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Silver Dollar City Southern Gospel Picnic

The Isaacs at Silver Dollar CityOne of the shortest but most beloved festivals at Silver Dollar City is almost upon us. What festival is that? Why it's the Southern Gospel Picnic! From August 24th through September 3, 2012 the streets of Silver Dollar City will be flowing with live performances of some of the best Southern Gospel music you'll ever hear gathered in one place. 

Both homegrown local talent and nationally known musicians will be converging on Silver Dollar City for this 10 day festival. Performers include The Isaacs, Booth Brothers, The Easters, Karen Peck & New River, Duane Garren, and Les Butler. All the main stages in the park will also be featuring gospel shows for the duration of the festival. The Red Gold Heritage Hall will be hosting concerts as well as the Singing News Stage. And every evening close out your visit to the park with the Southern Gospel Nights concert series in Echo Hollow. These nightly shows feature a top gospel concert hosted by KWFC radio's Dave Taylor. Admission for all of these shows is free with your regular park admission.

If Southern Gospel Music were all this festival offered it would be enough, but take a look at the name again Southern Gospel Picnic. And what is a picnic without food! As usual, Silver Dollar City won't let an opportunity pass without providing some of the best food you'll find in Branson. During the Gospel picnic, you'll want to visit The House of Chicken and Fixen's on the square. Get your favorite style of chicken - fried or not! - along with all the sides you could hope for. Southern Fried Chicken, Apple-Glazed chicken, or Hickory Smoked Chicken--you can't go wrong. If you're getting there in the morning you'll also want a hearty breakfast to start your day - the all you can eat buffet at Molly's Mill Restaurant would be a great way to start. All this and you'll quickly see why Silver Dollar City has won numerous awards for having some of the best food in the theme park business. 

Start planning your trip to Silver Dollar City and Branson now! We've still got room for you to stay at Thousand Hills, but with a festival that only lasts 10 days you'll want to make reservations early. Come on down for some great food, some great music, and some great memories at the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City!

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Branson Missouri Teachers Appreciation!

Branson Missouri Loves Teachers October 2012Branson, Missouri honors groups of all kinds from veterans, to Fire and Policemen, and more. But in the month of October we're looking to honor another group who teaches & guides our kids, teachers! Yes, October will be Branson's Teacher Appreciation Month, so all teachers should start making plans to visit Branson this October.

A number of Branson Missouri shows and attractions are pulling out all the stops to honor and appreciate teachers. From complimentary tickets to free gifts and more, some of the most popular shows in Branson are included. Shows that are offering free tickets to teachers include:

  • The Legend of Kung Fu
  • Paul Harris and the Cleverlys
  • The Texas Tenors
  • The Brady Lunch starring Greg Brady himself--Barry Williams
  • And many more!
As October gets closer, keep checking back as more and more shows offer gifts to say thank you to teachers for everything they do.

The Branson Titanic Museum is going above and beyond to appreciate teachers as well. In October they are offering free admission to all teachers. They also provide information and help to teachers to plan a classroom lesson around the Titanic and they work with teachers to provide one of a kind learning opportunities. However, not only are they celebrating Teacher's Appreciation Month this October, teachers will want to return to the Titanic in May for Titanic Teacher Appreciation Week - during this week teachers will not only receive free admission, they will also receive a gift bag of pencils for their classes and a voucher for a complimentary entry to be used when they book a class field trip to the museum.
As you can see, a number of Branson Missouri attractions are taking advantage of opportunities to show American schoolteachers how they are appreciated for the hard work and sacrifices they make for our kids. So if you are a teacher, or you know one, make sure they're in Branson this October for Branson Loves Teachers month!
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Branson Vacations Just Got a Little Wilder!

Last week Silver Dollar City, the most popular Branson vacation destination, had a major announcement on a ten million dollar project that's been under construction this year. And if you've been to Silver Dollar City lately, you'll know that it's getting hard to hide!


In 2013, Silver Dollar City will be bringing Outlaw Run to life. This ten million dollar wooden roller coaster will be another record breaking affair for the park. In addition to being the most impressive wooden roller coaster in the park, it is also a world record breaking coaster in a number of ways.

