great gatlinburg shark race

Rubber sharks are released into the Little Pigeon River at the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens bridge to race downstream, first one to cross the finish line wins!

The Great Gatlinburg Shark Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at 3pm at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Rubber sharks will be dropped into the Little Pigeon River and race to the finish line. The first shark to cross the line will win the grand prize “Polaris RZR 800.” All proceeds from the race will go to Cherish the Child Foundation.

“It is a genuine privilege for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to sponsor such a noteworthy event that will help so many children,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Cherish the Child Foundation, founded in 2004, is a non-profit organization whose sole mission and purpose is to provide financial assistance and increased public awareness for the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, Tennessee.

“We are so grateful and excited to be a part of this great shark race. Purchasing a ticket for the Shark Race is such a fun, easy way to help Cherish the Child Foundation and also gives people a chance to win some great prizes at the same time,” said Dr. Brenda Tweed, Executive Director of Cherish the Child Foundation.

Other prizes include: 2nd Place: $2,500 Shopping Spree at Ogle’s Furniture, 3rd Place: VIP Amusement Package & Food City Gift Card, 4th Place: Wilderness Resort Package for 4, 5th Place: $500 Obagi Skin Care Package, 6th Place: $250 Walmart Gift Card, and 7th Place: Hard Rock Café Gift Basket.

Shark Tickets can be purchased for $10 at each of the following participating tickets sales locations: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Praise 96.3, Sevier County Bank locations, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Nascar SpeedPark, Mountain Motor Sports, Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, other participating area businesses and online at

The Great Shark Race is sponsored by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Food City, Wal-Mart, Mountain MotorSports, Ogle Furniture Outlet, Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Wilderness of the Smokies, Hard Rock Café, WATE-TV, The Mountain Press, The Knoxville News Sentinel, WJBZ Praise 96.3, The Island, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Larry & Nancy Adams, Thomas Conway, M.D. and All Occasion Party Rentals.

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September 28, 2013


Ripley's Aquarium Plaza