So while we were in the Smoky Mountains (thanks Lazy Dad for correcting my earlier misspellings of it) we took the kids to the Dixie Stampede.
Raise your hand if you've been to it.
Isn't it just too much fun?
We hoop'd and hollar'd and ate and ate and ate. Let's just say I'm glad to be home and back on my Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan! Momma done ate and needs to reverse the damage!
But seriously, how can you NOT eat and eat and eat there? They give you SO much food. And I don't know about you, but the Dixie Stampede's chicken is literally the best chicken I have EVER had EVER. This makes my third time going to the Dixie Stampede (but my kids' first) and every time we go I ask them if they'll give me the recipe for the chicken. And one of these days I'm gonna get it, by golly!
Anyway, my daughter loves horses. So we made sure to walk by the stables on our way in to the building.
After I took this picture the horse in the stall realized what was going on and came over and literally posed for me as I took another picture.
I'm serious y'all! The horse stood there posed for me till I took a picture of him (or her... we didn't get that close). I kept saying to Lazy Dad, who was walking away from me, "I think this horse is posing for me. Hey! Look! This horse is posing for me to take a picture!" But he just kept walking away from me. *Men!*
And I don't doubt the horse was posing. They are show horses after all!
Before we walked in my girl took a picture with a pretty Southern Belle. I couldn't get the boys to go near her.
Once inside we walked through the "saloon" and hunted down a place to watch the pre-show. I say "saloon" because this is a family-friendly place and they don't serve alcohol, in case you are wondering.
We decided to sit up in the balcony and Lazy Dad got us some popcorn and peanuts to munch on as we waited for the pre-show to start.
My daughter was cute, she said, "Mom! I think I know why they call it a RE-show. Because they RE-show something they've already done!"
I said, "It's not a RE-show baby, it's a PRE-show, but good thinking!"
The pre-show was very entertaining. The talent of these performers was mind blowing. Especially the three-time banjo champion on the right. Wowie!
After the pre-show we were seated for the main show. You aren't allowed to take pictures in there, but I did snap these two pictures with my cell phone before the show began.
Oh, and did I mention you eat your food with your hands? So be sure and wash 'em!
The show is fun, the food is fantastic (and just keeps coming), the service is friendly and impeccable... I highly recommend the Dixie Stampede. And, I should mention, it's the Dixie Stampede's 25th Anniversary this year and you can find them in three locations... Pigeon Forge, Branson and Myrtle Beach.
The only down side is that it is very pricey just like any attraction is. But if you save up for it and are near one of their shows, you should totally go!
After the show you can walk back by the stables and meet some of the performers. Here's my kids with the show's Master of Ceremonies. He even signed their cups.
Have you been to the Dixie Stampede?
Disclosure: The Dixie Stampede gave us a reduced rate for the price of the tickets, but nothing else was received and all opinions expressed are my own.
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