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Catch the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown

 

Branson Landing is known to many to be one of Branson’s most famous shopping malls. It is where they can have unique finds, and also the latest fashion trends. It is also a place where people can find unique gift ideas and special collectible items. Branson Landing is also a place for interesting events that will surely make your stay in Branson more memorable and fun.

This June 14, 2014, catch the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown in the Branson Landing Town Square. This event will be filled with music and fun! 102.9 the Z will host this event, which is also considered as America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion. A total of $200,000 will be given away to the winners of this talent search, including the national winner’s prize of $100,000.

The Texaco Country Showdown has been a venue for talented musicians to be discovered by recording companies for over thirty years. This event has been a huge success in every year it is being held, with thousands of aspiring performers competing in this talent search yearly. Having the Country Showdown title is one big feat for every performer, and that’s what makes this event a big hit, too, among Branson locals and guests.

The Texaco Country Showdown begins with the local contests, wherein these local winners then advance to the state contests, and on to the regional contests. At the end of the regional contests, there will be five chosen contestants to compete for the grand title. These winners will have an all-expense-paid trip to the National Final to determine who gets to win the National Title and be $100,000 richer.

This contest is open to all vocal and/or instrumental performers, whether you may be an individual act or a group with up to seven members. One condition is that the acts must not have performed on a record chapter in the top 100 country format of Billboard within 18 months before the local competition. A fee of $20 is required of all acts who want to join the Texaco Country Showdown. The contest itself upholds a uniform set of rules on all levels and areas of competition. If you are interested to join the contest, you may get an entry form at the 102.9 the Z studio or by calling 870-741-2301.

If you are one of the people who would like to watch the contest, you may also do so by coming to Branson Missouri to witness the performances live. For those who needs a place to stay in Branson, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for a convenient and comfortable stay in Branson. Thousand Hills is located near Branson Landing, and it has a variety of lodging options you can choose from. For inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Have a FUNtastic Summer with IMAX and Ride the Ducks!

 

IMAX Entertainment LogoIMAX Entertainment Complex during summer season gives every visitor a chance to watch blockbuster movies on the big screen using cutting-edge film technology and sophisticated IMAX movie presentations. This entertainment complex features educational and entertaining film productions that focus on education aspects and modern technology of IMAX movie shows. New productions and many old classic movies comprise the list of films in the IMAX Entertainment Complex that truly tell an interesting story to all visitors. Whether you want to see a movie for excitement and fun or the one that can energize your body or increase your vitality, you can find both at the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson.

When the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies are showing nationwide, most movie goers wanted to watch it in big screen with great surround sound systems. In IMAX theaters, they have a surround sound system with 22,000 watts that can excite every moviegoer with its unique movie presentations. Movie goers at the IMAX Entertainment Complex will really fall in love with its giant IMAX screen that measures 83 feet in width and about six stories in height. If you want to watch some of the latest blockbuster movies, you can enjoy it at Elite Cinema III which is one of the best theaters in the IMAX Entertainment Complex. Theaters in the complex all feature stadium style seating, oversized seats, and seat pads made of famous Tempur-Pedic foam. 

At Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, you can get the chance to watch great live entertainment shows all throughout the year. This live entertainment show can be enjoyed at the Little Opry Theater that features Petersen Family Bluegrass Band. This live show at the complex also includes Johnny Cash Songbook, A Tribute to John Denver, Hank Williams Revisited; Smoke on the Mountain, Tribute to Marty Robins, and Patsy Cline Remembered.

The IMAX Entertainment Complex is not only for movie goers, it also offers shopping and fine dining opportunities that will satisfy your shopping needs and cravings for delectable foods. The shopping area in the complex features sixteen different shops that offer a variety of items from fine jewelries, men’s and ladies’ accessories, arts and collectible, and many specialties making the place a perfect vacation spot.

