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2014 Festivals at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City brings back the same festivals year after year because they’re favorites with visitors, but they change things up each year by offering something new or different. From different bands playing live music to new cooking classes, Silver Dollar City’s festivals offer plenty of fun and entertainment for all.

The first festival for 2014 will take you around the world with music, dance, and ethnic cuisine. WorldFest brings the best of the world’s performers to one park from Apr. 5 – May 4 for amazing varied entertainment. Silver Dollar City will host Benise – The Spanish Guitar as he pushes the limits of Flamenco music, along with the Ukrainian Via Romen and Irish harpist Dearbhail Finnigan. Drum and aerial dance troupe Amamos Argentina returns, along with knife dancers from Island Fire.

Spring brings warm weather and the opportunity to spend time at the backyard grill, and Silver Dollar City combines great BBQ with amazing bluegrass entertainers. From May 8 – June 1, the Red Gold Heritage Hall will be serving up hot BBQ favorites in the House of BBQ, and don’t forget to stop by Bottle Neck Bros. Sauce Shack to sample over 200 savory sauces. Plus, you’ll get to hear from the Queen of Bluegrass and her band – Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. The Boxcars, Special Consensus, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will also be making appearances during the festival. On May 24, Silver Dollar City will open the stage to the up-and-coming in bluegrass during the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest.

The bluegrass festival’s cousin, the Southern Gospel Picnic, is also returning to Silver Dollar City in 2014 from Aug. 22 – Sep. 1. Remember the days of country churches with the Bowling Family, Triumphant Quartet, and more. While you’re enjoying the music, treat yourself to some good southern cooking at the House of Chicken and Fixin’s with options like apple-glazed chicken, hickory smoked chicken, or southern fried chicken with all the trimmings.

Possibly one of Silver Dollar City’s largest and best festival, National Harvest and Cowboy Festival brings over 125 craftsmen to the park for a visit from Sep. 12 – Oct. 25. In addition to old-time crafts, the Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show returns for its third year. The Wild West Show returns with trick riders and ropers, Native American dancers, and more. Plus, an old favorite returns due to popular demand – the Western Barn Dance!

Last but certainly not least is An Old Time Christmas, which runs from Nov. 1 – Dec. 30, 2014. This holiday favorite is home to over 5 million sparkling lights, 1,000 lighted Christmas trees, Broadway-style productions, and an all-new Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade. You can enjoy the rides, weather permitting, as well as seasonal treats like wassail, hot apple dumplings, and cinnamon ice cream.

So if you’re going to be in Branson this year, Silver Dollar City’s festivals are a great way to spend a day (or even two)! For more information about the park, festival dates, hours, and more, visit

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Go to Branson’s Praise Fest this March


There are a lot of reasons to visit Branson. Aside from the live music shows and the attractions in Branson, your Branson vacation will also be made even more special with the special events happening in Branson. For this month of March, come and visit Branson for the Praise Fest!

The Praise Fest in Branson is a 3 day, 4 session event. There are evening sessions that begin at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday evenings. The morning sessions begin at 10 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and end at 1 PM. The Thursday sessions in the evening starts at 7 PM until 10 PM. This event will be held in Oak Ridge Boys Theater in 464 State Hwy 248, Branson, Missouri.

Get ready for hours of singing and good music. Make sure you got your jam when you go to this event so you can enjoy and participate in the activities. The Praise Fest in Branson this year has many great artists for you! The organizers of Praise Fest 2014 has already released an artist lineup schedule for the event.

For Thursday evening, at 7 PM to 10 PM, enjoy the music from the Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Hoppers, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. You will surely want more after a night of good music. For Friday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM, continue singing the songs of praise together with the Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. Since you have started your day with praise songs, why not end it with praise songs also. Friday evening, from 7 PM to 10 PM, you can experience really good praise songs from the Collingsworth Family, Gordon Mote, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, Tim Lovelace, and The Penny Loafers. The last session of the Praise Fest is on Saturday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM. The artists for that day will be Dr. Charles Stanely, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, The Penny Loafers, and 11th Hour.

