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(WBIR) Hiking, tours, and some East Tennessee wildlife are all in the spotlight this week as part of a major celebration.

It's all part of the Wilderness Wildlife Week put together by the City of Pigeon Forge. Those who helped organize the 8 days of activities say its really grown by leaps and bounds since it began.

"The first one they had around 60 people that attended. It was a half-day seminar, now we'll probably have hopefully somewhere around 20,000 and 25,000," said Butch Helton, who works for the city's department of tourism.

In total, there are more than 300 programs and dozens of hikes and tours into the Great Smoky Mountains being offered as part of this year's Wilderness Wildlife Week.

Admission to all the activities is free. The events run through next Saturday.