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Free Branson Activities - Branson On a Dime!

A vacation in Branson doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many free or nearly free Branson activities within a short drive from Thousand Hills Golf Resort. My husband and I were both surprised how much our nephews enjoyed the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Conservation Center. It's a wonderful kid friendly free Branson activity. There are gumball machines filled with food to feed the trout for only 25 cents a pop. Nearby, across Table Rock Dam is the Dewey Short Visitors Center, with a nature trail that goes along the lake to the State Park Marina.

bransonlanding fire showDuring the summer there are free concerts at the Branson Landing, a fire and water show that is one of the most spectacular free Branson attractions, and clowns that make balloons for the children and other street performers.

On Sundays there are numerous free Branson Worship Services. There are so many great entertainers in Branson, and it’s not unusual to hear one of them singing on Sunday at an open service. Another free Branson show is The “Good News Gospel” with Leroy New and Friends which is at 9 a.m.Sundays, also at the “Little Opry Threater”.

Norma Jean of “The Porter Wagner Show” and “Grand ‘Ol Opry” fame have a free Sunday service at Cowboy Church and at the God and Country Theatre on Hwy 76. You never know who will show up and sing with her!

Dave Hamner of the Hamner & Barber Show and Wide World of Magic fame, recipients of many awards in the field of magic, just happens to also be an ordained Baptist minister, and has a morning service at his theater on Sunday, 10:00 a.m. He usually also offers all guests at his Sunday service a great discount off of any of the shows at his theater.

Barbara Fairchild also of Grand ‘Ol Opry fame and know for the Teddy Bear Song, has a free worship service at the Doug Gabriel Theatre located at 3750 W. Hwy 76 at 10:00 a.m. Barbara also has a great show at the Golden Corral for tips only.

Branson also has two wineries with free wine tasting tours. Try Stone Hill Winery or Mt. Pleasant Winery. Both are close together by the intersection of Green Mountain Drive and Hwy. 165., just a few blocks from the Branson lodging at Thousand Hills.

College of the Ozarks, known as “Hard Work U” has many free Branson activities that include Edwards Mill, a traditional working grist mill, and the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen where visitors can watch the students making the goodies & maybe even try a sample or two. Also view Williams Chapel which looks like it was transported from the Old Country, but was actually built by students of the college in 1956. The Ralph Foster Museum is low cost, and free for high school age and under, will entertain anyone for several hours. It has often been called “the Smithsonian” of the Ozarks.

While Branson is known for it's music, the other classical arts in Branson are well represented. And the best part is that almost all of these classic and modern arts can be seen for free!

Branson family activities are available for the whole family from 1 to 100. See some of the affordable options for your next family vacation!

These are just a few free Branson activity ideas to keep your budget tiny yet enjoy a gigantic, fun-filled Branson vacation

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They’re Always Biting When You Fish in Branson

Wouldn’t it be nice if fishing were as easy as Ernie from Sesame Street calling “Heeere fishy fishy fishy!” and having dozens of fish jump into your boat? Most fishermen will tell you that that is not often the case, but when you go fishing in Branson, the fish will certainly be biting, even if they don’t wind up leaping into the boat! The Branson/Tri-Lakes area offers some fantastic fishing that avid fisherman from around the country enjoy year after year. Where are some good spots to sink a line? Buy your gear? And what kinds of fish swim these waters? Read on to find out!

Brown Trout Caught in Lake TaneycomoWhere to fish: Table Rock Lake is a super spot to cast a line for some Branson fishing. This particular lake is well known for its bass population and its tendency to always have biting fish! There are numerous great spots along Table Rock’s shores to set down a picnic basket and a tackle box. Indian Point is a good location, along with the Table Rock State Marina, Table Rock State Park, and anywhere along the lake shore that is not specified as a fish hook free zone. For some terrific trout fishing, fish Lake Taneycomo. This lake is located below Table Rock, and Taneycomo’s waters are MUCH colder than Table Rock. A great spot to cast a line is right below the Table Rock Dam on the Taneycomo side – it is conveniently close to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery!

