Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN - Smoky Mountain Recreation & Entertainment

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Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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Dixie Stampede

The Dixie StampedeDolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge, TN in the Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge is a must visit if you're looking for a rip roaring good time right in the heart of the Smokies! Located just off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, the Dixie Stampede is a one-of-a-kind type of attraction and is only minutes away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

So, what exactly is the Dixie Stampede you ask? It's a spectacular dinner and show combination that showcases a fast paced rodeo-style show, music and a delicious four-course dinner. The show begins with a fast picking bluegrass band performing a finger burning tune in an old west style saloon. Next, the audience is transported to a 35,000 square foot arena equipped with dining tables. It is there that you're served a full four-course meal while being entertained by the rodeo-themed production.

The Dixie Stampede's 32 champion horses; whose riders perform trick riding, jumping, a liberty act, roman riding, chuck wagon maneuvers, buckboard racing and more, are the dinner spectacular. Skits featuring games, songs, and sidesplitting comedy are on tap while the riders rest up for their next act. And don't think that you might not be part of the show, volunteers are picked from the audience for such things as pig and ostrich races.

For out-of-towners, besides miniature golf, the Dixie Stampede's games are a must see. One of them happens to be a race pitting small children chosen from the audience against some unsuspecting poultry. It's a real hoot for those in attendance to see these kids chase a flock of chickens around the arena. The winners of the race are awarded medals - those whose chickens cross the finish line first. The rest of the participants receive identical medals. It's the belief of the owners of the Dixie Stampede that everyone is a winner and no ones should go away short handed. Another favorite at the Stampede is a competition that involves audience members who are under the impression that they are about to barrel race champion horses but instead must settle for a race between stick horses.

The majority of the games at the Dixie Stampede actually involve the entire audience. By dividing the audience into two teams, they can more accurately depict the Confederate army and the Yankee army as they were in the Civil War. It's a battle royale to see whether the North is still the best, or whether the South has finally made up ground, but all in good fun. A Smoky Mountain flair accompanies each game, combined with plenty of glitzy Dolly-like showmanship. The finale is a salute to America and makes everyone in attendance proud to call America home.

The Dixie Stampede has a set menu, but one featuring a number of delicious dishes for every pallet. The meal is just as worthy as the grand show it accompanies and the Smoky Mountain culture it reflects. The meal consists of a whole rotisserie chicken, a hickory smoked pork chop, hot-buttered corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, creamy vegetable soup, a homemade biscuit, a flaky apple pie and an assortment of beverages. The Dixie Stampede's food is considered finger food, so silverware is not part of the Smoky Mountain fun at Dixie Stampede.

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