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Behind the Scenes: More Pumpkins = More Storage Solutions

After last year’s enormous success of Great Pumpkin LumiNights, we knew we would have to bring it back for a second year—with even more to see and even more space in which to see it.

In case you were not able to visit during our Harvest Festival presented by Humana last season, let me help you envision what I’m talking about: thousands upon thousands of carved, lighted pumpkins line walkways, harvest vignettes provide ample photo ops, seasonal menu items are in abundance, and our picturesque setting in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park couldn’t be more perfect for a fall-flavored festival. Still can’t picture it? Here’s video from our event last October!


As the glow grows (sorry, I’m in Marketing, remember?), we’ve learned a few things.

  1. Our current storage space isn’t enough. We’re more than doubling last year’s footprint of Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and to do so, our teams have ordered EVEN MORE pumpkins and fall décor.

We have a few units that are this size.

And now, we are building even more storage. Check out the square footage! This is designated space specifically for Great Pumpkin LumiNights.

  1. Because this event is overwhelmingly popular, it will probably be around for years to come. For longevity, it makes sense to protect our fall adornments from the rays of Smoky Mountain sunshine while they are being stored; hence, you’ll notice the new building has darker colored walls than previous buildings.

  1. Vignettes like the giant pumpkin spider were a huge hit.

This year, be on the lookout for some of the same scenes, but in different (more spacious) areas.

Additionally, be on the lookout for some new displays. Can you guess what kind of landscape this one might be?

Watch this video below to learn more about our Special Events team who makes Great Pumpkin LumiNights as great as it is. And, be sure to mark it on your calendar (Sept. 28- Nov. 3) for a must-do event this fall!

By | 2018-09-13T17:16:06+00:00 August 31st, 2018|Festivals|0 Comments

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