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The Thousand Hills Golf Resort Redesign Completion Grand Opening

2020 Golf Experience Today

Branson Golf 2020In 2009 we obtained a master plan from our architect.

In 2010 we asked our customers, “What would enhance your golf experience?”

In 2011 and 2012 we combined the architects plans with your comments and made the changes

In 2013 we are unveiling the finished product, the “2020 Golf Experience”

So, what is the 2020 golf experience? As we collected and analyzed information from all of the sources we reached out to, it became quite evident what the most important factor that we needed to address was our customer’s most valuable asset--their time. And as we began to dig deeper into the equation not only did we need to take time into consideration but we also needed to look at the quality of our customer’s time on the course. The golf course is always in great condition and the level of customer service that we provided was second to none so how did we implement a plan that was directed by the customer’s quality of time? We thought about what we were doing and it did not take us long to figure out that although we were not terribly far off of our goal of increasing quality of time, there were definite areas that we could improve on and certain processes we could change to align ourselves with the golfer of today and tomorrow, the 2020 golfer. From that came our final implementation plan that centered on our interpretation of where our customer’s values would lie by the year 2020. The final product, the “2020 Golf Experience Today.”

What was changed at Thousand Hills to enhance the customers time and quality? Thousand Hills is located in the center of the theater district in Branson Missouri and has a unique layout that incorporates golf with the beauty of the Ozarks Mountains so no changes were needed there. Changes were addressed in most other areas of the golf operation. Some of the changes were subtle but some involved major construction or equipment purchases to obtain the final goal of providing the “2020 Golf Experience.” Here’s a list of the main changes that were made at Thousand Hills, broken down into three categories, maintenance, accessibility and speed of play.

 

Branson Golf Resort Clubhouse from AfarMaintenance:


--A specialized mower was purchased with a contour deck to allow lowering the height of rough by close to an inch to aid ball locating and increase the percentage of quality shots.
--The same mower was found to be significantly faster than initial mowing methods and allow for the rough to be cut twice as often keeping the rough at the desired height longer.

 

 

Accessibility:


--An innovative new flag accessibility system was implemented to allow greater access to the golf course for senior players. Instead of a single handicap flag, an additional flag, “senior flag,” was added to allow seniors to drive on fairways at times when normal traffic is prohibited.
--A cart path was rerouted on an intensely hilly green approach to allow a shorter walking distance and close to zero degree entrance to the twelfth green.
--With the same project the distance was also shortened and a near zero degree entrance to the thirteenth tee was created.
--A round about was added behind the sixth green to shorten the length of walking travel to the green and add a nearly level access point.

 

 

Speed of Play:


--The final leg of the process was to reroute the course. This change stems from several factors. First, the easiest (2) and hardest (3) holes occurred back to back and very early in the round. It was decided to change the routing of the course to move the hardest hole later in the round when the golfer is warmed up and more able to attack one of the toughest par 4’s in Missouri. Second, the course will flow better with shorter distances between holes and a more intuitive route.

 

A fourth category called fluff could be added to the list. A new fleet of Yamaha golf cars was added in 2011 and with all of the changes that were made it didn't make much sense to use carts that were not new. Over the winter Thousand Hills Golf Resort staff negotiated intensively with Yamaha and was able to put a fleet of new 2013 golf cars in place to be the “icing on the cake” of the 2020 Golf Experience.

When totaled, Thousand Hills Golf Resort ownership committed more than $250,000 above normal yearly operating expenses to complete the project. Over the first week of April 2013 Thousand Hills will be introducing the finished project with a huge event. There will be golf specials that have never been offered before to thank customers for their patience and to celebrate the dawning of a new golf age.

