Finally got in some rest and relaxation on my vacation in Branson, Missouri. While I was there I was able to take in some favorite tourist destinations.  One of those places was the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner Attraction, which I highly recommend. 

You don't have to love the rodeo, be a cowboy or cowgirl or even be country to love this show, it has something for everyone to enjoy no matter what your age. And the food, what can I say, other than it was fantastic! If you enjoy home cooked food, how about cream of mushroom soup, roasted chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob and for dessert, a flaky apple turnover served up with some sweet tea or coffee. From the moment you step into the picturesque old southern mansion setting decorated with array of colorful flowers and a huge flowering butterfly on the lawn, you can tell this place has Dolly's stamp all over it. Once inside you will see a colorful display horse representing Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors."  While waiting to enter the theater visitors can shop the souvenir shop, take a photo you can purchase later, have a drink at the bar or just sit and listen to some good old-fashioned bluegrass music by some very entertaining guys who had the crowd laughing and singing along.

Once the show started I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. The show featured lots of special effects, lighting, fog, even pyrotechnics that kept the show very entertaining. The backdrop was a huge digital screen that sat between some cliffs and trees that swayed that gave a realistic feel of everything that was being portrayed out in the arena. There was comedy skits, magic, dancing and singing with lots of Old West/Indian history that tied the whole show together in one big production. They even had a canine capers show that featured dogs that were adopted from shelters around the country. And what is a show without a patriotic ending, horses, cowboys, cowgirls carrying American flags decked out in lighted western wear with a song being sung by Dolly Parton. I guess you could say the show was perfect, the only thing that would have made it even more perfect, would be if Dolly stepped out onto the floor herself.

Here are a few pictures from Dolly Parton Stampede. You really can't get the feel of this show in the photos like you can being there in person. So, put it on your must see list if you ever travel to Branson.

Photo, Mario Garcia

Check out more about Dolly Parton Stampede HERE.