Dollywood Festival of Nations


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Each year Dollywood host a unique event called The Festival of Nations. Artist come from countries like Zambia, Ireland, Ecuador, and China to perform music and other talent acts. 

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The streets of the park are filled with international markets. Even food vendors cook up dishes from foreign lands like Germany and Jamaica. Aside from the shopping and street circus’s, there is traditional Dollywood entertainment that features breathtaking roller-coasters and the majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood’s newest ride, The Wild Eagle, is the very first winged roller coaster in North America. It speeds over 60 mph and not only does it have massive drops, but the loops are on the edge of a cut out mountain, making it twice as hard to man-up. 

If you’re an adrenaline and heights junkie, check out the zip line. It features 5 treks with lengths up to nearly 1,000 feet. (This event does require an extra fee). Image

Also, Check out the Friend’s of Dolly Fountain. The gorgeous fountain is adorned with stars that hold the names of celebrity Country and Gospel singers who’ve performed or visited the park. In the winter it’s drained and filled with a gigantic flickering Christmas Tree. 

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Blake Shelton’s Twitter Fame Skyrockets Past 1Million Followers


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Blake Shelton is now behind only Dolly Parton in the number of followers a Country Star has on Twitter. Dolly tops the Country Music list with 1,537,076 followers while Blake follows her closely with 1,003,001. It seems Blake Shelton’s fame multiplied exponentially almost over night, with much thanks to the hit new show “The Voice”. “The Voice” debuted after the 2012 Superbowl with record ratings. Blake shares a position as judge for the blind talent show with Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and CeeLo Green.

Twitter users constantly blow up the hashtag #thevoice with comments like “I’m addicted” and “Best show ever”.  Tweets also comment on the personality and humor of Blake Shelton. Blake’s comedic responses to the other judges have started to create their own hashtag. Blake Shelton’s twitter fame has surpassed American legends like Hugh Hefner, Dr.Phil, and NFL star Drew Brees. He also has more followers than co-judge Christina Aguilera, a long time pop star.  “Twitter Counter” predicts that Blake will reach 1,204,630 followers in the next 15 days and reach 2million followers in just 74 days.

Check Blake Shelton out tonight on the 54th Annual Grammy Awards show. Blake is up for every eligible title- Best Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.

You can also see him on The Voice  Monday nights on NBC at 8/7 Central.