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Gatlinburg, Tenn., (March. 21, 2012)— The City of Gatlinburg will bring the Smoky Mountain Summer Experience to Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 21. The City will provide children of all ages a free, one-of-a kind outdoor summer experience and an opportunity to explore Gatlinburg just as the iconic black bear of the Smoky Mountains does. Guests will have the chance to climb a rock wall, build their own Gatlinburg black bear to take home or donate to Kosair Children’s Hospital and meet Gatlinburg’s mascot, Zeno the bear. The event will be located at Ford’s Thunder on the Ground Waterfront Park on the South Great Lawn.

“Gatlinburg is your summer adventure’s playground for endless opportunities—you have never been closer to the outdoor adventure, majestic scenery and family-fun entertainment,” said David Beeler, Executive Director of the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism. “We’re excited to bring our Louisville visitors a taste of the Gatlinburg summer experience and provide children a reminder of their day in the Smokies.”

The event is free to the public and will feature a rock climbing wall, a Gatlinburg black bear building station and appearances by Shivers the penguin from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Gatlinburg’s mascot, Zeno the bear. Guests will also have the opportunity to bring home the Gatlinburg black bear as a token of the Smokies or may donate a bear to a child at Louisville Children’s Hospital where Gatlinburg will deliver the building bears to the children on Tuesday, April 24. Visitors can also enter to win giveaways from Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Park Vista, The Greystone Lodge, Elk Springs Resort, Edgewater Hotel, Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and the Gatlinburg Attractions Association.

For more information on the event, visit www.summeringatlinburg.com or check us out on Facebook.

Gatlinburg is a quaint, mountain getaway nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers a variety of travel experiences ranging from family activities to romantic getaways or outdoor adventures. Gatlinburg also has more than 12,000 rooms for lodging and 400 shops as well as many attractions including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Ober Gatlinburg and many others.

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