  • Branson Vacation - Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar CitySteepest Wooden Roller Coaster Drop in the world - An 81 degree drop will be awaiting riders on Outlaw Run, this sixteen story drop was made possible thanks to the coaster's design that incorporated the hilly terrain of the Ozarks into the ride itself. Go up a ten story tower, drop down sixteen stories! This great drop and height will allow the coaster to max out at 68 miles per hour. Even at these speeds a loop of the quarter mile track will stick take nearly 90 seconds. 
  • 720 Degree Double Barrel Roll - If you're not familiar with a barrell roll, it is exactly what it sounds--a complete corkscrew like riding the inside of a barrel. Twice! And this is the only wooden roller coaster in the world to feature an upside down twist like this.
The ride's theme will continue to fit in with the park's 1880's theme, by featuring a stage coach ride gone very wild! In addition to matching the theme of the park, construction on the coaster has done it's best to not harm the natural beauty of the park either. For every tree that was cut down in the construction of this coaster, two were planted.
The Outlaw Run is scheduled to be open in time for the spring season of 2013. But if you can't wait to get your first glimpse of the coaster, you can see the construction underway at the park today. Because the coaster twists around and above the Frisco Line railway, you can take a ride on the train and see the construction up close and personal. (Just watch out for train robbers!)
The park will be hopping with an expected 65,000 additional visitors thanks to the newest roller coaster in the Midwest. Start making your plans now to visit Silver Dollar City and Outlaw Run
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Branson Car Show & Super Summer Cruise Kicking Into High Gear

The Super Summer Cruise at Shepherd of the Hills is easily one of the most anticipated annual events in Branson. This Branson car cruise has been growing every year and this year organizers expect more than 500 classic cars, trucks, hot rods and more to be on display. The Super Summer cruise begins tonight, August 9th and runs through Saturday August 11th, 2012. To plan your visit to the car show & cruise, here is a quick schedule of events.

Super Summer Cruise BransonThursday, August 9 & 10th - From 7 am to 5 pm vehicles will be arriving at the Shepherd of the Hills homestead for registration. Starting at 8, the Show & Shine will begin as the car owners make prep their pride & joy for judging, which begins at 9 am. All throughout the day owners can have their car photos taken at the Trails End Gift Shop. At 8:30 pm on the 10th, all car show registrants can enjoy their free voucher for the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama.

Saturday, August 11 - Once again the gates open at 7 am and close at 1 pm for anyone wanting to register their vehicle for the cruise. From 8 to 5 the Show & Shine will continue and visitors can get a look at several decades of automotive history put on display at the historic Shepherd of the Hills homestead. The tough job of judging these cars will finish at 11:00 am. From 11 am to noon there will be a performance by "The Premiere Cloggers Dance Troup". They've performed at the show previously and put on a great performance. From 4 pm to 5:30 pm, Best in Show awards will be given at the Pavilion Theatre. Immediately following the cruise drivers will be briefed on the cruise rules & guidelines. At midnight, the Super Summer Cruise will begin!

The Super Summer Cruise is the crown jewel and the most unique aspect of this car show. Want to know how anticipated it is? This year there were already people with lawn chairs staking out the prime viewing spots along the cruise route--5 days early! And why not? How many chances do you get to see more than 500 impeccably cared for representatives of America's Automotive History drive by on a warm summer night? This year the cruise will take place along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, beginning at the intersection of Highway 76, "The Strip", and heading east to Roark Valley Road. This 1.5+ mile cruise will be lined with people long before the midnight kickoff, so be sure and get there early to find the prime spot to view your automotive favorite. And don't forget to bring your lawn chairs if you have them! 

Summer may be nearing the end, but the Branson Car Show and Super Summer Cruise is a fantastic way to have one more weekend. Like most of this summer, the forecast calls for warm weather and no chance of rain. And this is one weekend where we're ok with a dry forecast. If you're coming to Branson for the car show, don't forget to download our free Vacation Planning guide to help you plan out your Branson Car Show vacation.

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End of Summer Branson Vacation Giveaway!

The weather's still hot, but as the back to school sales at every shopping mall tell you, summer's almost over. We at Thousand Hills aren't quite ready to let it go, so we're offering you one more chance to get that Branson vacation getaway you've been putting off for too long. And to make that vacation even more special, we've teamed up with The Track Family Fun Parks to make sure the whole family will have a Branson vacation they won't ever forget.

How do I enter?

That's simple! Simply "Like" Thousand Hills on Facebook using the button above, then follow the link to "Like" the Track Family Fun Parks on Facebook and fill out the entry form. Qualified entries will be entered in the End of Summer giveaway drawing and one lucky winner will win the grand prize! Which brings us to...

What can I win?