Celebrate and experience the future of golf today with these specials the first week of April 2013
--4/2 Tuesday: 2 for 1 all day
--4/3 Wednesday: Ladies play for cart fee +tax ($18.00 +tax) after 11:00 A.M.
--4/4 Thursday: Seniors (over 55) pay only cart fee +tax for 18 holes of golf ($18.00 +tax)
--4/5 Friday: Four for the price of three
--4/6 Saturday: Everyone pays only cart Fee +tax for 18 holes of golf ($18.00 +tax)
     Play with Shoji foursome event
     $2,500 hole in one on 17
     Pancake breakfast with your tee time before 8:00A.M.
     Closest to the hole prizes
--4/7 Sunday: $25.00 includes 18 holes of golf and power cart + tax

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Branson Family Reunions - Fun For the Whole Family

Your family is trying to plan a reunion. But… not every single one of your many aunts, uncles, and cousins will fit in your house. Plus… there’s not really anything particularly entertaining about your hometown. You’re getting the feeling that this reunion is going to be more stressful than you had hoped. Before you get a headache, take a look at what Branson has to offer your family.

Branson Family ReunionsBranson is a premier location for family fun. Its proximity to Table Rock Lake makes it an excellent destination for family fun on the water. Boating, fishing, and other water sports are great means of family entertainment. Midwest Living magazine has named Branson its top pick for lakeside family reunions. Branson is also home to over 100 shows that includes the incredible Acrobats of China, The Haygoods, the Hamner Barber Variety Show, and Joseph at Sight and Sound Theaters. Many of Branson’s shows offer discounted ticket prices to large groups. Booking early can help you get the best price on your tickets. Silver Dollar City is another option for family fun during your reunion. Depending on when your family is planning on being in town, you may be able to plan to take in one of Silver Dollar City’s many festivals including the upcoming Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in May.

Branson is also home to some first class lodging-and you're not just limited to hotels! Thousand Hills Golf Resort gives families different options for their Branson vacation or reunion. Thousand Hills offers condo and cabin rentals to larger groups. These condos and cabins are located just minutes away from Highway 76 and downtown Branson. Condos range in size from smaller suites to 5 bedroom townhouses, and cabins can comfortably sleep up to 16 people. Your family could easily stay in a single condo or cabin, and you will be able to enjoy your time with your family in the privacy of a condo or cabin. Thousand Hills offers many amenities to guests. Cabin amenities include jetted tubs, fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, free wireless internet, and screened in back porches. Cabins at Thousand Hills start at only $129 per night. Condos offer access to many swimming pools and a 24 hour fitness center. These units start at $74 per night. Thousand Hills also boasts one of Branson’s favorite golf courses, so your family can enjoy a day on the fairways during your reunion. With so many options, your family can easily find a place to stay and play.

To make the job of planning all of these details even easier, there are numerous handy Reunion Planner Kits available to help you make decisions about where to stay, what shows to take in, and what restaurants to choose while staying in Branson. These guides include a current Branson Vacation Guide, a Show and Attraction Guide, and a specialized guide for planning reunions in Branson. Professional travel planners in Branson can also be a big help in planning your trip to Branson. Other resources are available to help you plan the best family reunion.

So before you give yourself a headache, look toward Branson, Missouri for family entertainment that will provide your family with memories that will last a lifetime.

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365 Days to Honor Veterans in Branson

Most of Branson's residents and tourists recognize the sacrifice our armed forces have made to keep our country free and prosperous. The city of Branson celebrates those sacrifices each year with the Branson Veterans Homecoming, an event that welcomes veterans and their families for a week of entertainment and festivity especially to honor them. Scheduled for November 5 – 11, 2013, shows like 3 Redneck Tenors, the Acrobats of China, the Baldknobbers, and Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express will be participating in the Branson Veterans Homecoming. The Veterans Village will return to the Red Roof Mall shopping center, and Welk Resort will host the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall again in 2013. Other great events are planned throughout the week of celebration.

However, throughout the year many Branson businesses honor these men and women. Many of Branson’s shows also include a tribute to veterans during their performances. During the Branson Veterans Homecoming celebration and throughout the month of November, businesses will seek to honor this nation’s veterans with special offers and discounts. In 2012, Branson was named a “Purple Heart City”, the first in Missouri, and is known for being one of the most veteran friendly cities in America on a day to day basis. Branson welcomes veterans and are inspired by how much these men and women do for our country and our freedoms.

