Dixie Stampede.....from a Child's Perspective this time!

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede!

Some of you may remember my post in September about Dixie Stampede.  If you need to refresh your memory you can go HERE to see it.  That post is from my perspective.  I thought it would be fun to go back to look at Dixie Stampede from a child's perspective now.  So we left for Branson early Wednesday morning (the kids are on fall break) and made it into town just in time to get to the Opening show at Dixie Stampede!

Hi!  My name is MaKenna.  I LOVE HORSES!  So when mom said we were going to Dixie Stampede, I was REALLY excited!  I knew there were horses there because of the pictures she showed me from her last trip!  We used to have horses, but we had to sell them, everything in my room is HORSES though!

When we first got there, we looked at all of the horses in the barn area.  It said that they might bite....but one, Les, that is my Papa's name....he stuck his head over the fence and pretty much asked me to pet him.  So I did, and he didn't bite me.  He was a very gentle horse!  I think seeing the horses was my personal highlight.  Now, if only I could have gotten a chance to ride them!  Maybe I can be in the show someday!

We went in and the people there were super nice.  Mom's friend even let us have boot cups that had special drinks in them!  That was exciting because when we go out, mom only lets us have water!

We got there just in time to see the opening act.  He was funny. I wasn't sure at first, but he did some really cook tricks with balancing and juggling.  Don't sit behind a post though.  I had to watch a lot of it on the TV screens.  Good thing they had those!  

I was a little concerned.  I kept asking mom, "Where are the horses."  She would giggle and say they wouldn't be on that small stage.  My brother even asked where the food was!  When it was over we moved into the actual coliseum.  My other brother was confused he said, "It's over already?"  Mom tricked us all!

My brothers were so happy to get to sit down and see that the stage was a LOT bigger and there was food coming!  They are silly! I started to not feel so good...but I was determined to hang on and see the horses!  Here is Cam and Jake.
This is my and my little brother Major.  He is naughty.
Isn't the "stage" area pretty?
Mom wants me to mention the cool way that the waiters and waitresses remember what you are drinking.  See the ticket right there?  It is in the shape of a "W"....because mom drank water!  My dad had Sweet Tea.  His was turned up right.  My brothers and I got to have pop again!  Our tickets were turned upside down!  Pretty cool way to remember!
Then the show started.  Here comes the army.
Mom said that this guy was also at the show she went to back in September.  She thinks he is a cutie!  I think he is TOO OLD!!!
This was SOOO cool!  Look at that guy!!
Watching the buffalo was really cool.  My brothers thought it was pretty awesome.  My little brother kept asking mom if they were real.  DUH!
I want her job some day!  She is dressed like a bird, and I also LOVE birds!  I used to have two of them, but they died.  Anyway, she got to fly around the Coliseum.  It was so cool....and super pretty because mom said that there were black lights on so that she would glow in the dark or something like that.
There was a lot of singing and dancing.  Mom said it was a musical.  I liked it a lot, but I mostly just watched the horses.  

The show started from Indian Days and then continued on through the Civil War days.

All during the show, the waiter kept coming by and filling our drinks and bringing us food.  The first thing we had was biscuits...I am allergic to egg though so I didn't eat it...but my family said, 'YUM!'  Then there was soup.  YUCK! I don't like soup.  Mom ate mine for me!  Then there was a WHOLE CHICKEN!  I am sure it was tasty, but I really wasn't feeling well.  I guess I had Strep Throat. But I hadn't gone to the doctor yet.
Here is our super nice waiter passing out more food!  We also had some slab of something...I think it was pork...then corn on the cob and half of a baked potato!  It was HUGE!  Mom said she was stuffed after eating my soup and my brothers soup too!  My dad and other brothers ate A LOT...but we still had 5 to go bags!  Throughout the week we would eat from those to go bags in the hotel!  There was lots of food!  My little brother refused to eat anything though because there were no forks.  I thought it was weird too...but I didn't eat, so it didn't matter.  My little brother loves Chicken though, so I don't know why he didn't eat, other than not wanting to eat without a fork.  I thin kit is weird because he is always so messy and now all of a sudden he wants a fork!?
There were even lumberjacks!  See...each side of the Coliseum is competing.  There was the North Side and the South Side.  I think we were the North.  So we would have competitions to see who would win.  I think we ended up winning by the time the night was over...but I think the North won the Civil War anyway...right?  That's what mom said.
It was a really fun time.  At the end someone named Dolly Parton came on the screen to thank us for coming.  She was really pretty.  Mom said she is a singer or something like that.
When we left we got to go through the stables again.  Here is "Les".  I sure did like him.

Mom said, I have to say, "In Conclusion", it was a really fun show!  It was super pretty and exciting, and the food smelled good.  I was excited to be there.  We don't do much together like that, so it was fun!  I am very thankful to my mom and whoever she works for and the people at Dixie Stampede that let us come and write about it!  I think it is a fun place for the whole family.  Even my little brother Major who is 5, stopped being naughty for awhile!

So that was MaKenna's experience!  She really did enjoy it.  I felt so bad for her that she didn't feel well though.  But even though she didn't feel well, I think she had a wonderful experience.  

Be sure to go when you are in Branson, or Pigeon Forge where there is another one.  It is worth the time and money!
Adults $51
Children $26

I'd like to thank John Richardson and Dixie Stampede for a FABULOUS night in their establishment once again!

I also want to take a moment to tell you a little bit about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  It is a very special program that she has.  Please take the time to read about it.  Read on:

Our Vision:

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Making A Difference:

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to nearly 40,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

Moving Forward:

There is simply no limit on how far we can take this program and to what ends of the earth, but it is an absolute impossibility without your help. If your community or a community that you are aware of doesn't yet offer this proven early childhood literacy program, then we challenge you to Get Involved! It's actually quite easy to bring the Imagination Library to life in your community and we have an onslaught of available resources to help you Start A Program including a personal trainer which we like to call "Regional Director"! So come on, you can do it, follow this link to get a simple checklist of what you need to do to Get Onboard Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.


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