Thanks to our friends at the Track Family Fun Parks, we are giving away a full Branson vacation getaway to one lucky family. This includes:

  • Branson Vacation Cabins2 night stay in one of Thousand Hills two bedroom log cabins or golf front condos any 2 nights September 10 through October 21, 2012. These two bedroom condos and cabins have room for the whole family to relax, and then some, all located in the heart of Branson, Missouri.
  • The Thousand Hills Platinum Experience. The platinum experience features over $750 in complimentary tickets, gifts, meals and more from many of the hottest shows, attractions and restaurants in the area. 
  • Two Track Family Fun Parks "Go Cards". These Go Cards are preloaded with 160 credits each, good for games, rides & fun at any of the four Track locations in Branson. In addition, each card comes with one free G Force Ride, a complimentary Pizza buffet at Pizza World, and a free one topping Sundae from Andy's Frozen Custard.
Sounds like the perfect end of summer family vacation, doesn't it? But hurry and enter now, the contest won't last forever--in fact;
When can I enter?
Right now! The Thousand Hills/Track Family Fun Parks Summer Vacation Giveaway is open for entries through the month of August. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualified entries on September 3, 2012 and notified via phone or email. So don't waste time, "Like" Thousand Hills, "Like" The Track Family Fun Parks and enter to win!
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Missouri Sales Tax Holiday - Great For Back To School Savings!

Missouri Sales Tax Holiday & Branson ShoppingIt's August and it's time to shop for back to school again, and if you shop this weekend in Missouri, you'll be able to save even more money! The Missouri Sales Tax Holiday is taking place today, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th. During this sales tax holiday the state of Missouri won't be collecting it's usual 4.225% tax on several categories of school related items. If that's not enough to tempt you, many Branson shops and stores are running additional sales on top of the tax discount. Here are some more details to see why it makes sense to start your shopping trip in Branson!

During the Missouri Sales Tax holiday in Branson, the following types of items are offered without having to pay state sales tax. 

  • Clothing - Visit your favorite clothing outlet store in Branson and save on clothing. Any clothing less than $100 can be purchased tax free.
  • School Supplies - Stocking up on crayons, glue, paper, notebooks, or more? Up to $50 per purchase will be tax free this weekend.
  • Computers and computer software - In 2012 almost every college bound student will want their own personal laptop or desktop computer, and the software to go with it. The 2012 Missouri Sales Tax Holiday allows up to $350 in software, computer peripherals up to $3,500, and a computer up to $3,500 to be purchased without paying the usual sales tax. 
  • For more details on what is, and isn't included in the MO Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website

Of course, in Branson we always take things to the next level as well. A number of our shops and shopping centers are having expanded hours and additional sales & promotions to coincide with this year's sales tax holiday.

  • Tanger Outlets - Tanger outlets are having expanded business hours for the weekend- 8 am to 10 pm Friday & Saturday, and 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Many of the shops involved will also be running sales to increase your back to school savings in Branson.
  • The Branson Landing will be open Friday & Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 8 pm
  • Shoppes at Branson Meadows from 10 am to 7 pm Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
  • Many other stand alone businesses and malls in Branson will be holding special events and promotions for this year's Sales Tax Holiday.

In Branson, Missouri shopping has long been the recreational sport of choice for many - with a number of outlet malls, high end retail, one of a kind boutiques and more there has always been something for every taste and every budget. With the addition of the Missouri Sales Tax Holiday August 3-5th, 2012 - The sport of shopping in Branson will become even more lucrative!

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Why Branson Condos?

While Branson may be king when it comes to Live Entertainment, it is also king when it comes to nightly or weekly condominium rental.  Branson, and the surrounding area, has many, many options when it comes to condo accommodations.  Just check on the internet for Branson Condo Deals and see what pops up. It is enough to make you scratch your head and say “What’s the difference in product, experience, location, and price”? The answer is quite frankly “a lot”. 

Let’s start with price.  This is a good place to remember the old adage “you get what you pay for” and at the same time look for the best deal.  If a price is too good to be true, it probably is.  Condominium rental is a business, or should be, and a profit is necessary to maintain a unit in proper condition.  If something is renting for less than a hundred dollars a night, you might not be getting a unit that is up to your normal standards.  Cleanliness, bedding, appliances that work, are a must for any successful vacation or getaway.  If the price is low, it may be you are stepping into a timeshare situation that requires you sit through a lengthy presentation or tour.  Are you interested in owning a timeshare week?  If not, you might want to avoid the scenario. 

Location is another very important part of your decision.  Are you wanting to partake of the Branson,Missourientertainment?  Many condominiums are available along the famous76 Music Boulevard.  Would you like your condominium to be near a golf course?  Thousand Hills Resort provides the perfect location for proximity to the Strip (local term for the Boulevard) and an eighteen hole public golf course.  Multiple couples can save significantly when staying in larger condos.  Most condos (better check beforehand) have a private bath per bedroom.  Common areas are only the living/dining and kitchen areas.  Are you lake folks?  Want a condo with a view of Table Rock Lake?  There are not all that many condominiums on the lake that are still close to the Branson activities.  The Majestic at Table Rock provides a panoramic view, new units, while only being five miles from the Strip.  Be careful when booking a condo that you are not so far out that you spend too much valuable time in the car going to and from your primary destination. 

