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As you’ve probably heard, NQC has teamed up with Dixie Stampede to bring you two incredible gospel music performances during #NQC2014 at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede! The sweet sound of Southern Gospel Music will fill Dixie Stampede’s 35,000 square foot arena on Thursday, September 24th @ 3PM with music from Soul’d Out Quartet and then again on Friday, September 25th @ 3PM with music from Tribute Quartet. Shows are almost sold out, so you really need to make plans to attend now. Call 1-800-356-1676 now or visit Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede online.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got more news!
You know we all love our mothers and Mother’s Day is very quickly approaching. With that in mind, we joined in with our friends over at Dixie Stampede as well as the great folks at Wilderness At The Smokies, Tanger Outlets Five Oaks and Gigi’s Cupcakes in Pigeon Forge to bring you the very first Greatest Mom Ever – Photo Contest!
Prize Pack Includes
Family 4-Pack Access to Entire Week of NQC 2014
Family 4-Pack of tickets to NQC-Dixie Stampede Show with Soul’d Out Quartet
Family 4-Pack of tickets to NQC-Dixie Stampede Show with Tribute Quartet
Family 4-Pack Gigi’s Cupcakes
5-Nights at Wilderness at the Smokies
$150. Gift Card to Tanger Outlets Five Oaks
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Hosts 2 Special NQC Shows
PIGEON FORGE, TN – The NQC – National Quartet Convention, Gospel music’s largest annual event, will debut in the Smoky Mountains this fall. Being the home of Dolly Parton, whose roots are in Gospel and country music, the National Quartet has been warmly welcomed into her Dixie Stampede.
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 and Thursday, September 25, 2014, Dixie Stampede will host shows exclusively for NQC – National Quartet Convention attendees. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on those dates, performers from the convention will play in the 35,000-square foot arena followed by the Dixie Stampede main show and a four-course feast. NQC – National Quartet Convention performers include Soul’d Out Quartet and Tribute Quartet. The shows on September 24 and 25 will conclude at 5:00 p.m. to give guests plenty of time to return to the LeConte Center for the night’s performances.
Dixie Stampede is also offering a special rate for these performances, which is available only to NQC – National Quartet Convention attendees. You can make reservations by calling the Dixie Stampede box office at (800) 356-1676.
Dixie Stampede thunders into the 2014 season with all-new special effects, highlighted with a rousing new overture and video projections which fill the arena with stampeding horses so lifelike the thundering hooves rattle the tables.
During our patriotic finale set to Color Me America!, written and performed by Dolly Parton, the entire arena floor is filled with the image of an American flag blowing in the breeze as a dozen horses and riders proudly present our nation’s colors.
Singing News Magazine and the Board of Directors of the National Quartet Convention (NQC) have reached a multi-year agreement for the NQC to present The Singing News Fan Awards on the Main Stage of the NQC, beginning in 2014.
Singing News Operations Manager Rick Francis states, “Danny Jones and I have been working on the details of this partnership with NQC for several weeks. It just makes sense for the Singing News Fan Awards to take place during the week of NQC, during a time when the entire Southern Gospel music community —fans, artists, and industry—is together in one place. We are very pleased about this agreement.”
The dates for this year’s NQC will be September 21 – 27, 2014 at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Singing News Fan Awards will be presented by the NQC on Friday, September 25, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
NQC Executive Vice President Clarke Beasley states, “The Singing News Fan Awards and the NQC were inseparable institutions for decades, and we are delighted that the Fan Awards will once again call the NQC home.”
Singing News Editor-In-Chief Danny Jones adds, “The Singing News Fan Awards and The National Quartet Convention have a long history together. Some of Southern Gospel music’s fondest memories have been created on the Fan Awards stage at NQC, whether in Nashville or Louisville. I feel certain that even more great memories are in the making as the NQC starts a new chapter in Pigeon Forge.”
The Singing News Fan Awards are voted on by subscribers of Singing News Magazine, a monthly publication recognized as the “Printed Voice of Southern Gospel Music.” The nominating ballot appears in the March issue, the semi-final ballot (Top 10) appears in the May issue, and the final ballot (Top 5) appears in the July issue. Voting ballots are managed, counted, and verified by a third party accounting firm, Rayburn, Bates & Fitzgerald, located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
The National Quartet Convention is Gospel Music’s largest annual event drawing nearly 40,000 people from 40 states and a half dozen foreign countries to its annual event that showcases the premier talent in the world of Southern Gospel Music.
