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Todd Caldwell wins again in the third annual Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run

Todd CaldwellPIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2015—Runner Todd Caldwell of Sevierville, Tenn., won the third annual Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, finishing the course in first place as the male open winner in (18:06:06). Caldwell was the winner of the first-ever Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run in 2013 and came in second place at the event last year. Caldwell is a local favorite and fellow runners call him “the beast.” The overall second place winner was Zachary Collins of Rockwood, Tenn. (19:43:55), and the overall third place winner was Justin Kita of Erie, Penn., (20:10:92). This event is part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com.

Michelle Childs of Knoxville, Tenn., was the female open winner (20:39:38), Jeannie MacHon of Shawnee, Kan., was the female master winner (24:45:26), and Nathan Abercrombie of Gainesville, Ga., was the male master winner (21:03:69).   Atress McBee of Oak Ridge, Tenn., was the female grandmaster winner (28:15:93) and Timothy Rutherford of Knoxville, Tenn., was the male grandmaster winner (21:34:64). Lynn Cartee of Gatlinburg, Tenn., was the female veteran winner (35:26:45) and James Brown of Maryville, Tenn., was the male veteran winner (22:24:52). A total of 226 people finished the race sponsored by The Comedy Barn Theater ® (172 of which were runners), to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.   Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation serving the 4th Judicial District, consisting of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties. The corporation is dedicated to serving children who are victims of severe neglect, and physical and sexual abuse through prevention, education and intervention.

Officials of The Comedy Barn Theater® were very pleased with the third annual event, and have announced that the Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held on Sept. 3 of 2016. Donna Koester, executive director of Safe Harbor Chlld Advocacy Center said, “Our main goal is to get kids on a path to recovery. I want to thank everyone at The Comedy Barn Theater from theater co-owners Jim Hedrick and David Fee to all of the staff and especially Comedy Barn performers Clyde Foley Cummins and Danny Devaney. I also want to thank everyone for all of the community support. We hope to see you next year.”

“We got serious to raise money for this charity,” said Danny Devaney. Safe Harbor helps kids who need it more than anything.   They are in dire need of funding. I don’t know how they do it. This run exceeded our expectations. We raised almost $3,000 on the silent auction on top of what we raised in the race, which will be tallied by the middle of the week.   We are happy that so many people participated in The Comedy Barn Kickin’ Chicken event and that we are able to help Safe Harbor. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

Other winners for the day’s events included Cecilia Perkins of Gadsden, Ala., in the female ages 1 t0 10 category (27:57:95), Jackson Machon of Shawnee, Kan., in the male ages 1 to 10 category (24:52:12), Maddie Hamor of Walhalla, S.C., in the female ages 11 to 14 category (39:03:15) and Kent Koester of Sevierville, Tenn., in the male ages 11 to 14 category (25:21:51), Katie McIntosh of Mount Holly, N.C., in the female 15 to 19 category (22:50:69) and Zachary Collins of Rockwood, Tenn., in the male 15 to 19 category (19:43:55). Haley Hatcher, a University of Tennessee student from Sevierville, was the female ages 20 to 24 winner (22:10:55) and Ethan Archer, a University of Tennessee student from Newport, Tenn., was the male ages 20 to 24 winner (23:31:43). Ashley Walsh of Winder, Ga., was the female ages 25 to 29 winner (21:12:25) and Robert Taylor of Sevierville was the male ages 25 to 29 winner (24:13:49).

Kristin Shick of Sevierville was the female ages 30 to 34 winner (25:42:13), Travis Reagan of Sevierville was the male ages 30 to 34 winner (24:25:38), Alicia Bentley of Thorn Hill, Tenn., was the female ages 35 to 39 winner (25:42:50), and Jesse Rollins of Sevierville was the male ages 35 to 39 winner (20:19:20). Stephanie Saylor of Knoxville was the female ages 40 to 44 winner (26:35:45), Jim David of Maryville was the male ages 40 to 44 winner (24:23:33), Carina Denney of Pigeon Forge was the female 45 to 49 winner (32:07:53), Byron Maddox of Knoxville was the male 45 to 49 winner (22:22:76), Imelda Wegworth of Sevierville was the female 50 to 54 winner (30:34:30), Brian Haskett of Sevierville was the male ages 50 to 54 winner (26:56:38), Teresa Cantrell of Gatlinburg was the female ages 55 to 59 winner (30:33:61), Frank Maynard of Racoon, Ky., was the male ages 55 to 59 winner (25:26:45), Mary Leitnaker of Knoxville,   was the female 50 to 64 winner (39:05:35), Roger Ours of Cleveland, Tenn., was the male ages 65 to 69 winner (26:10:84), Jerry Tipton of Corryton, Tenn., was the male ages 70 to 74 winner (32:57:81), Larry Acuff of Knoxville was the male 75 to 79 winner (31:50:05) and Casina Huff was the female ages 80 and over winner (1:03:49:96).