Enjoy the music in Branson’s Praise Fest this March. And while you are in Branson, make the most out of your vacation time, too. Catch the famous live music shows in Branson featuring the homegrown talents. You can also try to go to the theme parks and nature parks in Branson like Silver Dollar City, Tracks Family Fun Parks, Table Rock State Park Marina, and many others. For your lodging needs for your Branson vacation, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. In Thousand Hills, you get to be close to the entertainment district in Branson and at the same time, you get to live in the caress of the Ozark Mountains. For more inquiries and for reservations in Thousand Hills, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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It’s Time for Visioncon 2014 in Branson


Calling all the gamers and anime fanatics out there! It’s time for you to visit Branson for the months of February to March this year for a very special event. The gaming, science fiction, fantasy, and anime convention is happening in Branson this February 28 to March 2, 2014. This is Visioncon 2014 that will truly bring out the kid in you.

The Visioncon for this year will be held at The Raddison in Branson Missouri. This is the time of the year when The Raddison Hotel in Branson is filled with magical and mystical characters. This 2014 may just be the biggest cosplay ever for Visioncon. You can go to participate in the cosplay event, or you could just be a spectator and have fun with the event itself.

This year’s Visioncon in Branson is being planned to be the killer experience for the anime enthusiasts and toy collectors. For those who are going to this event for the first time, you will surely enjoy being a newbie among the con-goers. Some events that you should watch out for in this year’s VisonCon staples in Branson are the Slave Auction, Best Buy Game Room, Anime Room, and the Masquerade Ball. VisionCon 2014 will also feature a free photo booth so you get to keep your precious moments in printed photos.

Branson is known to be the premier vacation destination because of its endless list of attractions and activities that will guarantee you hours and hours of fun and excitement. There are several attractions like Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous 1880’s themed amusement park. Make your Branson vacation for the Visioncon even more worthwhile by visiting other Branson attractions as well. You can also watch the live music shows in Branson that earned the place the title “Live Entertainment Capital of the World”. Take advantage of the moment to have that total Branson experience. One activity you can do after attending the Visioncon in the Raddison Hotel is to catch the intense games in the NAIA Basketball Tournament which happens in the month of March.

To make your Branson experience even more special, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to be your lodging partner for your vacation. Thousand Hills is located in Highway 76, where the entertainment district is located. Thousand Hills will also be the perfect place to stay in while you go to the VisionCon 2014 in Branson. You will get to experience the vacation vibes in Branson and at the same time, attend the gaming and anime convention that you wanted to attend.

Attend the biggest gaming and anime convention in Branson this year! See you in Branson this February 28 to March 2!

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New Dinner Show at Shepherd of the Hills

Do you like great music, hot and tasty home cooking, a typical down home, friendly Branson atmosphere, and a historic setting? Then you will certainly want to check out the new dinner show that is coming to the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead in Branson, Missouri, the live entertainment capital of the Midwest!

What with the Christmas on the Trail show being such a popular hit with sold out tickets year after year, New Trails, musicians extraordinaires, have decided to introduce a brand new show to cater (literally!) to their adoring fans! New Trails invites guests to join them at their Roundup on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show – book your tickets today for this Branson restaurant and show!

Roundup on the Trail features music reminiscent of what cowpokes would play round the campfire on the trail. Ballads from across the ocean, toe tapping jingles from dance halls and other great Western favorites will pay homage to the American Cowboy’s talent with song and verse, performed by talented cowboy musicians with a variety of musical styles, lots of musical instruments and spectacular harmonies. You’ll hear old country, new country, music fit for dancing and western gospel. It’s sure to have you singing along! You will also find yourself chuckling at the New Trails cowboy comedy – it’s bound to be a great time!

You won’t only get a great show here at the Roundup on the Trail; you will also get a fantastic meal, cooked on a real authentic 1880s chuckwagon! Get ready for a plate the size of Texas, piled high with Slow Smoked Texas Brisket, sweet and smoky Maple Smoked Turkey Breast, a big scoop of Campfire Baked Beans, Dutch Oven Trail Taters, a flaky, buttery roll, a Fire Roasted ear of corn, Hot Dutch Oven Cobbler, and your choice of tea, a cup of joe, soft drink, or water.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better Branson restaurant and show that offers guests such great food and entertainment – so make plans to attend the Roundup on the Trail show today!

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A Promise of Forever for the Whole Family in Promised Land Zoo

Promised Land Zoo in Branson is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1999. It began with just a few animals and now it has over 500 animals and expanded to more than 120 acres. The zoo is open daily from 9am to7pm year round. Visitors can bottle feed animals daily at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. There are hundreds of animals from all over the world that represent 50 species. There are Kangaroos, antelope, deer, lemurs, tropical birds, large replies and many more. Rescued large reptiles and tropical birds can be seen inside the zoo.Promised Land Zoo Logo

Promised Land Zoo is a complete fun and a great adventure for family with kids. School buses and charter buses as well can be accommodated inside the zoo. The zoo offers personal tour so you can get up close and personal with the animals. Bottle feed a camel, a monkey, or hear stories of the zoo from your personal tour guide. Some animals are in large pens that you can toss them food.  The goats and ponies are amusing creatures. Few parrots have impressive language that is fun to talk to.

