Monthly Archives: October 2010

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium

Shadrack Watersports & RV will again host its Christmas Wonderland at TN Smokies Stadium in Sevierville. This honored Christmas LED light show, synchronized to music of the season, is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Enjoy this nearly one mile long exhibit from the comfort of your own vehicle. Guests will be instructed to tune their radio to the local broadcast as thousands of lights blink to Christmas music. The entire display takes about 20 minutes to view. Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium will open Nov. 12 and run through January 2nd, hours are 6-10PM. For further information, schedule, and rates go to shadrock.com.

Elk in the Smokies Currently in “Rut”

Bull Elk in the Smokies are in “Rut” (male courtship), considered to be one of the great spectacles in North American animal kingdom. The competition between mature male elks is to try to impress and control groups of female elk.
Though the competition is mostly show as the elk prance, grunt and bugle, things can become combative as the bull elk spar. Bugling and sparing are two of the most recognized parts of the rut.
The bugling of the bull is when they through back their heads and utter a long, loud call that can be heard up to a mile away. The larger bulls are able to assert their dominance as they usually have deeper and louder calls.
The spar is when two bulls lock their massive antlers in a test of strength, pushing and shoving until one retreats into submission. The spar can cause punctures and bruises to the elks. Some times fatal injuries do occur, part of natures way of controlling the eco system.

Two Bull Elk Sparing

Two Bull Elk Sparing

Two of the best places to witness the “rut” is the Cataloochee Valley and near the Oconaluftee Vistor’s Center outside of Cherokee, NC, the closet location to The Resort. If you decide to view the “Rut” please enjoy from afar as these are wild animals.