For families looking for a unique event that combines family fun, great kids activities, festive fall decorations, food and “horse races,” make plans now to be part of the 11th annual Whoadeo at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge.
Along with partners Food City and Pepsi, the Whoadeo on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 is open to children ages three to 12, activities include stick horse competitions, a children’s reading area from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, a parade of horses, costume contests in the Dixie Stampede arena and a free outdoor carnival from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will participate in three age groups: ages 3-5; 6-9 and 10-12. Every Whoadeo participant (ages three to 12) receives a free Dixie Stampede admission ticket to the 3:30 p.m. dinner show on October 7.
Children may register for the Whoadeo beginning at 8 a.m. at Dixie Stampede located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The Parade of Horses and stick horse races begin at 9:45 a.m. in the facility’s arena. The only requirement to compete in the Whoadeo is a stick horse, which can be purchased or homemade. Participants will compete in a series of Whoadeo competitions, including a “parade of stick horses” and “stick horse barrel races,” both of which will take place in the Dixie Stampede arena. Contestants will compete for first, second and third place trophies in each competition in each of three age brackets—ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12—culminating in a Whoadeo grand prize trophy winner.
“This is Food City’s 11th year to join Dixie Stampede for our family-friendly Whoadeo event,” said Steven C. Smith, president and CEO of Food City. “From returning competitors to first-time participants, this event celebrates creativity in an atmosphere that’s fun for everyone.”
All children must be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian. Families are invited to attend the Whoadeo carnival from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Dixie Stampede parking lot. Food City will provide complimentary snacks for participating children, and Pepsi will provide soft drinks. Each Whoadeo participant also will receive a Kid’s Club backpack from Food City (while supplies last) and a one-day child’s ticket to Dollywood.
Call 1-800-356-1676 for more information.
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