The kids had gotten a little antsy by the time we were ready to enter the theater and they weren’t the only ones! There were 1100 people waiting to see the show. It was slow going to get to our seats. Immediately after we found our seats our server, Greg, appeared. He filled our drinks quickly and told us dinner would be served shortly. What a feast it is! The dinner began with creamy vegetable soup and a flaky biscuit, followed by an entire rotisserie chicken, a piece of smoked barbeque pork loin, an ear of corn, a herb basted potato and Dixie’s very own specialty dessert; an apple turnover. I had never been able to eat all of my food whenever we attended the Stampede and was pleased to see they offered doggie bags for leftovers now. I had a huge amount left over and took it back to the hotel where the kids ate it for breakfast the next morning. One hint: Children under three are free if they sit in a parent’s lap and eat from their plate. When my kids were younger I always did this because there was easily enough food for two.
Dixie Stampede is one of those shows that have kept my kids entertained since they were toddlers. Between the feats performed on horseback, which change periodically, to the song and dance numbers to the classic elements they have kept in each show, there is the perfect balance of comedy and entertainment. My kids tell me their favorite act—even after all these years—is the pig racing, but they also enjoy the appearance of the other live animals; buffalo, chickens and ostriches. Audience participation is encouraged to in a friendly “North vs. South” competition. During this visit we sat on the “North” side and cheered for our team and the audience members chosen to participate in some of the activities. The evening ended with Dolly Parton singing a song written especially for the show.
The Dixie Stampede performs regular shows during the months of January through August, but will be gearing up for their Christmas spectacular beginning in November.