The Comedy Barn Theater®, is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals. For more information call 1-800-29- LAUGH (52844) or see The Comedy Barn® or see The Comedy Barn® web site at http://www.comedybarn.com/.

The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry Variety Show;” “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo, “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

Comedy Barn 5K Kickin’ Chicken Run to benefit Children’s Charities

ChickenrunPIGEON FORGE, Tenn., August 20, 2015 – The Comedy Barn Theater® in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be hosting the third annual Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 8 a.m.   All of the net proceeds will benefit The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center that provides comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

The race will be a single loop race that will begin and end at The Comedy Barn Theater®. The route goes through the Island and returns down the Riverwalk Greenway. Forms can be picked up from The Comedy Barn Theater® or people can register online. They can also register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m.  For more information call 865-428-5222 or 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site‎ at http://www.ComedyBarn.com/kickinchicken. If people would just like to make an entry fee donation and not physically participate in the race, they may check the virtual category and The Comedy Barn® race team will mail them a t-shirt!

The registration cost is $20.00 for adults and $15 for children (17 and under.) After Aug. 24 the cost goes up to $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for children (17 and under).   Packet pickup will be at The Comedy Barn Theater®, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 from noon to 10:30 p.m or they can be picked up the morning of the race. The t-shirts are heavy weight cotton short sleeve. In order to be guaranteed a race shirt, registration must be received by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Awards: Top M/F Overall, Master, Grandmaster, and Veteran Finisher. Awards three deep to M/F finishers in all age groups 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ (overall winners not eligible).

“We are all about children at The Comedy Barn,” said Clyde Foley Cummins, race director and performer at The Comedy Barn Theater®. “We want to give back to the community. Nothing is more worthy than child causes. We are promoting fun and health. We have a silent auction for everyone and the public is welcome.”

There will be a silent auction with items from local retailers and attractions at the race. There will be large prizes that will include attractions, lodging and dining packages.   There will also be door prizes, and there will be refreshments furnished after the race. This event is part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com. Winners in each age division will receive medals and tickets to The Comedy Barn®.

The Comedy Barn®, is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals.

The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry Variety Show;” “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo, “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

Tennessee Legislature Issues Clean Comedy Day Proclamation, Cites Comedy Barn Theater’s® 20 Years of Clean Family Comedy

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 28, 2015 – To commemorate the landmark 20th anniversary of The Comedy Barn Theater®, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., The Tennessee Legislature has declared April 28, 2015, Clean Comedy Day in the Volunteer State, encouraging all Tennesseans to join them in recognizing the importance of clean family comedy. The proclamation was sponsored by Senators Overbey and Southerland as well as Representatives Swann and Ramsey and was signed by Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

The proclamation cites that The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, owned by local businessmen David Fee and Jim Hedrick, was one of the first entrepreneurial clean comedy Pigeon Forge entertainment companies launched 20 years ago on April 28, 1995; and over the last 20 years the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group has subsequently launched and produced many different shows in various family themes and genres beginning with The Comedy Barn® . . . and all fit for family members of all ages.

“We are the most successful, and most attended clean comedy theater in the world,” said Comedy Barn Theater® co-owner and company chief executive officer, David Fee. “We attribute the success of the entire Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group to a long-term strategy of operating the longest running clean comedy theater in the world.  Times have changed but people always need a laugh and we are still the funniest show in town.   Our concept was groundbreaking in an era when successful comedy was not intended for a family audience.  I knew we had a winner with clean family comedy when I would see children outside of The Comedy Barn Theater pouting to their parents because they could not get into our show because we were sold out.”