Condo nightly rental in Branson, Missouri has become a very popular alternative to the traditional hotel stay.  When making reservations, it is always best to talk to a live person.  Be cautious when your only contact is by internet or mail.  You will want a contact person that can help you during your stay if any issues were to arrive.  If you are looking for a truly unique condominium experience, look for cabin rentals in Branson, Missouri and you will be pleasantly surprised how you might be staying in the woods and in Branson all at the same time.  

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Branson Golf Courses Improving in 2012

Despite being regularly voted as one of the best Branson golf courses, we're always trying to improve. That's why when we heard a lot of requests from golfers about improving access to hole #12, we listened!

Hole #12 on Thousand Hills Golf Course is challenging and has a great view. The only problem? The cart path didn't reach the green, during inclement weather, when we had to restrict carts to the path only, it became difficult for golfers to reach the green. To fix this, our Branson Golf Courses design team went to work designing a path that would let golfers reach the green without damaging the integrity of the course. And that's just what they did!

Construction began in June, coincidentally right as the unforgettable heat wave of 2012 set in. Despite the record breaking temperatures, our construction crew worked hard to finish the cart path so that golfers could take advantage of it for the rest of the summer. 

Branson Golf Courses - Opening New Cart Path

On July 13th, 2012 the ribbon cutting ceremony took place, officially opening the cart path to use. While we've still got some final grading and landscaping to do, the cart path is officially open and ready to take you to the greens on Hole #12 no matter the weather. To assist us in the ribbon cutting we had on hand our golf pro, Matt Dillman, co-owners of Thousand Hills - Dan & Mark Ruda, and special golf guests who had the privelege of being the first ones to drive down the new path--in addition to a gift of free rounds of golf at Thousand Hills if the recognition alone wasn't enough.

If you're ever in the area of Hole #12, don't forget to look down--thanks to a frequent guest to the course who just happened to stop by when we were pouring concrete we have the autograph of one Mr. Mickey Gilley immortalized on Hole #12 (home of 2 of Mickey's 4 holes in one at Thousand Hills!)

Mickey Gilley at Thousand Hills Branson Golf CoursesThanks again to our golf guests, our landscaping & construction crew, all of our golfers for being patient during construction and for anyone else involved in making this project a success. Come play at Thousand Hills, the most popular Branson golf course!

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Branson Events - Branson at The Bridge

Branson Events at the BridgeSaturday, July 7th is one of the most anticpated Branson events of the year - the day for Branson at the Bridge! Celebrate 100 years of Branson with a large list of free events! Festivities all take place at the new Lake Taneycomo Bridge in historic downtown Branson, Missouri.

Live music and entertainment starts at 5:00 pm with a number of Branson acts including The World Famous Platters, The Cat's Pajamas, Dance Branson & many more! During this time a number of popular Branson restaurants will be providing signature food & treats. The Branson Arts Council will also be featuring a tent with a large amount of high quality art from local artists. 

At 8:00 pm this Branson event kicks into high gear with the first "Blessing of the Fleet" and "Boats Aglow". Led by local favorite, Bob Hubbard of the Foggy River Boys, more than a dozen boats from local docks including Ride the Ducks, Kanakuk Camps, Bass Pro Shop and more will follow the Branson Lake Queen Paddle Wheeler. Local dignitaries will be on board leading the fleet.

Last but not least, at 10:00 pm prepare for a spectacular fireworks show, coordianted with music. Watch the fireworks reflected over the lakefront celebrating a century of the Live Music Capital of the World.

Come enjoy the music, fun, food & friendship and prepate to kick off the next 100 years of Branson Events! 

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Branson Independence Day Celebrations

Branson Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July is coming up next week, and as usual Branson is pulling out all the stops for spectacular and memorable Independence Day Celebrations. To help you decide which festivities you should attend, Thousand Hills has put together a list of Fireworks shows and celebrations that you might want to visit.


2012 Branson Independence Day Schedules 

From Hollister, to Kimberling City, to the Branson Landing and many more you'll find fireworks all over the Tri-Lakes area. My personal favorite show takes place at the Chateau on the Lake, which has a great show overlooking Table Rock Lake. You can get a great view of this show from the Majestic at Table Rock--imagine sitting in the air conditioned sunroom with a panoramic view of the lake and the fireworks all around!

Since 2012 has been especially hot and dry, burn bans are in effect in many parts of the country to prevent fireworks and other fires from getting out of control. So why not leave the fireworks up to the professionals this year & sit back and enjoy a Branson Independence Day!





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