Where to buy your gear: If you are off to bait your hook, chances are that you will need to buy some fishing equipment! Fishing line, lures, jigs, hooks, sinkers, bobbers, nets, waders, and perhaps a new tackle box or fishing hat are probably on your list somewhere. Where is a good place to go to purchase your goods for your Branson fishing trip? Bass Pro on the Branson Landing is indeed a pro at supplying fishing equipment to visiting and area fishermen! Here you will find a versatile, useable selection of quality products, from outdoor clothing, to fishing poles, to the equipment you need to tie your own flies. If you are a fly fishing advocate, you’ll want to check out River Run Outfitters – they offer a full fly fishing shop and an expert guide service for a fly fishing experience you won’t quickly forget.

What fish you’ll find: There are a whole lot of fishy friends floating in the waters of Branson. Bass and trout are the most well-known species here – largemouth and smallmouth and striped bass, rainbow and brown trout are a big draw for tournament fishers every year. Other varieties for Branson fishing include: crappie, catfish, bluegill, sucker, carp, paddlefish, walleye, bullhead and warmouth. There is no shortage of fish to be pulled out of these lakes!

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert fisherman (or fisherwoman!), you will always find that the fish are biting on your Branson fishing trip!

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Groceries For Your Branson Condo Stay

There are a lot of benefits to staying in a Branson condo at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hill’s condos are conveniently close to town, to attractions, to the area’s famous lakes, and to hospitals in the event of an emergency. Condos also offer more of a homey feel than a hotel room – they come complete with kitchens, TVs, porches, washers and dryers – all the amenities of a home. With such great features, it is highly likely that you’ll want to stay in to cook meals instead of leaving the condo comforts to brave the traffic of Branson at the suppertime hour. So bring home some groceries from area grocery stores to your Branson condo!

Thousand Hills Kitchens: Part of the convenience of a Branson condo is that one of the amenities included in most units is a fully supplied, ready to cook in kitchen – all you need are the groceries. Condo kitchens come equipped with utensils, dishes, appliances and of course, a place to eat your meal! Branson condo kitchens make a great place for a home cooked dinner for two, or a potluck lunch for a family reunion, or simply a place to make a quick sandwich before hitting the green for a round of golf. Again, just add groceries from one of the following great stores!

Wal-Mart: There are two conveniently located Wal-Mart stores in Branson. One store is located on Highway 76, and the other store is on Branson Hills Parkway. Wal-Mart is a great option for not just food items, but for toiletries, clothing, and medicinal items. Their everyday low prices and large selection will provide you with many of your grocery needs in one convenient location. A photo center and a sporting goods center are also offered for customers.

Country Mart: For more groceries than goods, visit the Branson Country Mart located on Highway 248. Country Mart offers a big selection of meats –beef, pork, chicken and more!- and a large variety of fresh produce, from greens to fruits. Country Mart also features a bistro/deli counter, a Starbucks and a floral department. Money orders and payroll cashing are also services offered by Country Mart.

Price Chopper Groceries in BransonRhodes Family Price Chopper: The soon to open Rhodes Family Price Chopper on West Highway 76 is a family owned business that takes pride in building their employees from the inside out while offering the public great groceries and services! Keep watching their website and Facebook page for grand opening dates and store coupons.

Amish Country Store: For more specialty food items, visit the unique Amish Country Store located on Gretna Road. Here you can purchase Amish made favorites like jams, jellies and preserves, Jake and Amos Pickles, Amish noodles, honey, Amish Popcorn, Amish Beef Jerky, as well as flour, pancake mixes, and lots of tasty pie fillings like Red Raspberry, Chocolate and Key Lime. Bulk spices, salsa and spiced peaches line the shelves here too! The Amish Country Store also carries a wide variety of coffees, such as Chocolate Almond, The Branson Blend and Pralines and Cream.

