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Citing changing attitudes, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede drops 'Dixie' from its name

Dixie Stampede from the website Dixie Stampede from the website
Ellis Copeland | 12 January, 2018, 17:20

"We are changing show content again this year and have some new additions", Owens says.

Parton announced the show is dropping the "Dixie" from its name and will now go by "Dolly Parton's Stampede".

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

World Choice officials said the decision was made as part of expansion plans for several dinner shows as well as an effort "to stay relevant in today's changing world".

Music legend and celebrity Dolly Parton has altered the name of her popular tourist attraction near her hometown in Tennessee.

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World Choice Investments operates Stampede along with other dinner show attractions in Pigeon Forge; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to the press release. Branson's "Stampede" reopens February 23rd.

World Choice spokesman Pete Owens said Parton is referring to shifting attitudes about the word "Dixie" and its connotations.

"Our shows now are identified by where they are located", Parton said in the news release. In the article, writer Aisha Harris called the show "the Lost Cause of the Confederacy meets Cirque du Soleil". She characterized Stampede as "a lily-white kitsch extravaganza that play-acts the Civil War but never once mentions slavery", calling the show "five straight hours of proud Southern denialism". "What's next? Are we going to change the name of Dixie cups and the Dixie sugar company?"

"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.

"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". The shows will resume late in January through early spring, depending on the location.

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