Additionally, multiple organizations reach out to veterans and families. An organization called Branson Veterans Events and Reunions coordinates events throughout the year to honor veterans. This not-for-profit organization helps organize Color Guards, Honor Guards, and even buglers for special events. Branson Veterans Events and Reunions wants to help groups of veterans and their families plan their vacations and reunions in the Branson area. The people at Branson Veterans Events and Reunions want to help say “Welcome Home, Thank You for your Service, and we’re glad you’re here.” On April 7, 2013, Branson Veterans Events and Reunions will be hosting a free event for veterans and their families at the Clay Cooper Theater. For more information about this organization, visit www.bransonveteransevents.com or visit their Facebook page.

Another of these organizations is the Branson Veterans Task Force. This veteran-to-veteran organization hopes to bring veterans together, and to honor them in a significant way. One way the Branson Veterans Task Force does this is by providing individuals and businesses with the opportunity to sponsor a flag on Branson’s Avenue of Freedom for a veteran, active military member, police officer, firefighter, or first responder. Each flag flies for 90 days; when that period is over, the flag will be shipped with a certificate to the recipient, and the recipient’s name will appear on the Avenue of Freedom Wall of Honor page located on the Branson Veterans Task Force website. For additional information, please visit bransonveteranswebsite.com

Whether you’re in Branson in November or June, please remember to thank our veterans, our active military personnel, our police officers, our firefighters, and our first responders who work day in and day out to keep our families, our homes, and our freedoms safe. If you meet a veteran, thank them for the time they spent upholding the ideals of this nation, and pray for those who are still fighting for the same reasons. Remember those who won’t be coming home, honor those that did, and honor those who are on their way back.

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Thousand Hills Branson Golf Course Gets a Makeover for 2013

For twenty years, Thousand Hills Golf Resort has provided their guests with the best golf experience and condo and cabin rentals in Branson. This 18-hole golf course is nestled in the heart of Branson, just off of Highway 76. Over 25,000 golfers visit the course each year, and many guests return to Thousand Hills time and time again.

branson-golf-courseAccording to a press release, Thousand Hills Golf Resort has been making some changes to its course over the past year. In 2012, the resort began offering senior flags to guests who are 55 years old or older. This allows them to drive in the fairways when others cannot. The response to the change was a positive one. Guests liked the convenience of taking fewer steps to get to their ball.

New golf carts and cart paths have also been part of the changes Thousand Hills has made. Because the golf course is situated in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, the terrain can be tricky to navigate. Some holes on the course play downhill, and cart paths were previously situated at the top of these hills. Now the cart paths extend right down to the hole, and golfers no longer have to walk down a flight of stairs during their game. An interview with Chad Hamlet revealed that he and his son Gabe find their golf game much more convenient with the new cart paths in place. Thousand Hills hopes to continue to make their guests’ golf games even better with the newly re-routed course. Hamlet said that a game of golf (18 holes) typically takes 4 to 5 hours. With the route changes, Thousand Hills hopes that a game of golf will now take 4 hours or less.

Additionally, Thousand Hills has given guests options when reserving tee times. Hamlet said that the Thousand Hills website has made reserving a tee time online especially easy, and that their system is user friendly and easy to navigate. While at thousandhillsgolf.com, Hamlet recommends signing up for Thousand Hills e-mails. He said that there are great specials available just by signing up. Guests can also call to reserve their tee time.

Finally, Thousand Hills is having a party April 1 – 6 to celebrate the changes that have been made to the golf course. This will be the first time that guests will have the opportunity to play with all of the new changes in place. Great deals will be available on food, merchandise, and golf throughout that week. Thousand Hills appreciates their guests’ patience as they have worked on these changes for the last couple of years.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is located just 2 blocks south of the Grand Palace and the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre off Highway 76 in Branson. To reserve a tee time, call 1-877-262-0430 or go online to thousandhills.com/branson-golf.

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The Perks of Living in Branson

Over 2 million people visit Branson each year, and over 10,000 people are living in Branson. Half of its visitors come from over 300 miles away. In the last 10 years, roads have been improved to make for safer travel in Branson. There are over 40 theaters, 3 pristine lakes for outdoor recreation (Taneycomo, Table Rock, and Bull Shoals), 13 golf courses (8 are championship courses), Branson Landing with over 100 retail shops, 2 outlet malls, 125 restaurants, and over 16,000 rooms available in the Branson area. What do all of these things have in common?