There is no shortage of great locations where you can purchase groceries for your fully equipped Branson condo kitchen at Thousand Hills. You’ll want to cook ALL your meals in during your enjoyable stay!

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A Rainy Day in Branson at Thousand Hills

Branson Rain ShowerIt’s a rainy morning at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It’s just a prelude to the abundant sunny days that lay ahead as we welcome in the summer season. Even with the rain pounding a symphony against the lush greens and landscape, golfers peak from the doors of the Pro Shop hoping that the old saying “start raining before 7, ends by 11” rings true today.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and baked cookies sweeten the lobby air as our guests linger for just a moment to deliberate chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar or oatmeal raisin for their drive home. “Thank you” and “Safe Travels” are exchanged as our guests stay comes to an end…until next time.

The sky now begins to give way to just a glimmer of sunshine as golfers begin to bustle with anticipation. Laughter and conversations fill the lobby. Guests begin visiting with our concierge for today’s Branson entertainment. Families are checking out basketball and shuffle board equipment. Pool towels are flying off the shelf. Groups are filtering in to attend their meetings. Mulligan’s restaurant fuels golfers for their next nine. Stories are exchanged.

The afternoon transitions to evening as our new guests arrive. Just another day at Thousand Hills Golf Resort

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5 Branson Frequently Asked Questions

Branson is the perfect place to be in a getaway. Your vacation in Branson will definitely be hassle-free if your frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Branson will be answered. Read on to find the answers to your questions.

Branson FAQ 1: What are your nightly rental rates?

Rates differ according to the type of lodging that you will get and to the time of the year when you plan to visit Branson. Branson offers you a choice between a cozy and rustic cabin or a luxurious and posh condo unit for your place to stay in your vacation. The cost for the nightly rental of the condos and cabins also depend on how large the place you want to get. Going solo in a 1-bedroom cabin is much cheaper than in a 4-bedroom cabin that sleeps up to 16 people, of course. The same holds true for condo units. During peak seasons; however, expect the rates of the cabins and condos to be higher because there is a greater influx of tourists. Know the availability and the corresponding cost of renting a cabin or condo by visiting www.thousandhills.com. Always remember that the longer you stay in Branson, the cheaper the rate gets.

Branson FAQ 2: Is Thousand Hills Golf Course a public golf course?

Yes, the golf course in Thousand Hills Golf Resort is a public golf course in Branson. It is also known to be the best golf course there is in Branson. It features an 18-hole golf course which caters to any level - may it be for a professional or for a newbie. This public golf course also offers club rentals and assistance from golf professionals for you to learn more about golf or be a lot better in playing golf.

Branson FAQ 3: What types of condos and cabins can I purchase?

If you are looking for a vacation home in Branson, Thousand Hills has a variety for you to choose from. You can choose from townhomes, log cabins, condos, condos overlooking the golf course, or lakefront condos. You can also choose how large the cabin or condo you want to get. The cabins and condos range from 1 to 4 bedrooms. If you have a large family, getting a vacation home situated in a serene location, and at the same time spacious enough for all of you is simply the best choice you have. For mor information about owning a Branson vacation home, visit www.thousandhills.com/branson-real-estate.

Branson FAQ 4: What is the Platinum Experience?

The Platinum Experience is a privilege for the people who stay in Thousand Hills. No need to join any other promotions just to get the Platinum Experience. You just have to be a guest in Thousand Hills, and you can have access to Branson’s best shows, big discounts at Branson’s malls, and many more. Be a guest in Thousand Hills and receive all these perks. Surely, you get more than what you pay for.

Branson FAQ 5: Where is Thousand Hills located?

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is located at 245 South Wildwood Drive, Branson, Missouri. This is two blocks south of the Grand Palace Theater in 76 Country Boulevard. The location of Thousand Hills is very convenient for the guests because it is situated right at the heart of the entertainment, shopping, and dining centers in 76 Country Boulevard. Visit Thousand Hills now to experience the perfect lodging for your vacation.

