Gatlinburg is decked out for fall from one end of town to the other. City crews and local businesses have been busy arranging pumpkins and mums, scarecrows and cornstalks to beautify the city for fall visitors. The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has just wrapped up the annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Decoration Contest. Forty businesses entered their harvest-themed displays in the contest. “Each display is so creative and well done. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to make the city that much more beautiful,” said Jim Downs, Events Director of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information about special events during October call 1 (800) 588-1817 or check out our website at

Winners of the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Decoration Contest

Best Attraction: Small Display Category
1st:   Christ in the Smokies
2nd:  Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
3rd:  Ripley’s Moving Theatre

Best Attraction:  Large Display Category
1st:   Ober Gatlinburg
2nd:  Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
3rd:  Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf

Small Accommodations
1st:  Laurel Springs Lodge Bed & Breakfast
2nd:  Tudor Inn Gatliburg
3rd:  Zoder’s Inn & Suites

Large Accommodations
1st:  Holiday Inn Club Vacations
2nd: Gatlinburg Falls
3rd: Holiday Inn Express

Small Retail
1st:   Glades Homemade Candy
2nd:  Beech Branch Gifts
3rd:  The Honey Pot

Large Retail
1st:   Paul Murray Gallery
2nd:  Santa’s Claus-et
3rd:  Kountry Antics

Small Restaurant
1st:   Farmhouse Home Goods Mercantile & Cafe
2nd:  The Pancake Pantry

Small Service
1st:   Sheer Envy Hair & Nails
Best Mall Display
1st:   Mellow Mushroom/Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler
2nd:  The Village 
3rd:   Reagan Terrace Mall

Window Display
1st:   The Gatlinburlier
2nd:   The Jewelry Spot

Best Decorated Sign
1st:   Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Sign