While you are in Branson, you should not miss a unique tour with the Ride the Ducks that utilizes a marine technology that provides riders a safe and exciting tour. While the duck is an amphibian, it will take the riders across the land of the beautiful landscape of the Ozarks and explore the waters of Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo in Branson. This amphibian duck ride is really fabulous that creates a memorable and unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.


If you want to experience a wonderful vacation during this hot summer season, it is best for you to enjoy indoor activities at the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson where you can have the chance to watch Hollywood blockbuster movies on the big screen with great surround sound systems.

 

 

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A Romantic Summer with a Sunset View in a Branson Lakefront Condo

Lakefront Branson Condo LogoIf you are planning to spend a wonderful vacation this summer season, stay at Branson Lakefront Condo at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. The Branson lakefront condo is a perfect place for a romantic summer getaway located in the heart of Branson where live entertainment, exciting attractions, and shopping are all in one place. These lakefront condos are beautifully constructed with features of top quality amenities and high-end decors. The condos are conveniently situated along the north of Table Rock Dam and near the Moonshine Beach, State Park Marina, and the popular Corps of Engineers Park. If you want to experience a wonderful walking adventure, take a leisurely walk in a paved path of the Dewey Short Visitor’s Center.

These luxurious Branson lakefront condos are all beautifully furnished with high-end beddings and top quality pillows. Each bedroom of the condos features cable TV with HBO, a DVD player, and a free wireless internet access. The living area of each condo features a sofa sleeper that can help accommodate a big family of 3 or more members. The kitchen also features fine granite countertops with appliances that include refrigerator, microwave oven, washer/dryer, dishwashers, pots and pans, and other kitchen wares. With a fully furnished kitchen of the condo, you can have the chance to cook your own food that will certainly bring great delight to your family.

These condos in the lakefront are wonderfully constructed with the most modern design and architecture. Each bedroom is equipped with pillow top mattresses and triple sheeting that will make you sleep soundly the whole night. These lakefront condos feature a private bath and a master bath with whirlpool tub in the master bedroom. Guests staying at these lakefront condos can have the chance to enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful natural scenery, wooded valleys, and the hillsides along the Ozark Mountains.

The perfect location of the Branson lakefront condos allow every guest the opportunity to enjoy many exciting outdoor attractions in the pristine waters of the Table Rock Lake. With the wonderful setting of the Table Rock Lake, guests staying at the condos can have the chance to enjoy fishing, swimming, or a boating adventure. To enjoy the utmost excitement and fun in the lake, lakefront condos feature dock facilities that are great for guests wanted to experience a river boating adventure. After you have enjoyed a great boating adventure, you can dock your boat overnight at the State Park near your condo accommodation.

Many of the guests in the Branson lakefront condos always include shopping and dining in their vacation plans. All these can be enjoyed when you like to experience a fantastic vacation for your shopping and dining pleasures. In Branson Landing, the newest Branson lakefront development, it features many retail outlet shops and fine restaurants that make your shopping experience and dining a wonderful experience.

If you want to take a wonderful summer retreat with your family, come to Branson and stay at the lakefront condos in Thousand Hills Golf Resort.

 

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Thrills and Fun at Branson’s Xtreme Racing Center

 

Your vacation in Branson can be more than the live music shows that you can enjoy. You can also make it a more exciting one by visiting Branson’s amusement parks that will surely get the kids and adults really hyped. Branson has a lot of attractions that you can enjoy, but here is one that will surely take your excitement speeding up!

Come to Branson’s Xtreme Racing Center and experience some racing delight with the whole family. This theme park is not difficult to find in Branson as it is located in 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson. 76 Country Music Boulevard is Branson’s entertainment district, so you can easily catch your favorite live music show after your adventure in the Xtreme Racing Center.

