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 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Dolly Parton's entertainment park Dollywood has a special way of celebrating the advent of autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. They throw a spectacular seasonal celebration for the entire month of October, bringing in scores of craftspeople from across the nation and cooking up a special menu of harvest food favorites.
 It's Dollywood's National Crafts Festival, and it all begins on Friday, Oct. 1.
 This year's special fall event is the only authentic outdoor harvest festival in the Smokies. It is a celebration that offers traditional crafts, unique food selections, old-fashioned games and activities, and fun for the entire family.
 While strolling through the park, Dollywood visitors can learn the skills and secrets of artisans practicing such unique old-fashioned skills as chairmaking, shoemaking, cobblestone painting, wheat weaving, white metalsmithing, and scherenschnitte, a little-known paper-cutting art form begun by Swiss and German artisans long ago.
 The National Crafts Festival also celebrates the craft of cooking with a feast of taste-tempting foods. Choose from Smoky Mountain Chili Pie, Apple Festival Delights, Handmade Pretzels, Scotch Eggs, and a Smoky Mountain version of Fish 'n' Chips, to name just a delicious few. Dollywood also will demonstrate some of the old-fashioned ways the Smokies' settlers cooked things up, including the way to process a pig, how to churn milk and how to mold butter.
 Dollywood adds a special "Pumpkin Patch" attraction to this year's festival that features an "a-maze-ing" display of everyone's favorite autumn decoration in orange. And kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned fun of pitching horseshoes, shooting marbles and playing checkers in special areas throughout the park.
 In addition to the daily activities at Dollywood during the National Crafts Festival, weekend visitors to the park can enjoy the continuing "Showcase of Stars" concert series, presented by Coca-Cola Classic. October performances will be highlighted by country music stars Louise Mandrell (10/2-3), Billy Joe Royal with Williams & Ree (10/9-10), Lee Greenwood (10/16-17), Tammy Wynette with Jerry Clower (10/23-24), and Suzy Bogguss (10/30-31). Tickets for "Showcase of Stars" performances can be reserved by calling 615-428-9620 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
 Park operating hours for the 1993 National Crafts Festival are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Thursdays), Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to Dollywood is $21.99 plus tax for adults (ages 12 and over), $14.99 plus tax for children ages 4 - 11, and $18.99 plus tax for seniors ages 60 and over. children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Admission includes all entertainment, craft showcases, rides, and attractions (with the exception of the "Showcase of Stars" concerts and prize-winning games).
 For more information about Dollywood and the National Crafts Festival, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or write to 1020 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 37863-4101.
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