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Start Planning for a Great Spring in Branson

There is nothing more relaxing than seeing the blooming flowers, the lush greens, and the cheerful chirping of the birds. This spells nothing else but spring. Spring is all about nature coming to life, and there is no place more apt to show you the wonders of nature than Branson Missouri. Spring in Branson is definitely one of the seasons that tourists look forward to since it has the best views of the Ozark Mountains.

You can enjoy each day with a perfect mix of warm and sunny and spring also surprises you with rainshower that gives off fresh foliage and blooms. If you are planning a spring break in Branson, then you are not making a mistake. Branson brings you the best of spring by giving you its world-class attractions and shows, along with the festivals that you must catch during your spring break.

For an awesome history-laden spring break, visit Branson’s museums and learn more about the place. However, you can also choose to go to unique museums like the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum, which features unbelievable but real artifacts and trivia, and the Titanic Museum, truly a delight for the 90’s kids who used to be and are still fascinated by the tragic story of the star-crossed lovers, Jack and Rose. For those who love gardening, visit the Country Inspirational Gardens. There is also the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery for those who love fish and fishing too. For the wine lovers, do not miss out on visiting the Stone Hill Winery during the spring to be able to see how the perfect wines are made. You can also opt to watch the famous Branson musicals acts and theater plays.

Branson Spring at Silver Dollar CityExperience spring in Branson at its very best by taking part in the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, which happens in late May. This festival takes place in Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most popular theme park. Also happening in Silver Dollar City is the Young Christian’s Weekend which features live entertainment from popular Christian artists. This is definitely great for church groups. Silver Dollar City also celebrates a World-Fest happening from mid-April to early May. Here in World-Fest, experience being immersed in other cultures as different acts come and offers you their own brand of music, their own taste of food, their own cultural dance, and of course, their crafts. Car lovers also need not fret. You can go out and enjoy spring break in Branson because there is a Branson Collector Car Auction. See the dream cars you fell in love with and you can also join the auction if you have some money to burn.

For a place to stay for your spring break in Branson, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It puts you in the heart of nature and at the same time you are just minutes away from the festivals and attractions in Branson. Reserve now and make Thousand Hills Golf Resort a part of your spring break.

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Never Too Early To Be Thinking About Summer in Branson

There is no other place more perfect to spend your summer than in Branson. A Branson summer vacation is the perfect reward you can give to yourself. Enjoy summer with your loved ones here in Branson with the numerous festive activities and the many pleasurable sights that the Ozarks has to offer you.

choosing-the-right-condoWake up in the morning with a cool fog from the Ozark Mountains – perfect to get you in the mood for an outdoor breakfast in your private deck. You can also start the day by some water activities that you can do in Branson’s tri-lakes area. It is best if you stay at a cabin or condo that is situated near the lake for you to have a tranquil view and a peaceful experience in Branson. It is also advantageous staying in a place near the lakes because you can easily go fishing or boating or swimming – whatever water activity you want to do is right within arms’ reach. Some popular summer activities among the tourists in Branson are scuba diving, canoeing, water skiing, and boating. These activities are perfect if you want to feel the summer heat.

If being in the outdoors is already beating you up too much, you can always opt to enjoy your summer indoors with Branson’s entertainment. You can go and watch the theater events, dance performances, musical shows, and theatrical plays that are available every day for you to enjoy your stay in Branson, the Live Music Capital of the World. You can catch the Hamner-Barber Variety Show for some treats for your eyes. This show features world-class magicians and their mind-boggling tricks, along with their own style of comedy. Or you can also opt to go see the Presley’s musical tradition that they have established in Branson. You can also bring out the theater enthusiast in you and go see the Sight and Sound Theater for amazing effects and a 3D theater experience - truly one of a kind! For a dose of great music, concerts by your favorite artists also frequent summertime in Branson.

