No trip to Branson is complete without a stop at the Dixie Stampede, where you can enjoy a four course meal while cheering for either the North or the South as they compete to win the most flags and title of the champion of the show.
When you first arrive you are greeted by the warmest of Southern welcomes. Then it is off to the Carriage Room for the opening act. When the time has come for the show to begin you are ushered into the stadium where dinner awaits and the show is just minutes away.
From the minute the show begins you can feel the excitement of the audience build. Watching the horses as they enter the arena is breath taking and the riders seem at ease with both the animal and the stunts that they preform throughout the event. The competition gets heated early when you learn that you are on either the North or South and must start cheering your side on as the show goes on.
As soon as the show starts so does the meal. The first course is a creamy vegetable soup with a biscuit and your choice of Pepsi or tea to drink. It is followed by a whole chicken, pork tenderloin, potato and corn on the cob, dessert is an apple turnover.
The show involves, actors, animals, lights, and even the audience. In our case our daughter was picked to be a "chicken chaser" the goal was simple chase the chicken across the arena and win a prize. In her case a medal and a copy of The Engine Who Could, from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Dixie Stampede is without a doubt a family event. It is one that your kids will not forget and will be talking about for years to come.
A few tips for your visit:
- Arrive at least an hour before the show, you will find a pre-show event in the lounge before your seating becomes available.
- There are no photos allowed at any time, so sit back and enjoy the show.
- Tickets sell out fast, this is a show you will want to purchase in advance.
- If your children are picky eaters, you may want to feed them in advance. Our daughter did not eat while at the show.
- Vegetarian meals are available upon request, just make a note of it when you make your reservation.
- Take time to walk around the gift shop, you will be able to pick up a few of the mixes used in your dinner, such as the soup and biscuit.
- The stables open at 10am and the true stars of the show are happy to have you stop by and pay them a visit.
Thank you to Dixie Stampede for inviting us to see the show, opinions are honest. Personal Photos used in this post below to My Springfield Mommy and my not be used without written permission from My Springfield Mommy.
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