Published Online: Sep 18, 2012

Dolly's Imagination Library presents the 7th Annual "Whoadeo" Stick Horse Rodeo & Family Fun Day

 CONTACT: John Richardson
Direct: 417/336-7961

BRANSON, MO –Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction have partnered for a fun-filled “Whoadeo” on, Saturday, October 6th from 10:00AM to 1PM at Dixie Stampede in Branson.  This free event is open to kids of all ages who get to ride stick horses “rodeo style” in the Dixie Stampede performance arena. 
“Whoadeo” will showcase 5 events including: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Obstacle Course, Bucking Horse and Jumping.  Children and adults compete on a “stick horse” as they race around barrels, jump over obstacles and try to not get “bucked” off their horse.   Prizes will be awarded for top times and creative “bucking”.  Dixie Stampede will provide stick horses for “Whoadeo” participants or children may bring their own.
Outside the arena, in front of Dixie Stampede, will be a carnival atmosphere full of interactive games and exhibits including activities by the Price Is Right Live, Branson Fire Department, Pepsi, Ride The Ducks, Sight & Sound Theater, The Tracks, and Branson Police DARE.
 “My Imagination Library “Whoadeo” is a fun event for all ages,” Dolly said.  “There’s nothing better for a child’s mind than reading, so we hope that with each book, the child will dream more, learn more, care more and be more.”
Also featured during the “Whoadeo” at Dixie Stampede will be kids’ games, face painting, animal exhibitions, as well as giveaways from companies and public agencies that serve families.   
All proceeds from Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show performance that evening, Saturday, October 6th will be donated to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
About Imagination Library
Imagination Library is a free book program for all pre-school age children in participating communities, including newborns, whose parent completes an official registration form.  Once the registration is complete, the child receives a book each month by mail until age five.  This book program serves every child in the participating community.
         The Imagination Library began in Dolly’s native Sevier County in Tennessee in 1995 and has touched the lives every child and family in the community. The program is funded through the Dollywood Foundation by gifts from Dolly Parton, Dixie Stampede as well as other individuals and businesses.
There are 29 Imagination Library affiliate communities in Missouri.  In 2011, a total of 27,989 books were mailed to children in Stone and Taney Counties of Missouri.  
         Dixie Stampede’s sponsorship provides full funding for the Imagination Library in Stone and Taney counties in Missouri and assists in the program’s national expansion. Registrations continue through participation with pre-schools, the Parents as Teachers organization, as well as area healthcare and retail establishments.
Nationally, a total of 1,642 communities are partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to send out books monthly to preschool children participating in the program.  Since its inception in 2000, 38 million books have been provided to 675,637 children enrolled in the program.  In 2011 almost 8 million books were mailed. 
More information about the Dollywood Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library may be found at
About Dixie Stampede
         Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is a unique dinner and show experience set in a giant 35,000-square-foot arena featuring 32 magnificent horses, a stampede of buffalo, thrilling horsemanship, romance, and audience participation, all showcased in a friendly rivalry between North and South and complemented by a fabulous four-course feast.  
         Dixie Stampede Dinner Attractions operate in two popular vacation destinations: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri, as well as Pirates Voyage; Fun, Feast & Adventure in Myrtle Beach, SC.  For more information regarding show times and ticket prices, call 1-800-520-5544 or visit online at