WED & THURS-Shine Run


Shine Run(Wed & Thu) – A self-guided “poker run” format with 2-days to visit up to 6 iconic stops where a playing card is drawn at each on the way to building the best 5-card poker hand. Two of the stops provide an extra bonus card rewarding those that make the longer haul to those particular stops.  The 6 stops and extra bonus cards allow participants several options to create their 5-card poker hand.  However, if all 6 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*

Shine Run Stops and Card Draw

  • 1 card – Registration and Goodie Bag pick-up
  • 1 card – Kick-off Party @ Hard Rock
  • 1 card – Thunder Road Distillery(Sevierville TN)
  • 1 card – Floyd Garrets Muscle Car Museum(Sevierville, TN)
  • 1 card- TBA
  • 1 card- TBA
  • 2 cards – The Tail of the Dragon(US129 Deal’s Gap, NC)
  • 2 cards- TBA

Cards must be turned in on Thursday night at the Shine Run Party.


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. For instance, at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum the gift shop counter to draw your card is just a few feet away from the entrance to the country’s largest collection of muscle cars and memorabilia that is open to the public! We’re talking almost 100 cars worth over $8 million dollars! Admission is $11 for adults and $5 for children 8-12(under 8 is free). Why would you not take 30-40mins to walk this line-up? The PITS Staff did and we promise it will not disappoint!

The Kick-off Party 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. Besides the two stops outside of town(Tennessee XXX Moonshine and the Tail of the Dragon/Killboy Store), the other four stops are in town between Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. 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 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!