NQC 2014 Frequently Asked Questions | Pigeon Forge, TN
Since the news of National Quartet Convention’s move to Pigeon Forge was released, there have been many questions asked about the future of Southern Gospel’s largest annual event. As board members and NQC staff fielded questions from concerned fans, the team came together to create a list to ease the minds of attendees. As you will soon find out, there are many reasons to be excited about NQC 2014 in Pigeon Forge, TN!
Will permanent ticket holders be offered comparable seating in Pigeon Forge?
Absolutely. When you purchase your seats for the 2013 NQC, you will have seats reserved in a comparable location in the Leconte Center for 2014. You can purchase and try to upgrade those seats at the 2013 NQC or wait for the invoice and pay by the end of February of 2014.
Will the showcases continue (Featured and Regional Artist Showcases)? / Will daytime events be reconfigured in alignment with the change of venue for NQC?
We will offer daytime packages of entertainment and will use the Leconte Center for some of those major showcases, much as we currrently use Freedom Hall for our major showcases now, and will allso use other venues such as the Grand Convention Center across the street from the Leconte Center.
Is there enough parking for an event this size?
There is a large parking lot that services the Leconte Center and there is also parking in an outlet mall across the street. The parking lot trams will service both areas so parking will not be a problem. Also, for those who have lodging somewhere on the strip, you can use the city trolleys and they will take you right to the front entrance of the Lectone Center, meaning that you can stay parked at your hotel. Parking is absolutely free at the Leconte Center and if you choose to ride the trolleys from your hotel, the ride is only .50 cents.
Will exhibit space be overhauled? / Where will booths be located?
There will be booth space in the Leconte Center. The booth space will be located in the major concourses as well as the major breakout roooms in the facility.
Will the Exhibit Hall be in the same building as the evening concerts?
Yes. The exhibits will be located in the Leconte Center. There may also be some displays in the Grand Convention Center as well.
Will lodging be as expensive in Louisville?
Lodging will be very affordable as the convention dates will be at a time when there is not much activity in Pigeon Forge. In addition to traditional hotels, there are also an abundance of cabin and condo rentals available at very affordable rates.
Is there lodging within walking distance of LeConte Center?
The Grand Hotel, which is undergoing major renovation, is right across the street from the Leconte Center. There are also plans for additional hotels across from the Leconte Center.
When can I make hotel reservations and buy tickets for NQC 2014?
Your first opportunity to make hotel reservations and purchase seats for NQC 2014 will be at the 2013 NQC. Attendees to the 2013 NQC can make their arrangements on site for NQC 2014. Those not attending the 2013 NQC will be able to make their reservations and purchase their seats the week following NQC 2013.
Will seating be more “senior friendly?”
All 12,000 seats will be flat on the floor. You will not have to climb any steps to reach any part of the facility.
Will there be RV hookups on site?
Though there are no RV hookups on site at the Leconte Center, there are over 2,000 full service RV sites located on the strip in Pigeon Forge. Those staying in the RV parks will have easy access to the Leconte Center by either driving or making use of the city trolleys.
Will there be shuttle service offered from Knoxville airport to the Pigeon Forge hotels?
There will be a shuttle service from the Knoxville airport to Pigeon Forge during the NQC.
Will we have major traffic problems in Pigeon Forge?
Once the NQC moves to Pigeon Forge, the event will begin on the fourth Monday of September, which is a very low traffic time for the Pigeon Forge area. There will not be anything going on other than the NQC, so traffic congestion will not be a problem.
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Board of Directors sign final piece of steel in Pigeon Forge
As construction for the all-new 232,000 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge continues, city officials took time to pause with special guests for a ceremonial placing of the final steel beam. Invitees to this special event included officials and dignitaries from: the City of Pigeon Forge, the State of Tennessee, multiple Chambers of Commerce, local and state Departments of Tourism, and also, the Board of Directors for the National Quartet Convention.
As honored guests for the ceremony, board members for NQC were met with a warm greeting as city officials expressed their gratitude and excitement for Southern Gospel’s largest annual event to call Pigeon Forge home in 2014 and 2015. Following a brief word of thanks from NQC President Les Beasley, the gentlemen showed their appreciation in the most familiar way – through song. The impromptu verse and chorus of “Amazing Grace” was again met with a warm applause and smiles. For a brief moment, the small crowd of city officials, state representatives, and tourism members got a taste of what is heading their way in less than two years.
Dates for the 2014 National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge have yet to be set. Details including travel, lodging, and area information will be released soon.
In the meantime, check out these photos of our board members attending the ceremonial “Signing of the Steel” September 19, 2012 at the brand-new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.
Photos taken by our friends at SD Professionals.