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Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede – 30 Years Of Horsing Around And Counting

Dollywood theme park isn’t the only popular Smoky Mountain vacation destination that bears the name of hometown girl Dolly Parton. Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, also located in Pigeon Forge, has been drawing big crowds through its doors for 30 years now, and with a winning combination of family-friendly entertainment and belly-stuffing Southern cooking, this is one live show that’s likely to be around for decades to come.

Ring of Fire at Dixie Stampede

So on the off chance that you’ve never been to Dixie Stampede or even heard of it, we’ll give you a quick overview of what’s in store. In a nutshell, it’s a live dinner show that displays the talents of 32 magnificent horses and their trained riders. And even before the show starts, guests get to enjoy snacks and beverages in the arena’s Dixie Belle Saloon while listening to the toe-tapping sounds of a live bluegrass and country band.

Once audiences file into the 35,000-square-foot arena, however, it’s game on as guests are seated on either the North or South side, regardless of where each party may actually come from. It’s all a set-up for a friendly Civil War-style rivalry that’s played out through a series of performer and audience competitions, many of which showcase feats of skilled horsemanship. For example, you’ll see riders take horses through a barrel course and a ring of fire, and at one point, horse-drawn buckboards race each other in fast-and-furious figure eights.

But that’s all just the tip of the iceberg for this multimillion-dollar show, which also features special effects, impressive musical productions, audience participation, comedy and other animal acts, like stampeding buffalo, racing pigs and flying doves of peace. The show wraps up with a patriotic finale that unites both North and South in a true-blue patriotic salute to America.

Of course, Dixie Stampede is just as well known for its food as it is for its show. Every guest is served a four-course family feast, delivered in short order by servers (aka cast members) decked out in blue and gray Civil War uniforms. The meal starts not long after you’re seated, and service continues well after the show itself has started.

Singer on horse at Dixie Stampede

The meal features a tender whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbecue pork loin, Dixie Stampede’s famous creamy vegetable soup (folks are always begging them for the recipe), homemade biscuits, hot buttered corn on the cob, an herb-basted potato, a specialty dessert and an unlimited supply of Pepsi, tea or coffee. These days, they even have menus to accommodate vegetarians and guests who prefer to eat gluten-free.

But be forewarned that there’s no silverware used at Dixie Stampede. That’s right; you have to eat everything by hand, including the soup, which is served in a bowl with a handle. You might get a little messy, but that’s OK; it’s a lot of fun to eat, it’s delicious, and they’ll provide you with plenty of napkins and wet wipes to keep those fingers clean. 

When the show’s over, you’ll realize you had a fantastic time, regardless of which side won the competition. And on your way out, you might want to browse the gift shop, where you’ll find a wide array of souvenirs, including photos of you and your party.


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3121 Wears Valley Rd. Sevierville, TN 37862
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