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Catch the Old Time Fiddle Contest in Branson Missouri


Branson is known to be the Entertainment Capital of the World for the great musical experience that it brings to its guests and locals. But Branson does not only give you the best entertainment that it can give; it is also involved in discovering the future superstars in the music industry. Branson, through its events, helps in making dreams come true for the aspiring musicians.

One such event that showcases the musicality of the musicians in Branson is the 2014 Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival & Mid-America Fiddler’s Championship. This event is happening on August 2 to 3, 2014 to be held in the Historic Owen Theater on Commercial Street in Historic Downtown Branson. The Old Time Fiddle Contest in Branson features does not only give you the best fiddlers in town. You are also guaranteed of a great experience overall with the food booths, demonstrations, strolling entertainers, workshops, and sidewalk sales in the area. It would feel like you are in a big fiddler’s festival too!

There will be a workshop in a private conference on August 1, which also has pre-registration for the interested participants. The workshop fee is $25. The Old Time Fiddle Contest is on Saturday, August 2, from 9 AM to 7 PM. There is a registration before the event at 8 AM. Pre-registration for the event is greatly encouraged. There will be no entrance fee for the contestants. The contestants of the Old Time Fiddle Contest will also receive reimbursement of their festival admission when they register at the venue of the competition. Ticket prices for the Old Time Fiddle Contest are $8 for audiences aged 13 and up, and $4 for those children aged 4 to 12. Children younger than 4 years old have free admission. On August 3, 2014, the 26th Annual Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival and Mid-America Fiddler’s Championship will be held in Branson, too. The fun continues on Sunday where there will be craft vendors, petting zoo, balloon artist, and many more fun activities that are perfect for the entire family.

For more information and for inquiries about the workshop, instructors, and of the contest, call 417-683-2777 and look for Junior Marriott.

The Old Time Fiddle Contest would be surely fun if you are with the entire family. The event itself could make for a great family vacation for everyone. If you are searching for a convenient and comfortable place to stay for your family vacation, the place to go to is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near Branson’s entertainment district and shopping malls, but it is also near the Ozark Mountains so you are away from all the city noise. Choose from its nightly rental options of a Branson cabin rental, Branson lakefront condo rental, or a Branson golf front condo rental. For inquiries on these lodging options, dial 1-877-262-0430. We hope to see you soon in Thousand Hills and in the Old Time Fiddle Contest.

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Shop at The Shoppes in Branson


You may have known Branson to be the entertainment capital of the world, and for its man-made and natural attractions. Yes, these are the main reasons why tourists are very much endeared to Branson. Another thing that will surely attract you to Branson is shopping. Branson is home to many outlet malls that offers great finds with big bargains. Unknowingly, Branson has become a heaven to shoppers already!

When in Branson, paying a visit to The Shoppes at Branson Hills is always worth it. Tourists and residents of Branson love The Shoppes at Branson Hills because it can give you anything you need at a price you love. The Shoppes houses many stores. One of the most valuable ones is the Wal-Mart Supercenter. Wal-Mart is a one-stop shop for your grocery needs, household items, and apparels. For the tourists, the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Branson Hills’ The Shoppes can be your hero! Forgot something like the sunscreen or your flip-flops? Don’t fret, because Wal-Mart has it for you. If you are looking for variety in brand and prices in stores similar to Wal-Mart, try also visiting Target and the Dollar Shop in The Shoppes.

The Shoppes also houses some boutiques that you will like. It has Bed, Bath, and Beyond where you can find various bed, bath, and household items. If you are coming over for a wedding, this is also a great place where you can find a gift for the newlyweds. If you have bought a Branson condo, this would be the best place to look for items to decorate your condo unit. In Bed, Bath, and Beyond, you can also find items such as organizers, home appliances, and beddings.