Summer festivals are also one for the books. You should not miss the Annual Woodcarving Rendezvous, Mustang Rally, and Fiddlers Festival. Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most popular theme park, also celebrates National Kidsfest from mid-June to mid-July. To highlight your summer in Branson, make sure to catch the annual celebration of Fourth of July. A picnic festival, parade, and many other fun and festive activities occupy the day and is capped off by a grandiose display of fireworks. All these and many more festivals are happening in Branson during the summer.

Excited? Make your move now because Branson is heating up to give you the most memorable summer you will ever have. For an equally memorable place to stay during your vacation, reserve a condo or cabin in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Not only will you feel at home, you will also experience all the amenities and the convenience that you are looking for in a lodging place. Reserve at Thousand Hills now and get ready for the summer heat!

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4 Unforgettable Experiences While Staying in Your Branson Condo

When you decide to have a vacation in Branson, you are sure that you are not making a wrong decision. Branson is a place where you will never run out of things to do, shows to watch, and adventures to embark on. The heart of Branson’s entertainment and fun is in Highway 76, so when planning your vacation in Branson, it is best to get a place to stay near this area. This way, it would be more convenient for you to have fun and be able come home in a matter of minutes.Condo units in Branson MO

Branson offers you choices for your lodging so you are not stuck with getting a hotel room as your only option. Now you can also get to rent a Branson condo as your home away from home. Branson condos cater to your every need – it also has small units if you are going on a vacation alone or with your special someone, and it has large units if you are going with the entire family or with a large group of friends. This gives you the chance to experience hotel living without the hassle of getting multiple hotel rooms.

Branson condos can also give you memorable experiences with your loved ones. The premier place for condo rentals, Thousand Hills Golf Resort, is considered by many to be the best place to rent a condo and at the same time make some memories. Book a trip to Branson and rent a condo in Thousand Hills, so you can have one of these unforgettable experiences.

1.    Entertainment At Its Best

Branson boasts of world-class live musical shows, that is why it is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Music legend in Branson like the Presley’s, SIX, Baldknobbers, and many more have stood the test of time as they have entertained the Branson audience for almost 5 decades now. Until now, these musical legends never fail to amaze you with their undeniable musical talents, alongside their comedic antics onstage. Catch these music greats in Highway 76, and come home to your Thousand Hills condo minutes after the show is over, and take your much needed rest.

2.    Adventure All Day, Every Day

Branson is a place full of adventure, so you should enjoy every bit of excitement that it offers you. Enjoy the most fun theme park in Branson, Silver Dollar City, which features the Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster. Feel a different kind of adrenaline rush in every twist and turn, and ups and downs of the rides. Also, try to visit nature parks in Branson especially the Table Rock Lake State Park. Table Rock Lake is considered to be one of the most perfect lakes in Branson, so you are assured of a very refreshing feel. This nature park also has activities like boating, fishing, and swimming – all of them prove to be great bonding activities.

3.    Staying Close To Nature

Thousand Hills Brings you close to nature, even bringing you in nature’s arms itself. The condo units are near the golf course, so you have a good view of the lush greens. There are also condo units available near Table Rock Lake. The lakefront condos also give you the best view of nature by Table Rock Lake.

4.    Almost Feels Like Home

Your Thousand Hills condo is your home away from home. It has all the amenities you look for in a home, and it also gives you luxury living. The condos have fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, a cozy fireplace, cable TVs with DVD players, a spacious living room and a private deck. Surely, you can get the comforts you want from a home and at the same time enjoy all the things that Branson has to offer.

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One Bedroom Branson Cabin for a Romantic Getaway

Just as Branson, Missouri is famous for its shows and attractions, you may also find it a perfect vacation spot for you and your loved one. You can explore the beauty of the Ozark Mountains, dive into the depths of the pristine Table Rock Lake, or simply engage in a whole lot of fun in Silver Dollar City. For you to enjoy all of these, you would need to have a place to stay, and what better place to stay than at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. You can maximize your stay by choosing a one bedroom Branson cabin to spark that romantic mood during that perfect getaway.A one bedroom cabin in Branson Missouri

A one bedroom Branson cabin has the same amenities as the other Branson cabins. The 675 sq. ft. room is spacious enough and yet provides a truly intimate setting for the couple. It is a place of pure luxury that features the wooded romantic setting of a log cabin. The room has a fully furnished kitchen for cooking food for that romantic dinner for two at night. Then after enjoying your hearty meal, cuddle up and have a dreamy night in the softest bed. The next day, when you wake up to the soft sun light; enjoy the large two-person Jacuzzi in the open living room area. All of these are available in a one bedroom Branson cabin for your romantic escape.