The petting zoo can let you get up close and feed goats, horses, porcupine, tortoise, hogs and much more. When you drive through the property, you will be greeted by emus, deer, buffalo all looking for some food. You can buy various sizes of food at the shop. As you drive along, you stop for awhile and feed the animals every time they come close. The animals are not shy and will come to your window and eat the food out of from your hands. If you have ample time, you can drive for an hour and enjoy looking at the animals.

The Promised Land Zoo is a truly bizarre place. In just one minute you’re in the middle of the wooded hills of the Ozarks, the next minute you see herd of zebras while buffalo eyeing you and ostriches chase your car. The zoo has monkeys, big cats, and all other kinds of animals.

Going to Promised Land Zoo, be sure to bring camera with you – you may love to snap some photos of Forrest Hump (a baby camel), an adorable Zebra, and the squirrel monkeys. Other baby popular baby animals is an Olive Baboon named Calamity Jane that animal show performer Jungle Josh performer fed and raised by himself. The zoo also has the world’s largest albino Burmese Python.

All visitors are welcome to walk around the zoo, ask questions, or take pictures. The zoo has the Parakeet Paradise, a screened house full of exotic birds. The zoo also feature live animal shows daily  at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm where Jungle Josh and his helpers take out all kinds of fascinating animals for visitors to feed while Jungle Josh teaches you about each unique animal. The zoo has facilities of gift shop full of fun nature themed items such as stuffed animals and zoo themed merchandise.

So if you are looking for something unique and different to enjoy, something exotic on the wild side, come to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

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Branson Spring Break Means Spending Time with the Family

Branson Spring Break is a great time to experience a family-focused attractions jam-packed with entertainment options and some of the best outdoor activities in central United States. Branson is one of the best tourist destinations in the Midwest as it is beautifully connected with the three lakes namely, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. With the three lakes around the area, you can imagine how vast the exciting outdoor and water sports activities offered around the lakes.

During spring time in Branson, when rain showers pour in the Ozarks, lush greens will flourish while dogwoods, redbuds and wildflowers bloom. Branson’s family attractions and world-famous entertainment shows and beautiful theme parks introduce new features, exciting acts, and new exhibits. Branson and the lakes area are really a perfect family-friendly spring break destination.

RiverBlast LogoSpring Break Events in Branson, Missouri is going to be the most exciting Spring Break in history. Experience the most exciting and thrilling multi-level go-kart tracks and the new thrill ride RiverBlast at Silver Dollar City that will give you an unforgettable ride of your life. The park has about 30 thrilling rides and 40 shows to entertain kids and adults, a play area with climbing nets, treetop fun houses, sand tables, and a carousel. Styled after a 1800s Ozark town, the park also offers educational opportunities, such as a visit to Culinary & Craft School classes, Marvel Cave, and a chance to watch craftsmen creating items from blown glass.

Other exciting attractions in Silver Dollar City Amusement Park include  The Track Family Fun Park (good for multi-level go-kart tracks), and a museum visit of your choice that includes the Hollywood Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. In the Hollywood Wax Museum you can have the chance to pose beside the wax figures of some famous Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, a leather clad James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

In the evening, you might want to attend a wonderful show with dinner at the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. Each guest will all get their own roasted chicken and several side dishes while watching a very entertaining and extraordinary show. The live music shows with costumed southern bells, 32 trick horses, and Civil War soldiers, pay tribute to America while providing the best cuisine, wholesome entertainment, and comedy for people of all ages.

During your spring break in Branson, you can also visit the Ozark Mountain Spring festival with a wide variety of events that await you in the Branson/Lakes Area. One of the events includes the WorldFest at Silver Dollar City featuring cuisines from classic foods to home favorites.  The festival also features sporting events of the NAIA College Basketball Championship and FLW Bass Tournament.

The nicest things you’ll find out at Branson Spring Break are the panoramic view around the lakes and the beautiful scenery of the Ozark Mountain.  If you want to take a break this spring season, come to Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.