Your fashion needs are also well taken care of in Branson. In The Shoppes, you can find clothing boutiques like Kohl’s, Maurices, TJ Maxx, and Rue 21, where you can find the latest in the fashion world. Keep your wardrobe updated with the best find you can have ranging from tops, pants, swim wears, accessories, and many more!

There are new shops in The Shoppes – Ulta Beauty and Pier 1 Imports. Ulta Beauty is your ultimate beauty shop. In here, you can find all of the brand-name cosmetics you like. Some of the brands you can find are bareMinerals, Benefit, Urban Decay, and many more. Items for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, nails, and hair can be found here. Pier 1 Imports is your store for your home décor needs. From pillow, lighting, rugs, curtains, tablewares, and many other, you can now decorate your home as you wish! You can also find great gift ideas in Pier 1!

For the book lovers, The Shoppes will not disappoint you with its store Book-A-Million. Here you can find any book, old and new. It is truly a bookworm’s heaven in Book-A-Million!

Come and visit The Shoppes at Branson Hills now to have a unique shopping experience!

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Fun with The Haygoods in Branson


What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you hear of Branson? It may be the adventures from the theme parks, but for sure, you will surely think of the live music shows and concerts that have made Branson famous. It is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, after all. You can have the best experience in music here in Branson. Experience the right mix of music and comedy with the shows in Branson.

One notable artist that will be performing in Branson for the month of July is The Haygoods. This show is brought to you by Branson Tourism Center. Every year, Branson Tourism Center is continually looking for promising and established artists to share their talents to the Branson locals and tourists. This year, get the chance to see the Haygoods perform in the Branson stage. The Haygoods are famous for their great musicality and singing prowess. They also have amazed their audience with their overall showmanship. Catch the Haygoods in Branson on July 19, 2014. You don’t only get to watch the show as you also get to have an exclusive meet and greet with the Haygoods right after their 7:30 PM show. Get ready your cameras, and other paraphernalias for a chance to get their autographs with a photo op with them!

The show of the Haygoods will be held in the Clay Cooper Theater in 3216 W State Highway 76 in Branson Missouri. Don’t pass up this chance to see the Haygoods in action. For the show tickets, call 1-800-785-1550. Get yours now!

And while you are in Branson, why not make the most out of it. Try to catch the other shows in Branson for you prove that Branson is indeed the Live Entertainment Capital. Embark on an adventure, too, in Branson’s theme parks and nature parks. You can also do some shopping in Branson’s outlet malls to get the latest fashion trends at the biggest discounts. There are countless things to do in Branson. One day is certainly not enough to explore them all.

For your lodging place in Branson, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near Highway 76, which is Branson’s entertainment district. This will prove to be very convenient for you and also very comfortable. Staying near the city, you are also assured by Thousand Hills that you are away from the city noise since the lodging places in Thousand Hills are also near the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake. You have a variety of lodging options to choose from. Let Thousand Hills be your partner in having the best Branson vacation ever. For more inquiries and for reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Set Your GPS and Seek for Those Items!

If you want to experience a great recreational adventure in Branson outdoors this autumn, try geocaching that is also referred as GPS (Global Positioning System) stash hunting. This geocaching outdoor activity is a unique game where someone hides something so that others will find it by using a GPS receiver. The pursuit can be exciting for all participants as they try a time-consuming search of a GPS-enabled treasure hunt. A geocache usually consists of a waterproof container with a logbook and inexpensive items. Participants to this new recreational activity of geocaching in Branson outdoors are called geocachers.

In order to find the hidden cache, participants to this geocaching adventure use the capability and features of a GPS unit. These geocaching participants form groups and hide caches in different locations and post the cache’s coordinates on the internet. Geocachers who are GPS users will follow the location coordinates so they can have the chance to find the caches.Geocache Logo

The following are the things you need when you participate in a geocaching recreational activity.

*A Global Positioning System Receiver, also known as a GPSr or simply a GPS unit

*iPhones that have full built in GPS

*Details of the geocache

*Cache items for trading

*A pen or pencil for signing the look book

*Proper wear for outdoor conditions.

