I doubt it will close down. I'm not sure how bad the grand is but the Rod Run brings alot of money into the Pigeon Forge area, already being a tourist town along with Gatlinburg Lol Just from observation every year the Rod Run does great. I wouldn't say it's the best by any means but I definately think it's well worth it. I'm going this year. I didn't get to attend both last year and the year before because I had closing shifts ALL WEEK~~
Ok i have some info on this. The grand closed down due to the fact that it was labled the nastiest hotel in north america at one point. That and the fact that pigeon forge built a HUGE ne convention center litterly on the other side of the bridge from the grand. The grand was auctioned on the court house lawn a few weeks/ month ago to some unknow to most guy. He backed out when he saw the shape of the place and hauled ass, now some new cat has came in and is planning a remodel and a reopening. Personal i hope they do get it up and running, my family owns the riverside propertys and i run the riverside motor lodge but the grand is a beautiful hotel that needs saved. No worries, the spring and fail rod runs are most of our yearly income so they will always go on. As of right now the spring rod run is a go and will be on the 19th of april to the 21th and is being referee to as the spring rod run.
I have been thinking about offering a MM discount for the rod runs.
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Some inside info that we all love so much!
The grand hotel was owned by Keneth Seaton, he was a hardcore asshole/ alcoholic that fired his staff regularly and spent 90% of his time chasing women and drunk off his ass. Well one day he got drunk and grabbed a female employees crotch ( not the first time) and got his ass sued to hell and back. He owned anything with the name grand or family inn in it and lost it all due to his own stupidity. I can say all this because the stupid sob is my uncle.....