Photo courtesy of Dollywood.com.
This summer, Great American Country and Dollywood team up to present the Great American Country Show at Dolly Parton‘s Celebrity Theater. Running May 24 through October 18, the 40-minute production features six country music acts including special appearances by famous country artists and Great American Country personalities Nan Kelley from Top 20 Country Countdown, Amie and Jolie Sikes of the Junk Gypsies, and Suzanne Alexander of Great American Playlist.
Along with live performances, Dollywood offers a variety of entertainment. Test your limits on some of Dollywood’s most exciting roller coasters, like Thunderhead and Daredevil Falls, or head over to Splash Country, home of Tennessee’s first and only water coaster —RiverRush®. Younger ones can enjoy Little Creek Falls with size-appropriate slides and an activity center. See local artisans’ creations in Craftsmans Valley. They use the same techniques as early Smoky Mountain settlers to forge iron, make candles, carve wood and blow glass.
Great American Country’s stars of LogHeads own a showroom in the heart of Craftsmans Valley. Gwen and Tommy Mitchell opened Rocky Top Log Furniture in Dollywood over 20 years ago. Now, they’re back with a custom line of log furniture made exclusively for Dollywood.
LogHeads, Gwen and Tommy Mitchell
In addition to its thrilling rides and attractions, Dollywood captures the culture of the Appalachian area. Every ride speaks to a unique aspect of the mountains or the South. There is even a historically accurate schoolhouse, fully operating grist mill and working train for visitors’ enjoyment. Dolly Parton fans can also explore Dolly’s Home-on-Wheels, a perfectly maintained bus that carried Dolly across the U.S. while she was touring.
Dolly Parton, photo courtesy of Dolly Records.
You’re bound to work up an appetite after a day at Dollywood. Luckily, Aunt Granny’s serves authentic southern cuisine, buffet-style, for hungry park-goers. For an afternoon treat, Sweet Shoppe offers a variety of sweets for the chocolate lovers to the ice cream fanatics.
Great American Country also hosts Great American Country Nights at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Every night at park closing, a cast of 12 dancers and singers perform, accompanied by The Time Machine Band and hosts Shannon Thomason and Rachel Wallace.
Tune in to Great American Country for the premiere of Backstory: Dolly Parton on August 2 at 8/7c.>>