Geocaching is becoming a popular recreational activity which is fun and healthy pastime for people of all ages. This enjoyable outdoor activity is great for families, friends, and youth groups working as teams. This fun-packed sport combines technology with adventure. The core of this geocaching sport involves the use of a hand held GPS receiver unit to guide you to the location of a hidden cache.  When the cache is found, you can take with you the goods contained in the cache which are purposedly placed for trading that needs to be replaced. As much as possible, replace it with the same contents or values. Don’t take items if you have nothing to replace.

The cache you found contained a logbook where you will make a new entry in the book about your username, the date, and even the weather. Once you have filled-up the logbook and took the contents of the cache with replacements, close it securely and re-hide it in the same exact place where you found it. Now, you can return home and log back into your caching website and record about the cache you found. Record the same kinds of information that you wrote in the cache logbook.

When you want to choose catching items to bring with you for trading, consider the things like key chains, bouncy balls, marbles, and batteries.  These items are popular for geocaches. Some cultural items that cannot be easily found help enrich the sport and make cache finds more interesting such as commemorative pins, patches, crafts, other souvenir items.

If you want to enjoy a new and unique recreational outdoor activity of geocaching this fall season, visit Branson and enjoy the hide and seek game around the area with delightful colors of foliage.


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Love Toys? Visit the World’s Largest Toy Museum!

If you want to reminisce your childhood days and experience the feeling of being young again, it’s great to visit with your kids to the world’s largest toy museum this Branson fall. The museum features great collections of different kinds of toys way back from the 1700s to the present. Rediscover the fun of appreciating your favorite toys and remembering about childhood heroes such as Tom Mix, Shirley Temple, and Groucho Marx. Among the more than a million toys on display in the museum, you can find toys as tiny as a thimble and as big as a full-size luxury car.Worlds Largest Toy Museum Logo  

Inside the world’s largest museum, you can find wonderful toys from the past and the present. The museum features great collections of old designs of ships, planes, trains, classic cars and motorcycles, cap guns, BB guns, pedal cars, bicycles, tin wind-ups, dolls, Star Wars, Disney characters, G.I.Joes, trucks, and toy soldiers.  The entire collection of toys from the 1700s to the present in the museum is a must-see in Branson. When you visit the museum in Branson, take a stroll down the memory lane where memories unfold and the reminiscence of your childhood days abounds.

The world’s largest museum in Branson features millions of toys of different shapes and sizes. Nearly all types of toys imaginable can be found inside this amazing museum. From the collectible legos to an actual size Rolls-Royce are on display in the museum that can be a great enjoyment for everyone. Toys of all types can be found in this fantastic museum – from doll houses to Star Wars where ladies grew up with stuff for the boys like General Lee items, John Deere memorabilia, and much more.

The exhibits inside the museum display over 100 antique toy trains where many of the visitors remember growing up with. Cartoon characters from Popeye to Howdy Doody, Gene Autry to Roy Rogers, and Buffalo Bob to the Power Rangers – you can view them all under one roof as you reminisce some of the fondest memories when you were young. Some of the few items on display in the museum include action figures, Disney collectibles and memorabilia, cast iron toys, board games, and much more that you don’t want to miss to visit and see.

Inside the world’s largest toy museum in Branson, you can step back into your childhood and remember the memories you enjoyed when you were young. This toy museum is home to thousands of amazing toys including exhibits of old trains, dolls, and puppets. Visitors to the museum will find it interesting to see old fashioned board games like Break the Bank and Clue. In addition to these games, young visitors will enjoy to see fun games like Cap Pistols, and Cushman motorcycles. There are also many miniature toys on display in the museum, ranging from General Lee from old television show, Dukes of Hazzard, to exciting action figures.

If you want to reminisce and peer into America’s amazing history of toys, visit the World’s Largest Toy Museum in Branson.


