​The 1st sold-out Event was held in 2008 at the Brookside Resort, meeting the goal of 50 attendees & 6 nail companies, with nail icon Vicki Peters as the guest speaker. ​

​After outgrowing 2 venues within 4 years’ time, "The Event" made the leap in 2012 into the Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC, nails-only trade show. Learning as we went, each year we cash-flowed expenses by rolling over profits saved from the prior year. 

 Thanks to the great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike, “The Event” grows larger, surpassing 500 attendees & 50 nail companies in 2016.

Jill Wright Facebook photo album 1st Event
Jill Wright nail tech

Over a decade of experience in nail classes!

About Us:

The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies began as an idea in 2007 by Kentucky nail tech Jill Wright to bring affordable & accessible nail education to our overlooked area of the South.

The resort town of Gatlinburg, TN was chosen because it's within a days drive for over 50%of the population East of the Mississippi & sees 9 million visitors a year to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is still FREE to experience.

Jill Wright Facebook photo album 2015 Event Team
Gatlinburg Convention Center

"The Event Team" changes yearly & is comprised of FRIENDS & FAMILY volunteering their time to help run this grassroots show on a shoestring budget while operating with NO DEBT. 

We are proof that anything's possible when the nail industry pulls together for the benefit of us all & we welcome you to join us as we create nail tech pride ...... one tech at a time!​




 NAILS magazine (August 8th, 2017 )  

“Nail Techs Gather in Gatlinburg for Smokies Event”

 NAILS magazine (August 15, 2016)  

"Event Raises $500 for Charity Aiding Survivors of Prostitution & Human Trafficking"

 NAILS magazine (July 11th, 2016)  

Nail art at the Smokies

 NAILS magazine (July 12th. 2016​)

Photo Gallery of 2016 show

 Business Insider  (Dec. 2015)

"21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination!"


 NAILS magazine (Nov. 4th, 2015)

"Show Goers Have a Smokin' Good Time"


 NAILS magazine (Jan. 5th, 2014)

"Smokies Event Was a Smashing Success"


 Nailpro magazine (Nov. 5, 2013) 

"6th Annual Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Video" 

 NAILS magazine (Sept. 21, 2012)

"Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Continues to Grow"