(WBIR - Sevier County) Sevier County will be packed this weekend. Several events will bring lots of people and money to the area.
One of the big events is the 7th Annual Mountain Man Memorial March. The event happens Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Gatlinburg and will take people along Highway 321 as they march / run along a 26. 2 mile course to honor military members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Brenda Shelton-Metcalf said her son, Sr. Airman Benjamin White, was killed in Afghanistan on June 9, 2010 when his helicopter was shot down.
"It's just an honor for us to be able to be here and to know that there are teams that want to come and remember our fallen," she said.
Austin Love of Knoxville is participating in the march.
"It's about the Gold Star mothers, honestly, and it's about the families. Service before self is definitely one of our core values," he said.
To find out more information on the Mountain Man Memorial March visit http://www.mountainmanmemorialmarch.com/.
Also happening in Sevier County this weekend is the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest. It takes place Saturday, April 12th at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. For for information visit http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/.
Don't forget about the 31st Annual Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run taking place at the LeConte Center through Saturday evening. The event features hundreds of classic cars and thousands of car enthusiasts. For more information visit http://www.pigeonforgechamber.com/event/434.
Tourism officials throughout the county expect the area to see a big economic boost because the events are bringing thousands of visitors.
"It really helps fill up a lot of the hotel rooms. It keeps the restaurants busy so economically, I can't give you an exact number, but it's a hugely successful event," said Pigeon Forge Tourism Director Leon Downey.
"We've got multiple events going on and what that does for us is it brings people to town and it puts heads in beds and that's what's so great about it," said Marci Claude with the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. "When you throw an event it's a nice way to introduce your community to visitors."
Drivers should expect heavy traffic due to all of the events in Sevier County. The City of Pigeon Forge said police and state troopers will have extra units out on the roads.