Sevier County ready for busy weekend

Motorcyclists gather in Sevier County / Source: WVLT

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Downtown Sevierville was busy Friday with tourists taking in new restaurants, the farmers market and the history of the area.

Community leaders said if Memorial Day draws in the crowds, that's how many businesses plan for how busy they'll be through Labor Day.

"It really does give us a gauge on how the whole summer is going to be when you look at all the things to do and see. Not just in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that people are going to be coming into town to check those out," said Amanda Marr, with the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

Many made their way Friday to the downtown farmers market for fresh produce and vegetables.

"It's great we get a lot of tourists, do get a lot of locals, but tourists do support us too. They stay in the cabins and things so we get a lot," said Norma Henderson, with Hendersons Produce.

Marr said to get away from the crowds try the walking tour of downtown Sevierville.

"We actually have little brochures you can pick up right beside the Dolly statue, take the tour. It'll take you a couple of hours to get through it, a lot of great history, check out the buildings, learn about them. So that's a really neat thing to do when you're in town this Memorial Day weekend," she said.

Don't forget on Sunday tens of thousands of motorcyclists will gather downtown for Smoky Mountain Thunder.

It's a large gathering to honor fallen veterans for the Memorial Day weekend. They'll conclude with a ride to veterans over look so be on the look out for them.