Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
The National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is known for its many festivals that it holds throughout the year. In the spring, it’s Bluegrass and BBQ. In the fall, it’s National Harvest Festival.
Held every September through October, the National Harvest Festival features 125 of the best craftsmen in the nation and even the world. Because of its reputation as “The Home of American Craftsmanship,” Silver Dollar City invites outside craftsmen to the park to showcase their talents. Glassblowing, basket weaving, painting, and many other crafts are demonstrated during the festival. Plus, you can even take home a unique souvenir from your visit.
In addition to the craftsmen that will be on site, Silver Dollar City is also featuring the Texas Trick Riders, a group of multi-talented trick riders who work with trick horses. Plus, there will be Roman riders, ropers, comedy, and more. The original production The Pinkerton Man will also be performed in Echo Hollow Amphitheater. As part of the production, professional stunt men and women will perform three-story falls, rappels, and street fights as part of this spectacular show. The Sons of the Silver Dollar will also be providing the music for The Pinkerton Man.
Music will also be part of Silver Dollar City’s tribute to the American cowboy. Performers will be in the park for the duration of the festival, and such famous names as the Riders in the Sky will be present. The Carolyn Martin Swing Band, Kristyn Harris, and Jimmy Burson are among the other names who will take the stage during National Harvest Festival.
Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium is another feature of National Harvest Festival that will be sure to delight. Fans of the television show Gunsmoke will have a starstruck moment when they visit this gallery. Buck Taylor is the creator of beautiful pieces of cowboy art that will be featured from September 18 – October 26 in the Frisco Barn at Silver Dollar City.
Other craftsmen who will be celebrating the spirit of the west are:
• Tina Richards – Framed Hand-Painted Turkey Feathers
• Don Dane – Western Art
• Keith Knight – Carved Benches and Signs
• Judi Orr – Gourd Art
• Dennis E. Connor – Western and Wildlife Bronzes
• Julie Rice – Western Touch Artist
• Phil Smith – Leather and Saddlery
• Dan Burle – Cowboy Humorist/Author
Aside from craftsmen and music, Silver Dollar City has teamed up with Midwest Living to offer Culinary and Craft School Classes. Throughout National Harvest Festival, there will be a variety of culinary classes. A BBQ smoker class, a tailgating class, and even a class on southeast Asian cuisine will be offered during National Harvest Festival. Classes are held in the Midwest Living Culinary and Craft School, located just past the entrance to Echo Hollow Amphitheater. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis, starting ten minutes prior to the start of the class as you check in. Prior registration is required, and you can register online at www.silverdollarcity.com or call 800-475-9370. Payment is required at the time of booking.
National Harvest Festival is one of Silver Dollar City’s favorite festivals. From the festivals’ many talented craftsmen to the toe-tapping musicians, Silver Dollar City has something to delight anyone in your family. For more information about this or any of Silver Dollar City’s festivals, visit www.silverdollarcity.com.
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