Xtreme Racing Center in Branson featur4es world-class Sodi high-speed racing karts, which can go as fast as 40 miles per hour. This is a truly exciting ride to be in, but of course, Xtreme Racing Center puts the passengers’ safety first before anything else. To be able to ride the racing karts, adult riders must be at least 51 inches tall. For the kid drivers, they must be at least 42 inches tall to be permitted to ride. Apart from these, the riders must possess a Racing License which can be acquired also from the Xtreme Racing Center. The Racing License can be bought at $7.99 for adults and kids alike. To ensure the safety of the riders before they go karting, the riders are required to wear a helmet with a sock underneath. You would not want to spoil all the fun in your vacation with a mishap, right? If you already have your gear or helmet, you are very welcome to bring it. You can also use your own helmets upon the approval of the Xtreme Racing Center.

The Xtreme Racing Cnter has three types of karts to cater to different skill levels of the riders. There is the kid kart for the kiddie racers, and there are also the GT5 and the RT8 for the adult racers. Adults must start on the GT5 kart before they can level up to the RT8 kart. For the kids, they start with the kid karts, and they can also level up to the GT5 and RT8 karts. You can also upgrade your Racing License by showing your timing sheet at the ticket counter, so you can receive an upgrade for your Racing License for free!

For your lodging place in Branson, make sure that you get to be close to all the action in Branson. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, which is also located near 76 Country Music Boulevard. Have your much deserved rest after having a tiring day in the Xtreme Racing Center as your Branson lodging is just minutes away. For more information and reservations in Thousand Hills, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Choose Branson Condos For A Luxury Vacation

 

Are you planning for a grand vacation? If yes, then there is one place you should go to. Branson Missouri is ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest, and is also known to be the live entertainment capital of the world. Your vacation in Branson is guaranteed to be a blast since it has all the amusements and attractions that everyone will surely enjoy.

Branson is not just about the live music shows and the plays that have made it famous. It also has lots of activities that you can do. Get ready to have endless adventures in Branson. For one, you can do some water activities in the TriLakes Area, which is composed of Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake. You can do fishing, scuba diving, swimming, and a lot more in this area. For some bonding activities, you can also have picnic by the shore of these lakes. Branson is also home to different nature parks to let you reconnect with nature. There is the Table Rock State Park Marina, Dogwood Canyon, and a lot more. For some educational activities, Branson also has the best for that. It also houses the best museums in town, and also the most unique ones. It has the Titanic Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, and the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. And for the ultimate adventure in Branson, go to Silver Dollar City, the most famous 1880’s themed amusement park.

Now, imagine you doing all these anytime you want to. Yes, you can do that in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills offers you the best lodging options, far from the usual hotel rooms you used to rent. Make this a unique vacation by availing Thousand Hills’ Branson condos for your vacation. These condo units speak of nothing but luxury. It aims to give you convenience by letting you stay close to Branson’s entertainment district, shopping malls, and restaurants. Being this close to the city, it still promises you the comfort you long for by being situated in the Ozark Mountains. The city noise will never be a problem for you as you are surrounded by nature’s gifts in your Branson condo.

The Branson condos in Thousand Hills also offers you hotel-like amenities, all for you to use and enjoy throughout your stay. It already has a fully furnished bedroom and bathroom, with a king-sized bed and a Jacuzzi tub. There is also a fully furnished kitchen so you can cook your own dishes. The Branson condos in Thousand Hills also takes care of your entertainment needs by providing you with cable televisions, a DVD player, and free wireless internet. You can also unwind anytime you want with the condo’s private deck and swimming pool access.

What are you waiting for? Plan your very own luxury vacation and let Thousand Hills be a part of it. For inquiries and reservations, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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There’s Nothing like Golf in Thousand Hills

 

Branson is known to many to be the live entertainment capital of the world. Entertainment in Branson is closely equated to the world-class music shows and the well-known theme parks in Branson. Come and visit Branson to know more about the place and all that it can offer you. For one, entertainment in Branson is also extended to sports.