The show can still be seen nightly at The Comedy Barn Theater® at 2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Comedy Barn® Theater has many special events planned throughout the year including the World’s Largest Shaving Cream Pie Fight scheduled for June 16th in front of The Comedy Barn Theater® in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. The pie fight is open to the public and details are posted on The Comedy Barn web site http://comedybarn.com/piefight.

Entertainers Fee and Hedrick had plenty of reasons to be nervous when they debuted “The Comedy Barn Show” at The Comedy Barn Theater® on April 28, 1995, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 20 years ago.  Opening a “clean” family-friendly comedy theater, which meant there were no swear words, or anything derogatory in the act, was against the comedy club nightclub mainstream performances of the time.  “Would anyone come to a clean comedy family show where no alcohol was served?” they wondered.

The show was an initial success with overflow crowds.  In 1996, Fee and Hedrick had the original 200 seat Comedy Barn Theater®, (which was formerly the Archie Campbell Hee Haw Theater), torn down and constructed an iconic locator, the current barn shaped 800-seat Comedy Barn Theater® on the same land along the Parkway. The renovations led to lots of challenges though, when a contractor took all their money and left them with just a hole in the ground and some steel beams.  Thanks to help from Fee’s parents and the local Citizen’s National Bank, the new Comedy Barn Theater® was completed on Dec. 19, 1996, and has been a mainstay of clean comedy for the past two decades. The theater’s annual attendance over the past 20 years is approaching 5 million patrons and it has truly stood the test of time and become a landmark icon in Pigeon Forge.

“The pundits love to say clean comedy cannot be successful in today’s world, but 5 million customers proved them wrong,” said Fee proudly.  “Clean Comedy Wins!  20 years later the Comedy Barn Theater® is still going strong and attracting new audiences.”

Fee, a former magician, and Hedrick, a former juggler, were performers in the show for several seasons.  Today, The Comedy Barn Theater® is open year-round and features a fast-paced variety show that includes award winning jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians, trained animal acts, music, magic, audience participation skits and much more. The Comedy Barn Theater® is one of the most established, recognizable clean comedy theaters in the world providing high-level comedic entertainment.

For the many visitors who travel to Pigeon Forge, The Comedy Barn Theater® has created a dynamic and fun show that appeals equally to both young and old audiences. Comedy Barn Theater’s® co-owner Jim Hedrick, states, “We are convinced that The Comedy Barn Theater’s® success, and our large number of return customers, is due to the peace of mind that families who attend our shows have, knowing that they will laugh, be thoroughly entertained, and never have to worry about anything inappropriate happening on our stage. Every show is different because the audience participation skits are always hilariously unpredictable.

“Clean comedy can really bring people together and let them have a good time,” he said. “Parents, children and even grandparents all enjoy our show because it is refreshingly wholesome.”

For additional information on The Comedy Barn Theater® and/or 20th Anniversary Activities, Tickets and/or Contests, people can go to http://www.comedybarn.com/, Comedy Barn Facebook Page or call the ticket office at 1-800-29-Laugh or (865) 428-5222.

Guests can search for a You Tube video on the Internet called “Dad at the Comedy Barn” that showcases Eric Lambert, one of the comedians at the Comedy Barn that has received over 25 million hits.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Y4keqTV6w

Fee and Hedrick are no longer nervous about their clean comedy venture.  They now proudly own a company dedicated to clean family fun.  The legislature’s proclamation cited the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group’s provision of jobs, services and benefits afforded the County of Sevier in Tennessee.  It also recognized that The Fee/Hedrick Company has contributed to the economic foundation of the community and to the betterment of a year-round stable workforce in the face of the previous local seasonal-employment model and therefore played a distinct, critical role in addressing the employment needs of Sevier County while serving as a destination for tourists regionally and internationally.

