KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- They're in Pigeon Forge by the thousands, selling out more than 10 hotels and bringing in a little more than $1.3 million in lodging alone. About 20 temples with the South Atlantic Shrine Association are gathering here this year, and they're inviting you to join in on the activities.
"If you don't have anything to do Saturday morning, we have a parade. There will be clowns, motorcycles... you name it and we have it," said Wayne Burkett with the SASA.
They'll also have a clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Music Road Convention Center offering free treatment for children with orthopedic problems. That's what they're all about, helping children like Jake Carr, 12, who was born with Infantile Scoliosis.
"My spine had over 100 degree curve at one point," Carr said. "They gave me the care I needed or else I would have passed. They saved my life."
If you don't join Jake and friends on Saturday, you can get a taste of a Greece or Latin America without having to travel too far.
The 32nd Annual Greek Fest kicked off Friday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. There's music, dancing and food, and the money they made goes to the church and its organizations.
"If you've never been to Greek Fest, believe me it's worth coming," said Chairman Gus Kampas.
The HOLA Festival will be going on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.along Depot Avenue. The festival features various musicians, dangers and foods from numerous countries in Latin America.