One sport that has gained popularity in Branson is golf. In fact, Branson serves as a home to the best golf courses in Missouri. And one of the most popular golf courses in Missouri can be found in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Come and try a game of golf in Thousand Hills and know why it is considered the most popular golf course across Branson. The golf course in Thousand Hills has 18 holes, and it was also rated 4 stars by the Golf Digest Magazine back in 2009. It was also voted as Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses for two years in a row. Despite all the accolades that this golf course has achieved, it still works hard to satisfy the needs of the golfers in Thousand Hills. The golf course in Thousand Hills can cater to any skill level of a golfer. You may be a novice in golf and you may also be a professional at the sport, but one thing for sure is that you will definitely enjoy the golfing experience in Thousand Hills.

There are three separate sets of tees in Thousand Hills’ golf course to make sure that golfing will still be a challenging yet fair experience for any golfer. This golf course also offers a great scenery for all the golfers. Imagine golfing while also having the best of the Ozark’s greens surround you. As you go around the golf course, it can take you to beautiful hardwood forests, unique rock formations, and streams in the Ozarks. Having these sights around you would not make you think that you are also at Branson’s entertainment district.

Other amenities that you can avail of in the golf course of Thousand Hills are the Yamaha carts equipped with GPS, which you can use at no additional charge. There are also one par 5 hole, eight par 4 holes, and nine par 3 holes. The slope ratings are Blue 125, White 116, and Red 113. If you want to buy some stuff for your golf needs, no need to look further because there is already a complete Pro Shop in Thousand Hills for your golf accessories. There are also clubs available for rent. You may also want to level up your golf performance by availing the services of the golf professional in Thousand Hills, Matthew Dillman.

What more can you ask for in a golf course? Everything you need and want is here in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Come and visit now to enjoy a unique golfing experience in the Ozarks.

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Never a Dull Moment while Exploring the Marvel Cave Attraction

Marvel Cave is one of the nature’s greatest wonders that evolved around the entrance to the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson. The cave was opened as an Ozarks tourist attraction in 1894 by a Canadian entrepreneur William Henry Lynch. It run for more than fifty years as a tourist show cave. By 1950, the cave was leased by Hugo Herschend, a Danish immigrant from Chicago. In 1960, Silver Dollar City theme park was introduced and built near the entrance to Marvel Cave and it continued to be a popular tourist attraction in Branson.Marvel Cave Lanter Light Tour Logo

The cave was originally known as Marble Cave when miners thought that marble could be found in the cave. When it was found out that no marble was ever mined inside the Marble Cave, the name was changed to Marvel Cave. The cave is known to be one of the largest caves in Missouri, with the biggest cave entry rooms of any cave in North America and for being one of the longest running tourist attractions in Branson.

A Marvel Cave tour is always included with your ticket when you visit the Silver Dollar City where the tours depart every half hour. To begin the tour, you will have to travel to the surface 300 feet below and get in the Cathedral Room. The excitingly wonderful Cathedral Room is the largest cave entrance in the whole USA. The tour lasts 60 minutes and most of it is spent climbing about 600 stairs. The cave tour offers a trained cave guide who will guide your journey and give you interesting and entertaining facts of geographical and historical importance of the cave.

A unique cable train designed to take cave visitors back to the surface with 1070 foot climb was installed in 1957. Thereby giving visitors an easy climb to get back up to a daylight. Many famous spelunkers have ventured the Marvel Cave which is Missouri’s deepest cave with rich history and interesting facts. The tour to the Marvel Cave is a unique opportunity to see Mother Nature where only a few were fortunate to experience the beauty and wonder of the cave.

Explore the Marvel Cave’s darkest and deepest secret and experience a wonderful cave tour using a lantern light. The last lantern light tour starts 90 minutes before closing time. Tour guides are dressed in costumes that delight guests with interesting facts and little known histories during this daily nostalgic journey. Lantern Light Tour is open to guests above 11 years old to see the Mammoth Room. This big room is located just to the right of guest trail in the Cathedral Room. The re-opened trail highlights the bat wall, the only surviving Spanish ladder left in the cave (circa 1541) and many interesting stories.