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What to Do in Branson this August


The season of summer is about to end, so have you had the time of your life so far? If you haven’t still, it’s not too late to catch up on what you have missed this summer. Plan your last hurrah for the summer now, and if you are looking for the perfect place to spend it on, look no further and have it in Branson Missouri. Branson is known to be the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest and it has all the activities and attractions that you will surely enjoy. Whoever you are going with, whether with family and friends, there are those fun stuff meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Your summer vacation may be late, but it will still be as awesome! Spend your August in Branson and take part in the activities lined up for the month. Branson is home to the water activities, theme parks, live music shows, and nature parks that are perfect for your summer adventure. What makes Branson more unique are its festivals and events. Some of the festivals happening in the area this August are Shepherd Summer Cruise, Annual Bikers and Babes, and the Southern Gospel Picnic. These are family-friendly events that people come back to Branson for.

The Shepherd Summer Cruise is one of the biggest events happening in Branson this August. This car display event features more than 500 cars and trucks for you to see. This event is held at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. Three days may not seem to be enough to appreciate all the cars and trucks on display in the Shepherd Summer Cruise. On the final day of the festival, there will be a midnight cruise of all the displayed vehicles along the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Be an early bird in this event so you get a good space to watch the cars parade down the hill.

Another festival in Branson this August is the Annual Bikers and Babes. This is held in Rockaway beach, which is in a lakeside town in the north of the Ozarks. Not only will you enjoy the bikers in the event, you can also have an awesome summer in the resort, shops, and restaurants in the area.

Lastly, the Southern Gospel Picnic in Silver Dollar City is one for the music lovers. This is music festival which features gospel music. For all to know, gospel music is very famous in Branson. This festival also features a food fair where you can taste sumptuous foods!

Make the last days of your summer count. Spend it with your loved ones. It is never too late for a summer vacation! Come and visit Branson this August. For more inquiries about the lodging places in Branson, just call Thousand Hills Golf Resort at 1-877-262-0430.

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Have the Most Romantic Wedding at the Titanic Museum!

If you want to cherish your loved one with great romance this fall season, visit the Titanic Museum in Branson that offers not only memorable and affordable vacation but also fantastic wedding packages. Titanic Museum in Branson could be the perfect place for your wedding reception and honeymoon. Have the chance to experience boarding a luxury cruise ship without the waves and the feeling of sea-sickness. The wonderful Grand Staircase and the hallway of the RMS Titanic were exactly copied to give each visitor a unique educational experience.Wedding at the Titanic Museum Logo

When you board the Titanic Museum, you will be issued a boarding pass. You will be handed information about the actual number of crewmembers and passengers of the ship. Once you are aboard this fantastic luxury ship, you have the opportunity to explore yourself the museum on your own. As you walk along the Grand Staircase, the hallways, the passenger cabins, and public rooms, you can feel how the passengers enjoyed that maiden voyage. The Grand Staircase of the RMS Titanic is the place where the rich and famous passengers usually pass before they come up to upper deck to converge for social function or shipboard dinner. This magnificent staircase was hand-crafted and built based on the original blue prints of the RMS Titanic.

On your visit to the Titanic Museum, you will learn how the third class cabins and first class suites were accommodated. How many slept in third class cabin? How much was the cost to travel in today’s standard? You will learn the answers on your visit to the museum. All guests can have the opportunity to come up to the ship’s bridge and see old equipments like compass, telescope, and the steering wheel. You can also take a virtual tour of the Titanic and see many interesting photos of the wreckage.  

The Titanic Museum features a gallery that keeps about 400 personal items from passengers. These personal items are displayed for the first time in the museum. The entire collection of these personal items from passengers has a value of over $4.5 million. The most amusing portion of your visit to the museum is the chance to touch the 28 degree waters, an iceberg, and a shovel “coal” in the boiler room of the ship. You can experience the sloping of the deck and the boarding to the lifeboat as the ship sank. There are over 2,208 names that are displayed and written on the wall at the Titanic Memorial Room.