They’re all great reasons to visit, and they’re also great reasons to live in Branson. Residents of the area love the proximity to their favorite stores, shows, attractions, and hobbies. Chad, Therese, and Gabe Hamlet have lived and owned a small business in the Branson area for a number of years. Therese sat down and talked about some of the best perks of living in the “Live Music Capital”.

One of Therese Hamlet’s favorite things about Branson is that it has the amenities of a big city, but the environment of a small town. Locals are close to all of the shopping, shows, and attractions that Branson has to offer, but according to Hamlet, seeing the same people in the grocery store week after week is normal, and even seeing some of Branson’s stars isn’t uncommon either. “You realize that they [the stars] are still real people,” Hamlet said. Living in Branson also gets you close to award winning golf courses like the one located at Thousand Hills and the beautiful Table Rock Lake.

Hamlet also said that Branson is one of the only places she knows that offers discounts just for living in the area. Since many of the locals living in Branson frequent small businesses or are even small business owners themselves, shows and attractions offer discounts so that locals have the opportunity to spread the word about new shows, attractions, and even restaurants. Word of mouth advertising is great for small businesses in the area, and locals are usually the first to hear about and try something new. Hamlet said that small businesses feel each other’s pain when business is slow, and they try to help each other by using that word of mouth when tourists ask about the best places to shop and eat.

For young couples and families, Branson has some of the best schools in Missouri. Hamlet said that because of Branson’s tax revenue, the school district has more resources and opportunities to offer its students than some other schools. According to the Branson Public Schools website, the district is home to over 4,500 students divided across 4 campuses located in the Branson area. It’s no wonder that the district is growing. Neighborhoods in the Branson area are also very safe. Hamlet and her family live outside of the Branson city limits, and she said that their neighborhood is very safe. Friends of Hamlet’s live in town, and according to Hamlet, the neighborhoods inside the city limits are just as safe as the one she lives in.

If you’re looking to move, take a close look at what living in Branson can offer you. With the big city amenities and the small town atmosphere, your family just might love it here.

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downtown-hollister-missouriHollister, Missouri Offers Options for Tourists Too

The promise of fabulous entertainment and family fun may bring you to the Branson area, but make sure not to overlook some other options in the surrounding area for an experience you will never forget. Hollister, Missouri, located just over the Hollister Bridge from the Branson Landing has many different options from quaint shops holding unique one-of-a-kind pieces, to restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. Hollister has a lot to offer you during your stay in Branson.

Shopping

There are many different stores and thrift shops in Hollister; Apparel 65, Ye Olde Antique and Flea Market, Green Lantern Antiques, and Downing St. Furniture to name a few. Each shop gives you a little something different. Of course, thrift stores are always waiting with surprise finds, but the thrift stores located in Hollister have been around for years and are established thrift stores hold especially unique items. Downing St. Furniture serves the community in bringing in quality home wares and specialty furniture, all at affordable prices. Apparel 65 is Hollister’s alternative to chain stores; they offer some of the trendiest pieces including Miss Me jeans. All of these shops and thrift stores keep different hours. Call the Hollister Chamber of Commerce for more information at 417-334-3050.

Hook & Ladder Pizza Co.

Completely like what you think a pizza restaurant should look like before stepping into Hollister’s Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. This tasty little stop adds some fun to the trip and the pizza's good too. All of Hook & Ladder Pizza Co.’s pizzas are hand-tossed and made from their own special recipes. Their pizza is made fresh every morning, and made to your own specifications. The owners of Hook & Ladder are volunteer firefighters in the area, and created a fun and unique restaurant around firefighting items. When walking into Hook & Ladder you are greeted by bright yellow and smiling employees dressed in fire department t-shirts and oversized firefighting pants. One wall in the dining room is covered in a giant picture of a fire truck and an old fire truck sits outside, a perfect place for a photo-op. Hook & Ladder allows you to dine in, or you can have your pizza delivered. Hook & Ladder Pizza Co. is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8.p.m.

