Dolly Parton comes home, announces new holiday Dollywood features

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Smoky Mountains' songbird Dolly Parton is home in Sevier County this weekend. She has lots planned for Dollywood this fall and took time to talk about recovering from the fires with Local 8 News Sevier County Bureau Chief Kyle Grainger.

Dolly was in the park Friday talking about all that's to come the rest of the season, from fall to Christmas.

Dollywood has planned extended hours for fall, as large pumpkin luminaries light up the park.

“I love fall in the Great Smoky Mountains,” Parton said during the media event. “It truly is one of my favorite times of the year to come home. God’s coloring book is in full display with the Great Smoky Mountains painted in reds and golds."

New this October is pumpkin luminaries displayed as part of the Great Pumpkin LumiNights feature.

Christmas will be big at Dollywood as well. The park is already putting up the 4 million lights and planning for the Parade of Many Colors.

Dolly also spoke about recovering from the wildfires, saying people need to share the message that Sevier County is open for business.

"So the main thing that we can get people to do is to spread the word, that we are back up to snuff. Everybody is doing good. Dollywood did well this year. We're happy about that. The resort is doing amazing. Thank God, we waited years to build a resort."

The fall harvest festival starts in late September.