High-diving Hillbillies and Long- jumping Canines: New acts at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

     Lookout Pigeon Forge, the high-diving hillbillies and competitive long- jumping canines are splashing into town at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud!

     New to the theater is a 24 foot deep Olympic diving pool holding 300,000 gallons of water. It is the only stage of its kind in the Smoky Mountains, and it has made possible the addition of TWO new acts to the traditional dinner show.

     Come see hillbilly divers from both the Hatfield and McCoy clans take the plunge in the new water scene of the dinner feud. The hillbilly performers spring from diving boards that are high above the stage to see which family can win the diving competition. The water scene also incorporates a new rain curtain that pours water on the performers to add the dramatic effect of a “feuding storm.”

     Divers in the new “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud” are seen doing dives such as” the “cabbage roll,” “swimming hole,” “rock ‘n roll,” “jack hammer,” “helicopter,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Cupid’s arrow,” and the “jump rope.”  In addition, Lu Lu, a curvaceous lifeguard from the Moose Lodge makes her first appearance to the clans in this new show.

     David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/ Hedrick Family Entertainment, saysIn our new water version of the show we have a flame-thrower, a pool on fire, a mischievous mayor and his sheriff, dynamite, and a water cannon that all make for fun blasts of water going up into the air,” Fee said.

     The addition of the diving pool scene in the show does also have a historical significance in the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud. “The Hatfield and McCoy feud began in the mountainous Tug River Valley, where the Tug Fork River formed a border between West Virginia and Kentucky. This caused a geographical separation between the two family clans. And just like everything else, they began to squabble at the river too.”

     In addition to the high- dive act, the new Olympic pool also enabled the show to add another new act. David Fee says “ We’ve had the idea for many years now to incorporate long- jumping canines to the show, but of course, we needed the pool to do it. Now the audience can cheer along as the team of athletic dogs leap across the new pool to retrieve a toy or stick. It’s fun for the whole family, and especially the kids, to see the dogs in action.”

     The show is a mixture of clean comedy, music, clogging, singing, acrobatics, and now high-diving country bumpkins and athletic-jumping dogs. The two new acts in the show did bring new performers to this season’s show. Fee said, “Our hillbilly cast has acrobatic tricks, amazing, thrilling stunts, and lots of hillbilly feudin’.  We have lots of high dives, laughs and family fun.”

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