Press Release : World Largest Private Dolly Parton Collection

For Immediate Release
Worlds Largest Private Dolly Parton collection on display for first time ever!

Nashville, Tennessee— June 6-9 2013 — CMA Music Fest will host the first ever public exhibition of World’s Largest Private Collection of Dolly Parton memorabilia.

Patric Parkey and Harrell Gabehart have been collecting Dolly Parton memorabilia for decades. What started out as a small collection has turned into a massive collection and according to the television network, TLC they claim it to be an obsession as this pair and their collection made the premier episode of “My Collection Obsession” in 2010 with a special visit from Ms. Dolly Parton herself to check out this collection. The couple has also been subject of a documentary, “For the Love of Dolly” that follows the lives and love for Dolly Parton of four separate fans and how their lives converge every year at Dollywood.
On display during CMA Music Fest will be more than 45 stage outfits spanning Dolly’s entire career from her early pre-rhinestone days on the Porter Wagoner show to her flashier jumpsuit days in the 1970’s on her own DOLLY show. On display will also include gowns that cost Dolly over $20,000 each designed by Tony Chase which she wore on her 1987-88 ABC Television series also called Dolly. Their collection doesn’t stop in the 80’s it continues straight on thru the decades including outfits worn during opening weekends at Dollywood, a Halloween costume of Dolly’s, and a recently worn pair of Dolly’s famous High Heels wore during her Backwoods Barbie photo shoot.
In addition to stage outfits, you will find some of Dolly’s famous locks; after all, a Dolly collection wouldn’t be complete without some of Dolly’s very own wigs. Here 1978 Ballys Pinball machine and also on display will be Dolly’s Apple Jack touring Banjo that has traveled the globe and pleased millions of fans. And to top it off on display will be Dolly’s cast iron bedroom suite that she spent many of nights in from her very own apartment at Dollywood.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see this collection and these outfits. The last time any of these have been seen in public have been on Ms. Dolly herself.
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Patric Parkey

Saturday Guest: Harrel Gabehart TN USA



Why is Dolly special for you? 

Dolly is special for me because she advocates being the person that you are regardless of who it is.  She is one of the reasons that gave me the courage to come out and deal with all the negativity of being gay…

Tell me about the day when you became a fan of Dolly…

I wasn’t a Dolly fan until I met Patric back in 1988.  I thought country music was depressing and sad…..He is the reason that I started listening to Dolly.

Tell me about the days you met Dolly…

I’ve met her any number of times and each time she was personable and made you feel like you were the only one in the room, but the most memorable time was when Ms Dolly showed up at our house.  It was a total surprise and once in a lifetime opportunity.  She was here also for the filming of the TLC documentary called My Obsession Collection.  She was so energetic, upbeat and most of all, she was speechless.  She heard of our collection but she could not even imagine all of the things that we had.  She gave us some history of some of the things that we have, she found things that she didn’t even knew that existed and just walked around in amazement over all the things she saw.  I truly think that she was humbled by all the items that she saw.  She stayed for about 3 hours or so and made us feel really special and to make things even better, she brought us a house warming gift.  She brought us a pair of the Backwoods Barbie shoes that were displayed in her museum and even autographed them and even had a picture made in them.  Nothing could ever top this day…

If you had the possibility to go out with Dolly, what would you do? 

This might sound strange but I would like her to come back to the house and I would cook her dinner and just talk, nothing more, nothing less…

Do you have any more goals to make about your dreams?

One goal is to get my dolls started again.

By: Diana Falheim