The Titanic Museum added an interesting drama about murder history to give some fun to groups of guests. Each group must find out the killer of the mystery death of Officer William Garrett. Guests pose as Titanic passengers as they search the killer from among them. This amusing feature is an interesting experience for all guests touring the Titanic Museum.

If you are looking for a perfect place to spend a wonderful vacation or wedding celebration this autumn season, the Titanic Museum in Branson offers a memorable and affordable wedding reception and honeymoon.


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Fall Season is the Best Season to Spend with your Family in a Branson Cabin

Family  Day in a Cabin LogoBranson cabins at Grand Mountain are some of the most popular lodging accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort which are located in a tranquil and secluded spot along the hillsides of the Ozark Mountains.  These luxury Branson cabin lodgings provide quality and comfort living for the whole family or group of friends who want to enjoy a wonderful and relaxing vacation this fall season.  Staying at the Thousand Hills cabin accommodation offers guests top quality amenities with modern home furnishings. These Thousand Hills cabins are beautifully located near 76 Country Music Blvd. which are minutes away from the world famous live entertainment in the heart of Branson.

The perfect location of Branson cabins features unspoiled nature and crystal clear waters of the pristine lakes. These Branson cabins allow guests to enjoy a luxurious and comfortable living but affordable accommodation located in a calm and secluded place that offers a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere. Staying in these cabins at Thousand Hills Golf Resort gives you the opportunity to experience old tradition and hospitality in the Ozarks. As guest of the Thousand Hills cabin accommodation, you have the chance to play the most popular 18-hole golf course in the resort. The affordability of this Branson cabin and its beautiful location are some of the reasons why many guests fall in love with the place and return another time.

Some people think that the Thousand Hills accommodations do not give guests comfort and convenience. Not so with Branson cabin as it beautifully features high-end amenities that include free wireless internet access, cable TV, DVD players, Jacuzzi tubs, and rain showers. The cabins also feature open or screened porch that allows guests to view the beautiful wildlife scenery around the Ozark Mountains. The kitchen of each cabin is fully equipped with appliances, washer and dryer, dishes, pots and pans, and other kitchen ware and utensils.

Cabin accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson feature indoor and outdoor facilities that include exercise facilities and swimming pools. With so many exciting attractions, entertainment shows, and theme parks, guests will never be bored in the resort. If you are one of the sports enthusiasts visiting Branson this fall season, you can head on to the resort’s swimming pool, exercise facilities, or to the 18-hole golf course.

After you have enjoyed many exciting attractions and world famous live entertainment shows in Branson, you might want to go shopping at the new Branson Landing shopping district. Here, you have the opportunity to buy unique shopping items such as ladies’ and men’s accessories, souvenirs, and other personal items. You can also shop more at the Tanger Outlet Mall which is only a few minutes drive from Branson Landing.

If you want to experience a wonderful vacation this fall season in a cozy and comfy cabin with great ambiance of the natural scenery around the Ozark Mountains, come to Branson and stay at the best cabin accommodations of the Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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National Harvest Festival, a Festival of Fall Colors

Texas Trick Riders LogoNational Harvest Festival in Silver Dollar City is celebrated during fall season in Branson. Music and crafts of all kinds are featured in the National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City in September through October. The festival presents live music performances featuring western, country, and gospel. Craftsmen and artisans show their skills in glassblowing, basket weaving, natural wood dying, fabric weaving, painting, and barn wood birdhouses. The visiting craftsmen of 125 join together with 100 resident craftsmen in Silver Dollar City to create and demonstrate craftsmanship in the largest festival in the country.

This famous festival is combined with entertaining shows, exciting attractions, fine restaurants, and thrilling rides in the theme park at Silver Dollar City. Also known as the home of American craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City welcomes tourists from all walks of life who want to celebrate the National Harvest Festival at Ozark Folk Center. The festival is widely known as the most recognized craft festival in America and well known for its Halloween themed events, fireworks, and plays at Table Rock Lake.

