  John Harris of the Tennessee Firearms Association. Many gun owners and gun-rights advocates are concerned about proposals to limit access to certain weapons, and that concern has manifested itself in rallies such as this one. If you share that concern, or even if you don’t but are curious about what the Day of Resistance might be, head on over and attend.

If your interest is more toward entertainment and celebrating the Old West, then Pigeon Forge’s annual Saddle Up! is where you need to be. The 13th annual program includes a variety of events through Sunday. Today you can enjoy stories and music at Smoky Mountain Guitars, and 3 and 7 p.m. concerts at Grand Majestic (there is a fee). On Saturday there is a free Buckeroo Roundup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clabough’s Campground that features a mechanical bull, a food tent and music. There also will be a noon chuck wagon cookoff at the campground ($10), a dance Saturday night at Spirit of the Smokies Lodge and, on Sunday morning, a chuck wagon breakfast and cowboy church, both at Stages West.

Also Saturday you can head over to Pigeon Forge Community Center for St. Jude Saturday. There will be an “Urban Fit Zumba-thon” to raise money for the Memphis hospital, and you can sign up for the national bone marrow registry that could save someone’s life one day who needs a medical procedure for which you are a match. These events will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

Don’t forget the annual Rose Glen Literary Festival starting at 9 a.m. at Walters State College in Sevierville. Local authors will make presentations, and the luncheon speaker is Dr. Bill Bass, known for his work at the body farm. All but the luncheon is free, and you are sure to enjoy the author presentations.

It’s a busy weekend, and the weather forecast is favorable.