If you want to discover the interesting facts and historical treasures of the Marvel Cave, visit the original tourist attraction in Branson and enjoy some of several exciting activities of the 1800s style theme park of Silver Dollar City.

 

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Feel Like a Star and Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum

If you want to have a photograph with your favorite Hollywood stars, don’t miss to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum, where Samuel Jackson, Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, and Matthew McConaughey are among the stars waiting on the red carpet to give you a unique excitement. This world-famous attraction is just the perfect destination to pose with your favorite stars and get into the action on their memorable movie sets. Whether your passion is current blockbusters, all-time classics, action movies, or other western films, there are scenes especially recreated and stars to please every visitor.Wolverine Wax Statue Logo

Hollywood Wax Museum was established as a family business and later expanded into an entertainment company that become known internationally. About 50 years ago, the original Hollywood Wax Museum in California was built by Spoony Singh who had a dream of bringing together starlets and favorite stars. Today this wax museum in California is still open for business. Other two locations have been added in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.

When visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum, don’t forget to bring your camera as you will definitely like to pose with the wax figures of your favorite Hollywood stars and be entertained by their action-packed movies and TV shows. The only wax museum in the country that is devoted to famous celebrity stars was recently renovated that added a dynamic style of the museum. Visitors coming to the Hollywood Wax Museum can have a close glimpse of some of the most famous celebrities in show business.

Your wonderful vacation in Branson can be a memorable one when you take a close look of your favorite Hollywood stars. See famous classic entertainers like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and Elvis Presley that stand aside with current stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, and Johnny Depp.  All of them are here in the Branson, brimming over great entertainment and wholesome fun for the entire family.

Hollywood Wax Museum which opened in the 1990s is a magnificent attraction in Branson with similar replica in Mouth Rushmore that displayed Hollywood celebrities instead of famous presidents. The display of the Hollywood stars has become one of the most photographed landmarks in Branson. At the top of the museum building, a Great Ape can be spotted dangling atop the skyscraper. This wax museum is without question one of the best visited attractions in Branson.

The wax figures of famous Hollywood stars in the museum are so lifelike with realistic looking you think they are alive. The wax figures of the stars was created by wax artists that were formed from plain old globs of clay and wax. The museum is open all year round – so there’s no reason that you can’t have the opportunity to come and have a picture taken with your favorite stars.

So, if you want to see the life-size wax figures of your favorite Hollywood stars, visit the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson and stay at one of the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.

 

 

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Spend your Day with the Family at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

When Hollywood blockbuster films are shown in movie theaters, many movie goers always wanted to watch it and look for the best theaters with wide screen and great surround sound systems. This IMAX Theater features 22,000 watts of surround sound that engrosses you with a unique movie experience.  Flight of the Butterflies, Tornado Alley, Rocky Mountain Express, and Ozarks Legacy and Legend are some of the featured movies at the Branson IMAX Theater.

At the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson, many movie goers will fall in love with its giant IMAX screen that measures 83 feet in width and a height equivalent to six stories. Elite Cinema III in the IMAX Entertainment Complex is one of the best theaters in the area that is showing the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies. All the theaters in the complex feature oversized seats, stadium style seating, and seat pads made of Tempur-Pedic foam.

Peterson Family Bluegrass Band LogoAside from the spectacular movie shows in theaters at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, you can have the chance to watch great live show performances all throughout the year. This live show is performed at the Little Opry Theater that features Petersen Family Bluegrass Band. It also includes other shows such as Johnny Cash Songbook, Hank Williams Revisited, A Tribute to John Denver, A Tribute to Marty Robins, Smoke on the Mountain, and Patsy Cline Remembered.