Vintage Paris Coffee & Wine Café

Don’t pass through Hollister without stopping at Vintage Paris. Owners Matt and Jessica Farmer bought the little coffee shop from the original owners in 2012 after graduating from College of the Ozarks. Matt and Jessica met, dated, and eventually married at Vintage Paris. The Farmer’s jumped at the chance to buy the coffee and wine shop when the opportunity arose and the rest is history. The Farmers are dedicated to supporting the local arts and culture while creating friendships and memories. Vintage Paris is not your average coffee shop. They offer gourmet coffee, select and vintage wines, taste sandwiches and delicious desserts prepared by local bakers. You can sip a hot cup of Joe inside, or enjoy outside seating in their outdoor patio area and listen to the sounds of local artists on weekends. Vintage Paris offers coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee, Conscious Coffee, and PT’s Coffee Roasting Company. Vintage Paris is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, call them at 417-593-7952.

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Downtown Branson is an Often Overlooked Gem

With the big city lights and musical stylings of Branson, Downtown Branson can sometimes get over looked. Unfortunately, you will be missing the whole Branson experience if you don’t visit Branson Historic District filled with restaurants, museums, shops and more!

Dicks Five & Dime Downtown Branson

Shops

The different shops in Downtown Branson provide an escape from the traditional retail experience. Downtown Branson is filled with unique shops like ABC Dolls & Collectibles and the Aromatique Outlet Store. Black Hills & Fine Jewelry provides jewelry created in the area by local artists, and Dicks 5 & 10 offers anything you could possibly need, and more. Patricia’s Victorian House can take you back to the time of crinolines and lace, or stop by Plum Bazaar Bead & Jewelry Shop for specialty hand-made jewelry and unique beads. The Copper Coin has items made out of and centered on pennies, and the numerous flea markets and thrift stores, like Main Street Flea Market, Old Town Flea Market, and The Classy Flea, provide plenty of untold adventures.

 

Museums & Attractions

Not only does Downtown Branson provide shopping, but it can provide a little afternoon entertainment as well. The Branson Centennial Museum features different aspects of Branson’s history and has rotating exhibits. It is free to the public, but donations are accepted. The Branson Ghost & Legends tour takes you Downtown Branson and shows you a completely different side of the quaint little historical district. You will hear some legends and stories here you won’t hear anywhere else, and maybe even capture some evidence of the other side. The Branson Scenic Railway is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. “This one hour 45 minute trip takes passengers through tunnels, over trestles, and through the southwest Missouri or northwest Arkansas wilderness that is still home to much wildlife and to the ruins of long-ago communities now named only on railroad maps,” says http://www.bransontourismcenter.com. “America's romance with the vintage passenger train lives on through excursions on the Branson Scenic Railway aboard a collection of unique passenger cars that travel through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.” The train ride offers a dinner on Saturday evenings, and takes you through beautiful Ozark scenery, and make sure to visit each of the train cars for a different view of railroad history.

Restaurants

Sticking with its theme of originality, Downtown Branson offer dining from family owned and operated restaurants and ice cream shops. Speaking of great little sandwich shops, Clocker’s Café, Hot Hits Café, Loosie Lou’s Diner, main Street Alley Snack & Shop, Smack’s Deli & Ice Cream, and The Shack are all local favorites. Each little sandwich stop has its own feel and will feed you specialty sandwiches. Farmhouse Restaurant & Gifts is a classic Branson eatery, as is Mr. B’s Ice Cream & Deli shop. You won’t find any better meals and ice cream than from these two places. Mr. G’s Chicago Style Pizza has amazing pizza, and Rocky’s Italian Eatery is some of the best Italian food in town. Ruby Lena’s Tea Room & Antiques is a quaint little shop perfect for some afternoon coffee or tea. And while comfortable and relaxed is what Downtown Branson is known for, it also offers some fine dining experiences with Palate Fine Wines & Provisions and Table 22 Restaurant.

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Branson Landing - Big City Shopping in Branson

branson-landingWhile it may not be the Mall of America, Branson Landing is the perfect place to shop, dine, and stay while visiting the Branson area. Located in historic downtown Branson, the Branson Landing is known for its variety of shops and restaurants, along with the $7.5 million water fountain, synchronized to light, sound, music, and fire. You’ll quickly learn that Branson Landing has something for everyone.

