Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede opens its 19th season with the return of the “World Famous Racing Ostriches”. The popular ostrich races, a guest favorite, vie for “most fun event” as the North and South sides’ battle in friendly competition.
Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction offers two shows in one – a one-of-a-kind Carriage Room pre-show and a full-scale arena spectacular with horses, riders, costumed servers, singing and dancing, trick riding, a fabulous four-course feast and last but not least…racing ostriches!
“I want my guests to have some down home foot stompin’ excitement,” said Dixie Stampede owner, Dolly Parton. “Part of the fun at my Dixie Stampede is giving the audience the unexpected, and these big birds are that. It’s just amazing!”
Ostriches are 6-foot tall, 600-pound flightless birds that race around the arena at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Though they can’t fly, ostriches are fleet, strong runners. They use their wings as "rudders" to help them change direction while running. An ostrich's powerful, long legs can span 10 to 16 feet in a single stride.
During the “World Famous Ostrich Races”, Dixie Stampede performers ride the ostriches around the arena in a battle for first place. Guests will be amazed at the performers’ ability to hang on ride on top of these precarious birds.
About Dixie Stampede: Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is a unique dinner and show experience set in a giant 35,000-square-foot arena featuring 32 magnificent horses, a stampede of buffalo, Rumble In The Treetops lumberjack relay, thrilling horsemanship, pageantry, romance and patriotism, all showcased in a friendly rivalry between North and South and served with a fabulous four-course feast.
Dixie Stampede Dinner Attractions operate in two popular vacation destinations: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. They also operate Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Show Times: 5:30 PM & 8:00 PM 12:30 & 3:00 PM Matinees on select dates
Main arena show times shown above. Please arrive an hour before to enjoy the beautiful horsewalk and Carriage Room pre-show.
In November and December, the Dixie Stampede transforms into a holiday celebration including a live Nativity, with three kings atop camels, holiday music, a visit from Santa and a four-course yuletide feast.