Some new productions and old classics comprise the list of films shown in the IMAX theaters that truly entertain the viewing public. Whether you’re travelling interstate, following a team of bikers, or just spending a happy moment with your family on a leisurely walk, there’s always a film that fits an imaginative mind. If you want to see a movie with a high level of excitement or the one that can increase your mind’s activity, you will be able to find both at the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson.

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex is not only ideal for movie-goers, it also features shopping and dining opportunities to satisfy your shopping needs and cravings for delicious foods. The shopping outlet in the complex features sixteen different shops that offer an array of items that range from fine jewelries, arts and collectibles, and many specialty items making the place a perfect vacation destination for all visitors. To make your day full of energy, enjoy a fine meal in one of the restaurants in the complex.    

The theaters in the complex also feature independent films for all ages. With the complex’s state-of-the-art and 6-channel surround sound system, you will certainly enjoy a wholesome fun watching some of your favorite movies. If you have already enjoyed so much of your favorite movies, then it is best for you to watch a live show performance in the Little Opry Theater that features old-time country favorites.

 

If you want to experience a wonderful summer vacation, visit the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson where you can have the chance to watch your favorite movies on the big screen with great surround sound systems.

 

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Have a Party and Celebrate at the Silver Dollar City's Star-Spangled Summer

Giant Swing LogoSilver Dollar City in Branson is a perfect place to spend a fantastic summer vacation as it features many exciting thrill rides and fabulous entertainment shows that you can enjoy with your family. This popular vacation destination in the Midwest has been entertaining visitors since 1960 with its six annual festivals, 60 outlet shops and restaurants, and 40 live entertainment shows that make the place a fantastic spot to celebrate Independence Day this 4th of July. Silver Dollar City’s non-stop entertainment shows and great attractions are what most people want to experience during summer season.

From middle of March to end of December, Silver Dollar City theme park offers visitors lots of entertaining attractions and exciting activities. This theme park in Branson features 30 thrill rides that include PowderKeg Roller Coaster, Outlaw Run Wooden Coaster, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, Giant Swing, water-shoot-out rides, and steam engine train rides.  The park also offers six entertainment venues that feature 40 shows daily that only last up to 25 minutes. A thrill ride with the PowderKeg Roller Coaster will give you a thrilling ride of your life when you experience its launching speed of 53mph in 2.8 seconds.

Summer vacation in Silver Dollar City is great for visitors of all ages who want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings around the Ozark Mountains, the panoramic view of the wildlife scenery, and the pristine lakes around Branson. With so many fun-packed activities in the park, you will surely enjoy every bit of your time in Silver Dollar City.  The 1880s-style theme park features many craftsmen and artisans that include glassblowers, basket weavers, potters, blacksmiths, knife smiths, quilters, and many more. Inside the park, don’t miss to see some of glassblowers turning an ordinary glass into a flower vase. You can also watch live entertainment shows in the park or enjoy a fine dinner in a restaurant that serves delectable foods.

This Silver Dollar City theme park features many specialty restaurants that include Buckshot Annie’s Skillet Cookery which is famous for its harvest succotash; Aunt Pollys, offers popular catfish and specialty fried chicken; and The Ribhouse, features baby back ribs specialty, serving barbecue, and smoked brisket and smoked chicken. You can also find ice cream parlor in the park and funnel cakes for dessert making your dining experience a wonderful one.

In Silver Dollar City, there are about six world class festivals that are held yearly to entertain visitors of all ages. These festivals include the World-Fest and the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival which are both international events held between the months of April and May. The National Kids Fest is celebrated from June through August by young visitors. The celebration of Southern Gospel Picnic is held from late August through early September. The National Harvest Festival is celebrated from mid-September to late October.

If you want to experience a fantastic vacation with your family this summer season, visit the Silver Dollar City in Branson where celebrating the 4th of July is fun with a mixture of many exciting attractions and great shows.

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