Branson Landing offers over 100 shops ranging from apparel to food and specialty gifts to jewelry. Some of the names you can find at Branson Landing are Bass Pro Shops, Belk Department Store, American Eagle, Chico’s, Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Bath and Body Works, and Rack Room Shoes. Local businessmen and women have also taken up residence in the Landing area. Majestic Gems, Girlie Girl Originals, and Gifts of Distinction are just a few names that have graced Branson Landing. Majestic Gems specializes in high quality jewelry at competitive prices. They carry a variety of diamonds and other stones, so you can almost always find what you’re looking for. Girlie Girl Originals carries apparel for the girls that like to show off a little attitude, along with purses, jewelry and other accessories. Gifts of Distinction has been in Branson for 23 years, and carries a selection of products from Swarovski Crystal, Vera Bradley and Pandora Charms.

In addition to shopping, Branson Landing has 19 different restaurants so you can end your afternoon at the Landing with dinner. Some local favorites include Cantina Laredo, which serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Menu items include steak tacos, carne asada, and chile rellenos, as well as many other authentic dishes. Another favorite is Level 2 Steakhouse, located in the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. Level 2 is a newer restaurant that is getting great reviews from its patrons. Their menu features a number of options for your meal. Steaks, seafood, soups, and salads are available at Level 2 in an upscale environment. Level 2 Steakhouse is located in the Hilton Branson Convention Center.

Whether you’re shopping, dining, or staying at the Branson Landing, a big city environment isn’t far away. Be sure to check out all of the opportunities Branson Landing has to offer!

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Silver Dollar City Gears up For 2013

Known as a great location for families to spend the day, Silver Dollar City takes young and old alike on a journey into the past. The 2013 season promises to be just as great if not better with the opening of Outlaw Run, the park’s newest roller coaster, and with everyone’s favorite festivals.

Outlaw Run Silver Dollar CitySilver Dollar City’s most noteworthy preparations for 2013 have been with the planning, construction, and opening of Outlaw Run. According to Silver Dollar City’s website, the park has invested $10 million to build the world’s most daring wooden roller coaster. Outlaw Run features the world’s steepest drop (81º, near vertical), is the only wood coaster to turn upside down (a total of 3 inversions), and is the world’s second fastest wooden roller coaster, reaching 68 mph. Outlaw Run is scheduled to open on March 15, 2013.

In addition to roller coasters like Powder Keg and WildFire, Silver Dollar City also hosts 6 festivals throughout the year. These festivals are World-Fest (Apr. 17 – May 5), Bluegrass and BBQ (May 9 – 17), National KidsFest (Jun. 8 – Jul. 21), Southern Gospel Picnic (Aug. 23 – Sept. 2), National Harvest Festival (Sept. 12 – Oct. 26), and An Old Time Christmas (Nov. 2 – Dec. 30).

World-Fest is America’s largest international festival. This festival features performers from all over the world. This year, World-Fest features Amamos Argentina, which is made up of Los Pampas Gauchos drummers and a troupe of dancers; Island Fire, featuring music and dance from Hawaii, Samoa, and Tahiti, and 2 fire knife dancers; and Dearbhail Finnegan, Ireland’s premier harpist.

Bluegrass and BBQ was voted the “Bluegrass Event of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association. This festival features 2 exclusive events, which are the Annual Single Mic Championship and the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. Aside from the great music, the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival also features amazing bar-b-que from all over the United States. The House of BBQ in the Red Gold Heritage Hall offers smoked beef brisket, tender pulled pork, slow smoked chicken, and more. Don’t forget to stop by Bottle Neck Bros. sauce shack, where you can sample over 200 different sauces.

Kids-Fest is America’s largest festival devoted to kids. All of their favorite rides, like PowderKeg, WildFire, and American Plunge, are at Silver Dollar City. Additionally, shows like Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, Wacky Science, and Championship Cloggers will be at Silver Dollar City especially for this festival. In 2013, your kids will have the chance to meet their favorite cartoon characters like SpongeBob and Patrick, Tom and Jerry, and Dora and Diego.

Southern Gospel Picnic is the premier southern gospel gathering. Musicians and bands like Guy Penrod, the Booth Brothers, Jeff and Shari Easter, The Hoppers and more will perform your favorite southern gospel songs. Additionally, there will be plenty of fried chicken and southern comfort food for your enjoyment.

