Dolly Parton drops 'Dixie' from Dixie Stampede dinner attraction

Dolly Parton drops 'Dixie' from Dixie Stampede dinner attraction

KnoxNews.com reports that Slate writer Aisha Harris criticized the Dixie Stampede show in a brutal review in August 2017.

If you visit Pigeon Forge anytime soon, you might notice some big changes. Perhaps most notably, certainly in the Palmetto State, the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State House.

In a statement, Parton said the name change will remove any confusion or concerns as the show expands across the world.

"Where the word Dixie came from is kind of a mystery", Knoxville historian Jack Neely said.

Stampede has a SC location, with its operation in Myrtle Beach.

The name change, already made on Stampede's website and social media pages, will go into effect with the new season set to start at the end of January.

Parton added that the change is needed to identify with the location of the shows.

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In a press release from the show's owner World Choice Investments the removal of the word dixie comes after executives say "we recognize that attitudes change and we feel by streamlining the names of our shows..." She said the show never once mentioned slavery. "Instead, it romanticizes the old South, with generous portions of both corn on the cob and Southern belles festooned in Christmas lights".

Parton, 71, said the change was necessary to expand the shows to a wider audience and take into account cultural changes over the years. "What's next? Are we going to change the name of Dixie cups and the Dixie sugar company?"

The release indicated that World Choice Investments has plans to put dinner attractions "into new communities around the globe in 2018" and that "the production team is hard at work updating the existing shows for 2018".

In honor of her new album of children's music, country superstar Dolly Parton sang songs with patients at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital and donated $1 million to the Nashville, Tennessee hospital. "Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede".

"It caused us some issues because it created a mis-characterization as to what our show is about", Owens said.

Strong reactions met the news of Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner show dropping "Dixie" from its name.

"Some of our guest comments and comments of developers, in markets around the country with whom we spoke, show a misconception of what our show is".

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