Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede held a media preview to show off its new set and some of its new show. Those of us who attended were treated to a free lunch that included a tasty rotisserie chicken and their famous creamy soup.
My favorite parts of the show were the ring of fire, the herd of bison, and the patriotic finale. Roman rider Dusti Crain stood on the backs of two horses as she led them around flaming torches and through the fire ring.
After the show, riders and horses took positions around the arena. They posed for photos. I took advantage of the opportunity to pat a few of the horses on their heads and to scratch their ears. One of the riders told me that ringmaster Jay Teter’s horse is a descendent of Silver from The Lone Ranger TV series.
I recognized Jay from his winning performance in Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars in 2012. He introduced me to Dusti Crain and Ashley Cutshaw before the show. Naturally, we took pictures and tweeted about it.