WED & THURS-Shine Run

Shine Run(Wed & Thu) – A self-guided “poker run” format with 2-days to visit up to 7 iconic stops where a playing card is drawn at each on the way to building the best 5-card poker hand. One of the stops provide an extra bonus card rewarding those that make the longer haul to those particular stops.  The 7 stops and extra bonus card allow participants several options to create their 5-card poker hand.  However, if all 7 stops are visited, a total of 8 cards provide participants the highest odds at creating the best 5-card poker hand.  Best hand wins the grand prize with runner-up prizes going back as far as we have awards for.

*Completing the Shine Run gets participants 10 bonus points towards the Car Show on Friday! MUST display the Shine Run Decal given at the completion of the run*

Ponies In The Smokies presented by National Parts Depot was founded on the idea of getting these Ponies out and driving them! While there will be some of the nicest show cars in the country on display on Friday and Saturday, we love and always will that guy that takes his Mustang out and enjoys the heck out of it! The Shine Run allows you to do just that! A modified poker run of sorts, the Shine Run takes you all over the area why collecting your poker hand in hopes at winning one of the top prizes which include all kinds of cool stuff from all our vendors as well as the top prize, a set of wheels donated by Modify My Stang.

Below are the 2018 Ponies In The Smokies Shine Run Stops


  • Registration @ The Sevierville Convention Center- 1 card
  • Bush’s Baked Beans Visitor Center- 1 card
  • Thunder Road Distillery- 1 card
  • Sevierville Distilling Company-1 card
  • Man Cave-1 card
  • Ponies In The Smokies Kick Off Party Presented by Croftgate @ Hard Rock Cafe- 1 card
  • Tail Of The Dragon Store- 2 cards

Your final hand will consist of your five best cards.

Shine Run cards must be turned in Thursday night at Quaker Steak & Lube to be accepted! 


Wednesday: 3-29-2017

Day 1 “kicks-off” of Ponies in the Smokies and we welcome our early bird arrivals with registration open at the Sevierville Convention Center from 9am to 3pm located at the front main entrance “Rotunda”. If you’ve pre-registered for either the Shine Run and/or Car Show we will check you in and hand you your PITS goodie bag. Folks can also register on site in minutes and grab a goodie bag as well!

The Shine Run stops will be open from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday. Upon arrival at each stop, let one of the employees know you are with the PITS Shine Run. They will then present you with a deck of playing cards from which you will make a blind draw. The employee will document the card you drew on your official Shine Run scorecard and that’s it. However, we highly encourage you to take in all that each stop has to offer!

The Kick-off Party presented by Croftgate USA will be at The Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge from 5-9pm. We will have reserved and monitored parking for PITS participants while you enjoy dinner inside the Hard Rock. Hot Rods & Happy Hour will providing parking lot tunes while enjoying the laid back cruise-in atmosphere. Also on site are the Smoky Mountain Opry, the Wonders of Flight, WonderWorks of Pigeon Forge and the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show!

Thursday: 3-30-2017

Day 2 is another day to complete your Shine Run stops. Keep in mind there are 6 stops total and a max of 8 cards drawn if every stop is visited. This means you have an opportunity to discard which will improve your odds of achieving the best hand possible. The Shine Run stops will again be open from 9am to 5pm on Thursday. So between the two days that’s 16 hours to complete the Shine Run.  The idea is to make the Shine Run a leisure activity to complete. Take your time, enjoy each stop and also enjoy all of the area attractions. There’s Dollywood theme park, The Island of Pigeon Forge, and nearby Gatlinburg. For the more adventurous types, there’s the Outdoor Gravity Park, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving or several area Zip Lines to conquer!

The Clear Shine Run Party is located “under the bridge” at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Sevierville, TN between 5-9pm. Hot Rods & Happy Hour will again be providing the background music and QS&L will have a tent set up for refreshments nearby. Or course just a short walk up the steps takes you into the restaurant for dinner amongst unique car and motorcycle décor, an arcade and a gift shop!