For 19 years my extended family has been coming to Dixie Stampede. This weekend was our anual visit. DS has been open in Pigeon Forge, TN for 23 years and I’ve been able to go to make it for the show almost every year. There were a few years that I miss due to being out to sea.
Most years the show is the same. The Master of Ceremony comes out on a horse and sings the same songs and says the same things. The bulk of the show is made up of a contest between the North and the South seating areas in which cast members ride horses and compete against each other representing their perspective sides.
This year they added a lumber jack competition. Two lumber jack teams competed in a relay style race. They started out with a climbing race, followed by two men sawing a log and finally they chopped wood. Then the two teams competed in a log roll competition. This was the highlight of the show and was a much welcomed change and addition to our anual event.
Just when you think the show is going to be the exact same thing as it was last year they throw something new in there. All in all I really enjoy our yearly vacation to the Smokies and I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful area.
As a side note, if you are in the military and want to visit the smokies then pull out that ID card and use it to get some amazing military discounts. Most places will give anywhere from 25 to 50% off ticket prices.