Visitors who come to the festival during fall season can have the chance to see the fabulous Barn dance, live music shows, and many exciting events. There are also opportunities for visitors to learn new recipes and enjoy the savory taste of delicious foods served in the park at Silver Dollar City. From a humble beginning, Silver Dollar City became one of the top tourist destinations in the country. With the fantastic festivals, entertainment shows, and exciting events, the park have lured many visitors to come back another time.

From September 12 through October 6, the new Texas Trick Riders in the National Harvest Festival will showcase their fancy stunts, trick riding, whip acts, and trick shooting atop their robust stallions. This Western Stunt Show features a very talented and experienced stuntmen and women during the largest festival in the nation that features skilled craftsmen and artisans. Debbie Dance Uhrig, the master craftsman of Culinary Arts can teach any interested visitor some of her favorite recipes in the kitchen of the Culinary & Craft School.

A tribute to the American cowboy will also be part of the festival in Silver Dollar City. Famous performers such as the Riders in the Sky will be present for the duration of the festival. Kristyn Harris, Jimmy Burson, and Carolyn Martin Swing are among the entertainers who will be on stage during National Harvest Festival in Silver Dollar City. Another performance show of Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium in the festival will surely delight everyone in the audience. The fans of Gunsmoke television show will feel a wonderful moment when they visit the park. From September 18 to October 26, the beautiful pieces of cowboy art will be featured in the Frisco Barn at Silver Dollar City.

If you want to see many talented craftsmen and artisans show their skills in glassblowing, fabric weaving, painting and many other crafts, visit the National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson.


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Catch the Liverpool Legends in Branson Missouri


Enjoying the good old tunes of the Beatles live may seem to be almost impossible now. If you are a big fan of the Beatles, then you have to come down to Branson for some musical treat. Branson is known to be the live entertainment capital of the world and it is also known to have the best musical talents in town. For your vacation in the Midwest, one thing that you should not miss is Branson’s live music shows.

The Liverpool Legends in Branson are very much reminiscent of the best boy band in music history – the Beatles. Fans of the Beatles all over the world still keep the memories of their favorite music group in their hearts, and Branson Missouri lets the fans relive the Beatles experience with the show of The Liverpool Legends.

The Liverpool Legends aim to re-create the legendary boy band, and it is proven to be a success for the fans of the Beatles. Louis Harrison was the first one who started the Liverpool Legends. She was the sister of the late George Harrison, and she was also the one who picked the talents to form this group. Her idea of Liverpool legends is to be a tribute band for the Beatles that would go far than any other tribute bands ever created. Indeed, her vision came true with the Liverpool Legends. The group has been headlining their own show ever since 2006. Add to that the group’s numerous awards which includes Best New Show, Best Band, and Best Show. The fame of the Liverpool Legends even soared when they re-created the Beatles’ 1996 concert. This group is also a Grammy nominee.

The shows of The Liverpool Legends features your favorite tunes from the Beatles. Some of the songs that you would most probably hear are All You Need Is Love, Hey Jude, and many others. Some solo works by the Beatles are also sometimes performed in this show. Watching the performances of The Liverpool Legends also feels like you are watching a concert of the Beatles, since every minute detail in the costumes, stage design, and even instruments are well taken care of so you can experience the best of the Beatles from a tribute band. The men from The Liverpool Legends also tours the schools so they can perform with the bands, orchestras, and choirs. This is a way to help keep the Beatles music alive, and also part of the proceeds is donated to the school’s music department.

Head on to Branson now to witness this amazing Beatles group perform your favorite songs. It’s like travelling through time and watching a concert of the Beatles already. The shows of the Liverpool Legends are usually at Highway 76 in Branson. Reserve your tickets now for the Liverpool Legends shows by calling 1-800-666-6094.

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