The perfect one bedroom Branson cabin also includes other amenities to keep you entertained. The kitchen includes a microwave, oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, most small appliances, pots, pans, utensils, dishware, and a whole lot more. It includes an expansive living area with a large TV and DVD set which definitely come in handy during that lazy afternoon. You can also make use of the free wireless internet connection. Last but not the least, the log cabin has front and back porches that let you see the amazing scenery of the Ozark Mountains.

Enjoy the luxury of your one bedroom Branson cabin while not being far away from all the fun you can have in Branson. The log cabin is only minutes from the famous Highway 76 strip that features various shows and attractions. One of those attractions is the most visited theme park in Branson, MO Silver Dollar City, which features a great variety of thrill rides. It is also near great shopping malls, including Tanger Outlets, so you will not miss out on the latest fashion styles.

Maximize your stay with Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. And if you really want your romantic getaway to be perfect, better reserve a one bedroom Branson cabin. For more details and reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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The Perks of Spending Autumn in Branson

When the green leaves of the trees change color, you know just what time of the year it is already. The once green, healthy leaves become orange and eventually turn brown and fall on the ground. This signals the start of autumn. Finally, cooler weather and shorter days will be felt. This season is a great time to spend with your family and definitely the best place to spend is it at Branson, Missouri.Branson Missouri during the autumn season

In Branson, Missouri, your family can engage in all kinds of fun. Not one single day will be boring! The entertainment city, which is known all over the world, has many shows, rides, attractions, indoor and outdoor activities, and many more! Not to mention the delectable food that can be eaten at the unique restaurants in the city. A Branson autumn will certainly be worth your while with all the things you can do in Branson. And if you want to find out, check out the list below about the things that happen during this season.

National Harvest Festival

During the Branson autumn, the National Harvest Festival is held with hundreds of traditional craftsmen in the US and musicians, too! Visitors can enjoy the entertaining shows in the city, especially the shows at the famous theme park in Branson, Silver Dollar City.

Autumn Daze Craft Festival

In downtown Branson, hundreds of skilled craftsmen gather to display their talent to both the locals and visitors of the city of Branson. They exhibit the mastery of their craft that of which have made the creation of the finest hand-made crafts in the Ozark Mountains possible. This have always amazed people.

War Eagle Fall Fair

Just as hundreds of craftsmen exhibit their talent to the people, the War Eagle Fall Fair features their works of art in a fair. This was originally started to preserve the traditional arts and crafts forms but is now also open to entertain people. This has become the largest arts & crafts fair in the Ozark Mountains!

Veteran’s Homecoming in Branson

Branson paves its way to give honor to all the people who served the wars in which US was involved. This event has the whole town having parades, festivals, and special recognition at various shows for the people of the war. This is a must-see event in your Branson autumn!

Branson’s Thanksgiving Weekend

This weekend should not be missed by the visitors of Branson. You can either spend this holiday weekend to rest or to be with your loved ones. This holiday weekend is also the start of the Christmas shopping season at Branson. So if you want to start your Christmas season already check out the shopping malls in Branson, especially the new Branson Landing! You can also try the restaurants in the city, which serve unique Thanksgiving meals for you and your family. Watch out for this holiday weekend because this is also the start of the dazzling lighting displays of Branson in preparation for the much awaited Christmas season!

If you are looking for a place to stay, make the Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort your home away from home. You can maximize your Branson autumn with us by enjoying the great lodging rentals that we have. For reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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