20 years later, Fee and Hedrick are still juggling, only now they are juggling three theaters, ten shows, a catering company, a restaurant and a vacation website company, instead of just juggling onstage at The Comedy Barn Theater®, where it all began.  Venues include:  “The Comedy Barn,” http://www.comedybarn.com/, The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” http://www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com/,“The Smoky Mountain Opry,” http://www.smokymtnopry.com/, “Magic Beyond Belief,” http://www.pigeonforgemagic.com/ starring Darren Romeo, “The Blackwoods Morning Show,”

http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/blackwoods-morning-variety-show, The Comedy Critters Pet Show, http://www.comedybarn.com/pigeon-forge-show/comedy-critters-pet-show, four Christmas shows, Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering,

http://www.pigeonforgecatering.com/ and SeePigeon Forge.com http://www.seepigeonforge.com/.

Dodson and Hatcher win second annual 5K Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken Run

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2014 — Runners Isaiah Dodson, 17, of Jefferson City, and Haley Hatcher, 20, of Sevierville won the second-ever 5K Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken Run on Saturday. Dodson finished the course as the male open winner in 17:36 and Hatcher finished the course as the female open winner in 21:32.  Jessica Lambert, 40, of Sevierville was the female master winner in 25:51 and Todd Caldwell, 42, also of Sevierville was the male master winner in 18:12.  Caldwell was the winner last year of the first ever 5-K Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken run.

Other winners this year were female grandmaster winner, Atress McBee, 52, who finished in 28:08 and male grandmaster winner, Mike Cannon, 54, of Beaverton, Al., who finished in 21:12.  Female Veteran Winner, Barb Liehgeber, 62, of Sevierville finished in 37:26 and male veteran winner James Brown, 60, of Maryville finished in 23:18.   A total of 184 people participated in the race, 145 of which were runners.  The race was sponsored by The Comedy Barn Theater® to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.  The 100th finisher across the line was Kennedy Fleming, 19, of Sevierville in 37:35. Fleming received $100 cash.

Officials of The Comedy Barn Theater® were well pleased with the event, and have announced that the 5K Kickin’ Chicken Run will be held annually.  David Fee, president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater® said, “Our second 5K run exceeded our expectations.  We are glad so many people participated and we were able to help so many people. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

“We are all about children at The Comedy Barn®,” said Clyde Foley Cummins, race director and performer at The Comedy Barn®.  “We wanted to give back to the community.  Nothing is more worthy than child causes.”

Winners in each of 16 age divisions received medals and first places winners received tickets to The Comedy Barn Theater®.  The top male and female winners got tickets to Fee/Hedrick Shows including The Comedy Barn®, The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show and The Smoky Mountain Opry.  They also received an accommodations package from SeePigeonForge.com.

The Comedy Barn®, is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals.

For more information call 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site‎ at http://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchicken. The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry Variety Show;” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

 

Comedy Barn 5K Kickin’ Chicken Run to benefit Children’s Charities

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Aug. 28, 2014 – The Comedy Barn Theater® in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be sponsoring the second annual Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun/Fun Walk on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. All of the net proceeds will benefit The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center that provides comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

The race will be a single loop race that will begin and end at The Comedy Barn Theater®. The race will start at 8 a.m. The route goes through the Island and returns down the Riverwalk Greenway. Forms can be picked up from The Comedy Barn Theater® or people can register online. They can register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information call 865-428-5222 or 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site at http://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchicken.

The registration cost is $25.00 for adults and $20 for children 17 and under. Packet pickup will be at The Comedy Barn Theater®, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m or they can be picked up the morning of the race. The t-shirts are heavy weight cotton short sleeve. Awards: Top M/F Overall, Master, Grandmaster, and Veteran Finisher. Awards three deep to M/F finishers in all age groups 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ (overall winners not eligible).

If people would just like to make an entry fee donation and not physically participate in the race, they may check the virtual category and The Comedy Barn® race team will mail them a t-shirt!

We are all about children at The Comedy Barn,” said Clyde Foley Cummins, race director and performer at The Comedy Barn Theater®. “We want to give back to the community. Nothing is more worthy than child causes. We are promoting fun and health.”

There will be a silent auction with items from local retailers and attractions at the race. There will be large prizes from SeePigeonForge.com that will include lodging and ticket packages from Fee/Hedrick Shows including tickets to The Comedy Barn® show. There will also be door prizes, and there will be refreshments after the race. This Event is Part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com. Winners in each age division will receive medals and tickets to The Comedy Barn®.

The Comedy Barn®, is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals.

For more information call 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site at http://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchicken. The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry Variety Show;” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

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