To say Fred Kirby had a lot of friends would be a serious understatement. Like Will Rogers, Fred never met a man (or child) he didn’t like. You could not go anywhere with the man and not feel like you were with royalty. Walk into a restaurant with Fred and you’d be lucky to eat. Before I could be hired to be the Marshal at Tweetsie, the Robbins brothers insisted that I spend a couple of days with Fred and his wife Mary at their home in Indian Trail. They wanted to make sure that Fred was okay with who would be wearing the badge and representing the “good guy”. Those couple days of looking through old photos, listening to records and stories were fantastic. I not only had a chance to see what an amazing spirit Fred had but also see the real man. He was just what you saw on television. He loved all children, horses, music and life. A friend to everyone, I am especially proud to say he was mine. Happy Birthday Fred! Up on the Big Rock Candy Mountain, I’m sure the horses are fast, the children are all playing sweetly and the chorus is on key.
Executive Director Blowing Rock TDA
Tweetsie Marshal and friend of Fred Kirby
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“My family and I just visited Tweetsie twice in June, and I just wanted to tell you how much fun we had. My husband and I visited many times as children, but it was even more wonderful it was to share the experience with our children. Every staff member at Tweetsie was so very nice. They were kind and courteous and treated our 8-year-old daughter like a princess. Tweetsie is a great family theme park and I hope it is around for a long, long time!”
-Guest from Rutherfordton, NC