By Angie Roberts Harris
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede came to Branson in 1995, causing quite a buzz in the city. Over twenty years later, visitors are still stampeding the doors!
Dixie Stampede embraces Ozark hospitality and wholesome family entertainment. Fantastic food, rousing music, rugged loggers, beautiful and brave horse riders, and impressive animals combine to create nearly two hours of thrilling adventure!
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The Famous Horse Walk
Arrive early to meet the stars of the show! The thirty-two top performers are beautiful quarter horses, palominos, appaloosas, and paint breeds and each rider has a special and unique relationship with his or her horse. My husband, Bobby, was a rider in the early years and I love his stories!
Bobby had a routine of giving his horse, Dakota, treats at certain times of the day as did the other riders. A horse named Lucky was in the next stall and every time he got a treat, he would brag to Dakota. As you can imagine, this did not make Dakota happy and he would turn his back on Lucky, swish his tail, and stomp his foot. Guests can sense the distinct personality of each horse as they take their time walking along the famous horse walk!
Carriage Room Pre-Show
A brand new pre-show is scheduled to open February 24th for the 2017 season! Look for more information soon.
The four-course suppertime feast at Dixie Stampede consists of a biscuit, creamy vegetable soup, an entire rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked pork loin, corn on the cob, potato wedges, apple turnover, and all the Pepsi products guests can drink from a mason jar. Yummy! Utensils are not used so be sure to ‘wash up’ before suppertime.
Showtime at the Dixie Stampede
The arena is 30k square feet of dustless white sand! The audience and riders are separated into two groups representing the north and south for some friendly competition. Audience members participate in a lively chicken race and horseshoe throwing contest and Skeeter, the hilarious stage hand, keeps guests in stitches!
Dixie Stampede Family Suite
Keep the excitement of this fun event during your entire Branson stay at the Stone Castle Resort & Conference Center in the Dixie Stampede Family Suite! The cheery lodging was designed by the Dixie cast and features a private bedroom with a queen-sized bed, large bathroom with double sinks and spacious jetted tub, plus a living area with a comfortable sofa sleeper for the little broncos. There is plenty of room for a roll away bed for any extra wranglers!
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Experience
Experience scrumptious food, horse races, chicken chases, rivalries, rings of fire, rushing wagons, beautiful southern ladies, rings of fire, screaming crowds, stomping feet, live animals, a stunning patriotic salute and much more! Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is a wonderful start to a grand vacation in Branson, Missouri.
Angie Roberts Harris has been living and working in Branson, MO since 1992. Her career in sales and marketing has given her a special opportunity to work with many businesses and entertainers.