National Harvest Festival is the home of “The Pinkerton Man”, a thrilling western stunt show. New to National Harvest Festival in 2013 is the Texas Trick Riders, a stunt show that focuses on trick riding, trick shooting, and whip acts. Silver Dollar City is known as “The Home of American Craftsmanship”, and over 125 craftsmen visit the park during this festival. Individuals are invited to demonstrate their craft; for more information, visit festivals.bransonsilverdollarcity.com and click on the link to National Harvest Festival.

An Old Time Christmas is a favorite festival among locals and was named one of the top 5 Holiday Events in the Country by Good Morning America. Brave the cold and see over 4 million lights draped across nearly every surface of the park. The main attractions are the 5 story special effects tree that is coordinated to classic Christmas carols, the Gifts of Christmas Light Parade, and the Living Nativity. An Old Time Christmas also features the musicals of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Dickens Christmas Carol.”

Plan to visit Silver Dollar City sometime in 2013 to check out one of the fabulous festivals and the brand new roller coaster Outlaw Run. Season passes are available now. For more information, visit bransonsilverdollarcity.com or contact the Thousand Hills Concierge.

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It’s Not Too Early To Plan for a Branson Memorial Day Getaway

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it might be a good time to start thinking about how you and your family will spend your holiday. Memorial Day is a day the country takes to remember those who valiantly fought and died for our freedom, and just to remember those we have lost over the years. Sometimes, this can be a dreary day for many, but this year take some time to celebrate the passing of those loved ones with a relaxing family experience!

The Branson Veterans Memorial Museum

Branson Memorial MuseumWhat better way to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom than to spend a little time this year learning about just what it is they did for us. The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson covers the stories of the men and women who fought for our liberties during the 20th century. “The vast array of exhibits causes reflection and creates an intense curiosity about the personal experiences of the men and women who lived in these uniforms, fired these weapons, lived as a POW, wrote these letters home, wore these medals, played this battlefield organ, flew the planes, rode the motorcycles, and served our country so well,” states The Veterans Memorial Museum website, http://www.veteransmemorialbranson.com. The Museum features ten different halls circulating through World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, and more. The main attraction of the museum is a 70 feet long, 15 ton bronze sculpture, which is the world’s longest war memorial sculpture, created specifically for The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson. This sculpture is made up of 50 different combat soldiers storming a beach, capturing the image of one man from every of the 50 states. On the walls in this room are written all of the names of those killed in action while serving in WWII. The website encourages visitors to take lots of time going through the museum to read the literature and truly appreciate the entirety of what these brave men gave up for our freedom. The museum charges 14.95 for adults, $13.00 for Veterans and Military members, $10.00 for students 13 to 17 years old, $5.00 for child 5 to 12, children 4 and under enter for free, and has a group rate of $11.00 for 15 or more people. For exact operating times, visit the museums website or call them at 1-877-554-8387.

The Dobyn’s Dining Room the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks

Another great tradition to start this Memorial Day is visiting the Dobyn’s Dining during your Memorial Day stay. With Memorial Day being on a Monday, take some time on Sunday to enjoy the Keeter Center’s famous Sunday brunch. The Brunch starting at 10 a.m., and running to 2 p.m. features buffet selections including: hot entrees and side dishes, salad and cold cuisine, carved meat, breakfast selection, made-to-order waffles and omelets, wide variety of desserts, and highlighting entertainment from the wide range of student musical talent. The Dobyn’s Dining Room, in true College of the Ozarks tradition, is staff almost completely by students. Students will greet you when entering the Keeter Center, served by students at your table, and eat food cooked by students and culinary majors. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the reservation line at 417-690-2146. After eating a filling meal in the Dobyn’s Dining Room, check out the Veterans historical museum located at the Keeter Center featuring different artifacts and information collected by the college.

Stockstill Park

And what better way to end your Memorial Day weekend with a pinic at Branson’s Stockstill park. You can reserve the picnic table areas, or just show up and set up a BBQ extravaganza. The park has a baseball diamond and lots of playground equipment for the kids to run around in. A small creek runs through the park which in great for taking a little dip in, and a walking trail also runs through the park available to take you through some beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery. However you decide to spend your Memorial Day, it is sure to be a great and memorable experience when spending it in Branson, Missouri.

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