If you're heading to Gatlinburg, Tennessee this fall, you'll find over 4,000 new residents. The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Display of Scarecrows and, according to the initial count, they've done it.
On Monday (Oct. 14), counters from the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau tallied 4,325 total life-size scarecrows, which would break the previous record of 3,812 scarecrows held by the National Forest Adventure Farm in the United Kingdom. However, before it's made official, the city will have to wait for Guinness to confirm the count.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, in order to break the record for the World's Largest Display of Scarecrows, all of the scarecrows must have human facial features and must be located in the walkable area of downtown Gatlinburg.
"There's all kinds of official rules, and we have followed these to the T, so we are excited, but it is a Guinness record, and they hold their rules and they hold their standards at the highest level, so we are excited to see where we come in with this," Chad Netherland, director of marketing and public relations for the Gatlinburg Conventional and Visitors Bureau told the Knoxville News Sentinel.
This news report from Knoxville's WBIR, shows the impressive rows of scarecrows around Gatlinburg.
Community members and local businesses, including Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, got involved with the attempt to break the record two weeks ago.
In addition to viewing the largest scarecrow display, there's plenty of fall activities to keep you busy in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales, featuring costumed storytellers, musical acts and cloggers, runs until Oct. 24.
OktOBERfest, which celebrates German culture at Ober Gatlinburg -- an aerial tramway, which travels 11,000 feet above the city runs through Nov. 23.
Appalachian Ghost Walks, a tour of "haunted historic Gatlinburg," take place nightaly.
For more activities in and around Gatlinburg, visit the city's official Gatlinburg.com.