Dolly Parton's Stampede

13th Annual Fun-Filled “Whoadeo” Kids’ Event At Stampede

Published September 4, 2019 / Last Updated September 4, 2019

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“Whoadeo” is proudly presented by Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Pirates Voyage And Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Shows And Food City Kid’s Club

September 21, 2019 (8:30 AM – 1 PM)

Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN will host the 13th Annual Fun-Filled “Whoadeo” Kids’ Event. “Whoadeo offers the perfect chance for families searching for great kids activities, festive fall decorations, food, mascots and storytelling. Activities include costume contests, mascot characters from a variety of Smoky Mountain attractions, stick horse competitions and a free outdoor carnival from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area attractions as well as law enforcement, fire and rescue partners also are part of this special event, adding to the family atmosphere and offering information in an entertaining way.

Celebrity Storytelling Stage

The popular celebrity storytelling stage returns this year highlighting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Guest storytellers include Knoxville TV personalities, Stampede emcee Jay Teter and his sidekick Skeeter, Pirates Voyage very own Blackbeard and performers from Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, The Comedy Barn Theater and Smoky Mountain Opry.

Costume Contests & Stick Horse Competitions

Everyone is looking forward to the costume contest and stick horse competition. Children will participate in three age groups: ages 3-5; 6-9 and 10-12. Every Whoadeo participant (ages 3-12) receives a free Stampede admission ticket to the 3:30 p.m. dinner show on Sept. 21. Children may register for the Whoadeo on Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 8 a.m. at Dolly Parton’s Stampede located at 3849 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The only requirement to compete in the competition is a stick horse which can be homemade or purchased. Free stick horses also will be provided at the event, while supplies last. Participants will compete in a series of Whoadeo competitions, including a cowboy costume contest, a “parade of stick horses” and “stick horse barrel races.” These contests all will take place inside the Stampede building, offering a rare chance for children to actually participate on the main arena floor. Contestants compete for first, second and third place prizes in each of three age brackets (ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12) for each competition – including bicycles and tablets.

Stick Horse Competition Times

  • Ages 3-5 (10 AM)
  • Ages 6-9 (11 AM)
  • Ages 10-12 (12 PM)

*Registration ends 45 minutes prior to each competition.

“This is Food City’s 13th year to join Dolly Parton’s dinner shows for this family-friendly Whoadeo event,” said Steven C. Smith, President/CEO of Food City.  “From returning competitors to first-time participants, this event celebrates creativity in an atmosphere that’s fun for everyone.”

Free Whoadeo Carnival

All children must be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian. Families are invited to attend the free Whoadeo carnival from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Stampede parking lot. Food City will provide complimentary snacks for participating children and Coca-Cola® will provide free soft drinks. Each Whoadeo participant also will receive a Kid’s Club backpack from Food City (while supplies last), a voucher for one free child’s ticket to The Comedy Barn Theater and a complimentary one-day child’s ticket to Dollywood (valid for children ages 3-9 years old).

For more information on the Whoadeo Kids Event, call 865-453-4400 or visit DPStampede.com/KidsEvent.

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“Whoadeo” At Dixie Stampede – Oct. 1

Published September 12, 2016 / Last Updated October 3, 2016

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Annual Children’s “Whoadeo” at Dixie Stampede set for Oct. 1.

Dixie Stampede in Branson, MO, and Pigeon Forge, TN, are hosting their annual “Whoadeo” on Oct 1. Each location’s fun-filled children’s event features exciting games, activities and Stick Horse competitions.

Dixie Stampede in Branson, MO

In Branson, MO, the fun starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and continues until 1 p.m. It’s your chance to ride in Dixie Stampede’s arena as part of the “Whoadeo” Stick Horse Rodeo plus experience interactive exhibits, games and lots of surprises…All FREE!
Learn more about “Whoadeo” at Dixie Stampede in Branson, MO or call 417-337-9400.

Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN

In Pigeon Forge, TN, activities include stick horse competitions, a parade of horses, and costume contests in the Dixie Stampede arena and a free outdoor carnival from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn more about “Whoadeo” at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN or call 1-800-356-1676.

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“Whoadeo” Benefits Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Published September 25, 2015 / Last Updated September 23, 2016

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Annual “Whoadeo” event at Dixie Stampede supports Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and celebrates the joy of reading

Families are invited to Dixie Stampede in Branson, MO, to a free, fun-filled day of games, face painting, animal exhibitions, giveaways and more. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will come to life at the annual stick horse rodeo and family fun day, Saturday, October 3. This is a free event designed to celebrate the joy of reading among families while children enjoy riding stick horses “rodeo style” in the Dixie Stampede performance arena. Dolly said,

“My Imagination Library ‘Whoadeo’ is a fun event for all ages. There’s nothing better for a child’s mind than reading, so it is my hope that with each book, the child will dream more, learn more, care and be more.”

“Whoadeo” will showcase kids’ events including Barrel Racing, Obstacle Course, and Bucking Horse competition, astride some of the wildest steeds in the stable. They will compete on a stick horse as they race around barrels, jump over obstacles and try their best not to get “bucked” off their horse. It’s Dolly’s true belief that all children are winners, so medals will be awarded to every kid who participates. Dixie Stampede will provide stick horses or children may bring their own.

All proceeds from Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show performance that evening, Saturday, October 3, will be donated to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five. To date, the organization has sent over 71 million free books to children in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Here in Missouri, there are 37 Imagination Library affiliate communities with 14,012 children enrolled in the program.

Visit Dixie Stampede for more information on Whoadeo benefiting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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2015 “Whoadeo” at Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge

Published September 14, 2015 / Last Updated September 16, 2015

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede has once again partnered with Food City stores and Pepsi to present the ninth annual Whoadeo children’s event on Saturday, Sept. 26

Dixie Stampede’s 2015 Whoadeo is a fun filled event for kids and families with games, prizes and a FREE carnival. Whoadeo events include stick horse competitions, a parade of horses, and costume contests in the Dixie Stampede arena for children ages 3-12.

Families are invited to attend the free carnival from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Dixie Stampede parking lot. There will be games, bounce houses, magic tricks and much more.

Bring your favorite stick horse for the Parade of Horses and stick horse races beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the facility’s arena. Your stick horse can be purchased or homemade.

First, second and third place trophies will be presented in each competition for each age group and there will be one Whoadeo Best of Show trophy.

On-site registration for Whoadeo events opens at 8 a.m. Every registered participant (ages 3-12) receives a free Dixie Stampede admission ticket to the 6 p.m. dinner show on Sept. 26 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Each Whoadeo participant also receives a Kid’s Club backpack from Food City (while supplies last) and a one-day child’s admission ticket to Dollywood. Food City also will provide complimentary boxed lunch meals for participants. All children must be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.  

Visit Dixie Stampede for more information on Whoadeo 2015.

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Dixie Stampede Whoadeo 2014

Published September 20, 2014 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb

For the eighth year in a row, Dolly Parton and Dixie Stampede will host Whoadeo 2014, a fun-filled, kid-themed event.

Children and their families are invited to a FREE carnival at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge. There will be games, prizes and food for children ages 3-12. The main event of Whoadeo 2014 is the stick horse races. Children compete in three different age groups—ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. Prizes include tablets, bicycles, tickets to local attractions and much more.

Whoadeo 2014 also features a costume contest, and a “Best of Show” will be awarded to a boy and a girl from each age group. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will also give each registered child a free ticket to the 6:00 p.m. show with the purchase of an adult ticket.

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