Dixie Stampede Pigeon ForgeDolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede opened this past weekend after a $2.5 million dollar renovation. In addition to new lighting, music and special effects, there is whole new scenic backdrop for the show including a wall of 12.5 million LED lights. A new aerial act has been added the show. “This has been the largest project we’ve undertaken since opening here in Pigeon Forge in 1988. Our team has been hard at work over the past few years, planning these enhancements and making sure we get everything just right,” said Jim Rule, president of Dixie Stampede. “After watching this weekend’s shows and seeing our audiences’ reactions, we’re extremely pleased with the results.” Dixie Stampede features friendly competition between the North and South with a heavy emphasis on equestrian elements. While watching the show, you eat a four course meal including a whole rotisserie chicken. Oh, and there are no eating utensils.