This week I had my very first Dixie Stampede experience in Branson and I have to say, it really is the most fun place to eat.
From start to finish, my experience was exceptional. I started the day with a walk through the stables where the horses featured in the show are kept. It was awesome seeing them up close and some of them are a lot bigger than I thought they would be which makes the stunt riders and acts throughout the show even more impressive.
The pre show was absolutely hilarious. I didn’t catch the comedian’s name but he had quite the quick wit and his show, although short, was extremely entertaining. Between jokes and witty humor, he juggled all kinds of various objects like tennis racquets, machetes, aerobies and closed out his performance with an astonishing balancing act involving three golf clubs and a golf ball. I won’t divulge too much, but it’s pretty unbelievable what he can do. He was a fantastic entertainer and kept the whole show clean and family friendly.
From there, I followed the crowd to my seat in the main arena. I was seated pretty much in the dead center but just barely on the south’s side (which was much to my dismay since I’m from Michigan) but nonetheless, I cheered my heart out for my southern pride. For those of you unfamiliar with how the show works, Dixie Stampede revolves around a friendly competition between the south and the north. The side of the arena where you are seated determines which side you cheer for. So yes, sometimes us northerners will be cheering for the south. But it’s all in good fun.
I was seated at a table next to a very nice older couple who were vacationing in Branson and the three of us had a blast hooting and hollering every time the show’s host yelled “STAMPEDE!” Throughout the show, our waiter was a pleasure and served some of the most delicious food I’ve ever had at a dinner show in Branson. He kept passing by with trays of delicious smelling food and piled my plate high with a full roasted chicken, corn on the cob, a cheddar biscuit, creamy vegetable soup, a roasted potato and a slice of smoked pork. Everything was delicious and he even dropped off a sweet pastry for dessert. Needless to say, I was more than stuffed by the end of the night.
The Dixie Stampede show itself was nothing short of incredible, featuring amazing trick riders, cute little pig races, friendly competition involving audience members and wonderfully choreographed musical numbers. With a little bit of everything, guests of any age will enjoy Dixie Stampede and you’ll leave absolutely stuffed and excited to return for a follow up visit of more Dixieland fun.
Dixie Stampede during the Christmas is said to be even more amazing, with colorful sets, incredible costumes and of course, still just as much fun.
Dixie Stampede is at 1525 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson across the street from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.
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