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Have a Great and Educational Time in Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery this springtime


If you want to experience and see the most significant trout manufacturing hatchery in Missouri, visit the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery this springtime in Branson. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout-rearing hatchery in the country. The fish hatchery is located in Taney County near the Table Rock Dam.


The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery was created  in 1957 and it is in 1958 that fish were made available in the facility. One million trout every year is generatedShepherd of the Hills Hatchery Logo normally in the hatchery with a total weight of 300,000 lbs. The hatchery production of 80 percent goes into Lake Taneycomo and the other 20 percent to other Missouri trout-management areas.


The fish hatchery offers guided tours weekdays with scheduled times at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. The hatchery features 50-seat auditorium, pavilion and picnic tables, and wildlife-viewing blind and tower. The hatchery also features a staffed visitor center that displays exhibits. The place has about 3 miles of hiking trails through glades and forests.


Brown and rainbow trout are some of the species that is hatched in the fish hatchery. Brown trout that originated from Europe and the British Isles, was introduced into the country as early as 1883. About 200,000 brown trout were introduced from 1927 to 1933 in Missouri. Stock efforts were made in the 1960s in the Current and North Folk rivers, expanding to other Ozark streams and Lake Taneycomo. Brown trout is a sleek fish with soft-rayed fins and small scales. Its dorsal fin is in round black spots with small orange or red spots surrounded by a lighter halo. Rainbow trout is very much similar to brown trout with some difference in sizes of black spots and small orange or red spots.


The output of brown and rainbow trout are the principal fish provided by the hatchery to supply the operations needs of the Conservation Departments. The unit takes a crucial role in providing eggs and fingerlings for grow-outs at various Conservation Department facilities. The fish hatchery covers more than 200 acres. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery entertains about a quarter of a million tourists every year and gives a variety of information and facts about the hatchery to the general public.


Table Rock Lake is the main source of water used at the fish hatching facility. It is supplied by way of the law of gravity. Fish development levels are all covered by the fish hatchery. The hatchery facility has bottle type incubation devices as well as fiberglass along with aluminum tanks. The facility uses a dozen exterior concrete channels for intermediate rising, and the end raising is finished with thirty cement channels.


The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery provides millions of tourists yearly the opportunity to see the educational nature of the hatchery that promises future generations to learn the importance of fishing in Missouri. If you plan to visit Branson anytime soon, come to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.


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Fasten your Seat belts with the Intense, Maximum and Ultimate Thrill at Xtreme Racing Center

There is one great attraction in Branson, MO where you could explore and improve your talents in the field of driving. Actually, this is the newest. With so many tourists coming in, great outdoor experiences for an anxious traveller will just fit to his chosen taste of hobby. And the Xtreme Racing Center is irresistible!

Xtreme Racing LogoThe world class go-karting race is equipped with the latest high tech Sodi kart race. And the maximum speed is 40 mph. For adults and children, the go-karts are of different types. Usually, the big go-karts are for adults and the maximum speed is set for safety reasons. The kids have their own small go-karts with a minimal speed set too!.

It will be favorable for you if you have brought with you safety helmets for your kids, their complete gears and the shoes. But rentals are always at the counter, which attend to your needs or if you don’t have some either. In order to avail of some discounts, it is advised that you buy a bundle of card credits, where you will enjoy the race with your kids or your family. Price ranges from US$ 12 to US$ 19 , depending on how many minutes you would choose.

Your speed, together with your kids are recorded, and you may be listed in the charts if you and your kids have made an exemplary performance. Even if you go back next year, you will be entitled to such a big discount and membership. Or you may join in the annual competition for adults and kids separate. And best of all, you will be known. Who knows, your new-found talent with your kids will make you famous someday!

Safety tips and the safety system of the complex are excellent since a round of excellently- pooled staff are always ever present to preclude minor accidents. The race course are protected with rubber edges , and thus any minor bumps or thugs are not so prevalent.

So if you are in Branson, MO , do not think twice in getting the race at Xtreme Racing Center only in Branson, MO during your wonderful escapade this Christmas. It will be a total fun, complete with educational training and early driving skills for your kids. You are not at a lost. Everybody wins!

Yes, believe me. You will be exhausted with the great joy and experience the moment you try the race. As if you are in a world competition of racing. It is so much exhilarating. Your little kids will love it. And your children too. How wonderful to see if you do this rare activity with the whole family. This is an absolute fun and excitement and thrill open to all and for all ages!

