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Growing up on a farm in East Tennessee, Dolly and her brothers and sisters were surrounded by animals, but they never had a pony all their own. Dolly said,
“We used to dream about having a pony and how wonderful he would be and the freedom he would give us to hop on his back anytime we felt like it and traipse across the hills and hollers.”
Inspired by her memories of growing up on the farm and dreaming of a pony, Dolly and her creative team got to work. They set out to develop an equestrian-themed entertainment experience sure to wow crowds of all ages. The result was Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, a lively, Wild West dinner show that incorporated rodeo events, trick riding and audience participation.
Debuting June 18, 1988 in Pigeon Forge, TN, Dolly Parton’s Stampede was an instant hit! Guests cheered for their favorite side in a friendly competition between the North and the South. The show mixed mystery with legends and starred 32 magnificent horses, all as beautiful as the pony Dolly dreamed of all those years ago. Crowds whooped, hollered and feasted on a hearty meal inspired by good old-fashioned country cooking and hospitality.
Families fell in love with Dolly Parton’s Stampede and continue to make it an annual tradition, returning year after year introducing new generations to Dolly’s childhood dream, now lived out on the arena stage in Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson, MO.