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Dolly Parton ditches 'Dixie Stampede' as popular show renamed

Dolly Parton ditches 'Dixie Stampede' as popular show renamed Dolly Parton ditches 'Dixie Stampede' as popular show renamed
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 17:22

Dolly Parton's Pigeon Forge dinner attraction, Dixie Stampede, has a new name. But parent company World Choice Investments says it's time to "streamline" the names of the show.

According to a press release from World Choice Investments, which operates several dinner show attractions for Dolly Parton, the word Dixie will be dropped.

The name change has also been updated on the dinner show's website and Twitter page.

"Dolly Parton is an American icon", Cohen said.

World Choice Investments LLC now operates the Stampede dinner show for Parton in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo.

In August, a piece about Parton's Stampede show in Pigeon Forge and Branson appeared on Slate. Instead of Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, it is now just Dolly Parton's Stampede.

"Our shows now are identified by where they are located", the release explains.

Filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course feast complete with a delicious dessert! In an article titled 'Springtime for the Confederacy, ' she called it "a lily-white kitsch extravaganza that play-acts the Civil War but never once mentions slavery". Instead, it romanticizes the South. Harris compared it to Springtime for Hitler, the musical featured in The Producers.

"Well, like everybody else, I love Dolly, and I love all that she's done for our community, which is her community, and I'm disappointed that they're yielding to political correctness", Burchett said to "What's next? Are we going to change the name of Dixie cups and the Dixie sugar company?"

Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, added that Dolly Parton's Stampede is a result of guests' feedback.

"We certainly welcome all of our guest opinions and what their input is and we have for 30 years, and part of these changes that we are making are all because we listen to our guests", Owens said.

"We try to create family entertainment that welcomes everyone, and when we create those shows we want to make sure that when your family comes to our show that you feel comfortable, " Owens said.