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Shop in Tanger Mall’s Spring Sidewalk Sale


A lot of people say that the season of spring may just be the perfect season to visit Branson Missouri. Not only because of the fact that it is the entertainment capital of the Midwest; you can now make shopping as another reason for your visit to Branson. Shopping may not be the first thing that might come to your mind when talking about Branson, but after your vacation, it just might.

Shopping in Branson is already a whole day’s activity on its own. Branson has the best shopping malls and outlet centers where you can find the best bargains and discounts while getting quality items too. As you plan your spring vacation in Branson, include shopping in your itinerary. One mall in Branson where you can find some good discounts for your spring season shopping is Tanger Outlet Center. Tanger Mall has a lot of shop that will cater to everybody. Some of the shops that you can find in Tanger Outlet Center are Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Chico, Coach, Converse, Ecco, Fossil, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Levi’s, Nautica, Nine West, Osh Kosh, Polo Ralph Lauren, Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans, and many more. This is truly the perfect mall where you can stay updated with the latest fashion finds. There are also shops for the fashion savvy kids. Aside from the shops, Tanger Outlet Center has also become a home to the best restaurants in Branson. Your visit to Tanger Outlet Mall will also make your tummy happy.

During the spring season, Tanger Mall has a Spring Sidewalk Sale to give you big, big discounts! The Spring Sidewalk Sale is a two-day event where you can get the best deals ever! This event starts on April 18 until April 19, 2014. This is the perfect opportunity to get that outfit that you have always wanted at a discounted price. Make sure that you get to participate in the first sidewalk sale of Tanger Outlet Center in 2014.

To make it more convenient for your stay in Branson, stay in a lodging place that is close to Tanger Outlet Center. Choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort! Thousand Hills is located in the famous Highway 76 strip, which is also the entertainment district of Branson. During the Spring Sidewalk Sale, expect heavy traffic in the main streets of Branson so it would be the best idea to stay in a place close to the mall.

Aside from the convenient location of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, you are also offered various lodging options to make your vacation even more relaxing and fun. It has nightly rentals of Branson log cabins, Branson golf front condos, and Branson lake front condos. In Thousand Hills, you always have the option with the lodging place that will suit you and your company.

Make the most of the Spring Sidewalk Sale in Branson! Book your trip to Branson now and shop till you drop in Tanger Outlet Center! 

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Spend the Spring Season in Branson


The season of spring lets you see and appreciate more the gifts that nature has bestowed upon us. See the flowers in full bloom and roam around the green pastures.  With the moderate warmth that the weather brings, this is the best time to visit the famous vacation destination of the Midwest – Branson Missouri.

Daytime in Branson has crisp temperatures, which falls between 50 to 80 degrees, and nighttime in Branson is chilly. Be prepared to experience occasional rainshowers, which is also one of the reasons why there are lovely foliage and blooms in Branson throughout the spring season. Even in the spring, there is no shortage of activities to do and sights to see in Branson.

Spring season brings out the best in the golf courses in Branson. Play a game of golf in one of the best golf courses in Branson, Thousand Hills Golf Course and Resort. Thousand Hills is very well known for having a golf course that caters to different skill levels. It also has club rentals and you can also opt to have the services of a golf professional to help your game get better.

While you are in Branson, make sure that you catch come of its live music shows. You are in the live entertainment capital of the world, after all. For some entertaining indoor activities, watch the live shows of Branson’s outstanding talents like the Dutton Family, the Baldknobbers, Shoji Tabuchi, and The Cat’s Pajamas. There are also some theaters to give you a new rendition of your favorite Bible stories. One of these theaters is the Sight and Sound Theater. There are a lot of places to go to in Branson to widen your entertainment horizons while getting to know more about the place itself.

The outdoors in Branson never fail to give you that adventure that you have been craving for. Make the best memories with your loved ones in Branson’s nature parks. Places in Branson like the Table Rock Lake State Park Marina are also very suitable for some picnic activities with the whole family. To expose yourself to different kinds of plants, visit the Country Inspirational Gardens. For those who are interested in various forms of aquatic life, visit the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. You can also learn something new by dropping by Stone Hill Winery. Learn about how wines are made and what makes a good wine.

Apart from these attractions in Branson, you can also attend some festivals happening during the spring season. One of these festivals is the World-Fest and the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City, which will surely be an exciting one.

For your lodging needs, go to the trusted Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Be one of the happy and satisfied customers whose Branson vacation was even made more special. For inquiries and reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430. 

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