Dixie Stampede honors military travel services

Heather McKain, a performer at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson, Mo., presents a bronze "Stampede of the Buffaloes" statuette as a token of appreciation to Gabriele Church, Tinker Information, Tickets and Travel director. The award extends a special "thank you" to the ITT office for the services they provide to active duty and retired military personnel and their families. (Air Force photo by Becky Pillifant)

Heather McKain, a performer at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson, Mo., presents a bronze "Stampede of the Buffaloes" statuette as a token of appreciation to Gabriele Church, Tinker Information, Tickets and Travel director. The award extends a special "thank you" to the ITT office for the services they provide to active duty and retired military personnel and their families. (Air Force photo by Becky Pillifant)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE -- Representatives from Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction in Branson, Mo. were on base July 24 to present a special appreciation award to the Tinker Information, Ticet and Travel staff.
   The staff received the bronze "Stampede of the Buffalos" statuette for travel services provided to active duty and retired military personnel and their families.
   "I wanted to express my appreciation to the military bases for all they do for morale and welfare of service families," said Dolly Parton. "Each Dixie Stampede show salutes our military with a thank you for their service through a special song I wrote to express how proud I feel to be part of this great nation."
   Dixie Stampede honors all branches of military service personnel and their families and concludes each show with a grand patriotic finale featuring Dolly's own song, "Color Me America", written the day after the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. Through entertainment, the venue celebrates all things American.
   The Dixie Stampede is actually two shows in one, a unique Carriage Room comedy and juggling pre-show as well as a full-scale arena spectacular featuring 32 magnificent horses, a "Stampede of Buffalos", racing ostriches, dozens of riders, singers, and dancers.
   For 20 years, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede has created exciting, high-quality, themed entertainment to families in travel destinations across the United States. Each show features a friendly rivalry between the North and the South with exciting feats of horsemanship, audience participation and a fabulous four-course feast. The entertainment company currently operates four dinner theatre attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Branson, Mo. and Orlando, Fla.
   Military personnel, Department of Defense employees and contractors may purchase discount tickets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. weekdays at the ITT office in Bldg. 478. Call 734-3791 for ticket information.