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Spring Vacation is perfect with Silver Dollar City’s BBQ FestivalBBQ Festival Logo

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is an annual event that features food extravaganza and astounding music from award-winning songs to hot rising stars. Come and enjoy in this great festival that will be held on May 8 to June 1, 2014 and savor the taste of delicious barbecue at The House of BBQ in Red Golf Heritage Hall. Whether you are a barbecue enthusiast or just have a passion in weekend grilling, you should not miss to visit Bottle Neck Bros and Sauce Shack.

Each year, a flock of visitors come to Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival to experience one of the most unique entertainments of live bluegrass music. The Bluegrass portion of the festival features over 50 bands performing hundreds of live entertainment shows during the 16-day celebration of the festival. The traditional and contemporary forms of music can be kept alive in the hearts of people of all ages.

When the festival was first organized in the 1950s as a genre, Bluegrass have continuously gained popularity as the generation that comes along, adds energy and spirit and the innovation that makes bluegrass music the best as ever.  Singers and country Bluegrass musicians come from across the country to perform at the Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival. African influence can be heard in the rhythms of the music while the fiddle music can be heard with the influence by the Irish and Scots.

The bluegrass festival today features award-winning artists such as Rhonda Vincent (who is dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Queen of Bluegrass Music”); Grascals (the Grammy-nominated group); Blue Highway (the IBMA Vocal Group of the Year); Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (6-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners); the Boxcars (featuring 9-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and 5-time Grammy winner); and the Gibson Brothers (winner of the 2012 IBMA Entertainer of the  Year. Plus many guests performers who are up-and-coming bands in bluegrass, such as the Snyder Family Band, The Bankesters, the Monroeville, and the Hillbenders.

Since last year, bluegrass music has been enjoyed by land and by lake. Enjoy a boat trip with the Bluegrass Cruises that are featured on board the Showboat Branson Belle. This river cruise features performances by Monroe Crossing on May 24 and by the Larry Stephenson Band on May 25, and the Special Consensus on May 26. These fabulous shows aboard the Showboat Branson Belle include a three-course meal and a lake excursion.

This Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Silver Dollar City features two national competitions:  The 7th Annual National Single Mic Championship, May 18 (highlighting performance skills as bands gather around a single microphone and balances their sound by moving away or toward it); and the Youth In Bluegrass Band Competition, May 25 (this encourages and promotes amateur bluegrass musicians 21 years and younger and compete each other for cash prizes).

If you want to taste a mouth-watering and the most delicious BBQ treats while enjoying traditional music from award-winning artists, come to Branson and spend your perfect spring vacation at the Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival this coming May 8 to June 1.


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Popular Restaurant Chains Call Branson Home

Even when you’re traveling away from home, there are always chain restaurants you and your family love. Branson knows what you’re looking for and has a number of chain restaurants in the Branson area for you to enjoy.

Fast food is one of the chain restaurant options Branson offers to visitors. From McDonalds to Arby’s, there are lots of options when you need your fix on French fries. IHOP and Denny’s are options for pancakes and breakfast food anytime, and both are open 24 hours a day. Subway has your favorite fresh subs, and Dairy Queen has grill and chill treats. Branson also has no shortage of pizza places. Pizza Hut and Dominos are located throughout the city, along with a new Godfather’s Pizza coming to town in February. Golden Corral also has a location in Branson if you’re looking for a variety of flavors on one buffet. The restaurant serves their all you can eat buffet seven days a week, 363 days a year (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)

But what if you’re looking for something at a slower pace, consider Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Olive Garden gives you a variety of pasta, seafood and other Italian dishes. Chicken parmigiana, spicy shrimp vesuvio, and cheese ravioli are just a few of the options Olive Garden has on their menu. Plus, you get unlimited soup and salad with your meal. Lunch prices at Olive Garden range from $5 to $17, and dinner prices range from $7 to $20. Red Lobster also has a great selection of seafood dishes. Rock lobster tail, snow crab legs, pasta, sirloins and shrimp, chicken alfredo – the possibilities are endless!

Famous Dave’s BBQ has also made an appearance at the Branson Landing. St. Louis style spare ribs, baby back ribs, barbeque pulled chicken sandwiches, and brisket burgers are just a few of the delicious BBQ options on the menu. Prices range from $8 to $25 at lunch or dinner, so head on down to the Branson Landing to check out Famous Dave’s BBQ.

Another chain that has made its way to the Branson Landing is Cantina Laredo. With authentic Mexican cuisine, Cantina Laredo has a variety of dishes to satisfy any craving. Spinach enchiladas, tuna tacos, and a shrimp stuffed chicken breast round out the options at Cantina Laredo. If you are a guacamole fan, you can have it made fresh right at your table. Lunch prices at Cantina Laredo range from $11 to $16, and dinner prices range from $11 to $25.

So if you’re looking for the chain restaurant you love going to when you’re at home, chances are you can find it while you’re on vacation in Branson, Missouri.

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Have A Good Time at Silver Dollar City's Worldfest


It is that time of the year again when people flock to Branson to witness the biggest international festival all over America. This is none other than the World Fest at Silver Dollar City. Why is this festival a really famous one for the tourists across the state?

For one, the World Fest is indeed famous because it is hosted by Silver Dollar City. For those who do not know, Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed amusement park that is a hit to people of all ages in Branson. It has the best rides and attractions to get you on an adventure like never before. There are also theater plays in Silver Dollar City to help you take a break from all the excitement in the park. Not only that, Silver Dollar City is also known to have one of the best amusement park food all over America.

World Fest is one of the most anticipated festivals in Branson because it gives the visitors a taste of the world. Expect every spring season for the tourists to come to Branson for the festival to witness amazing performances, taste exotic dishes, and experience different cultures from around the world. In this festival, language barrier will not be an issue at all since laughter and music will be your common language for the festival. Get to see performers from different countries across the globe as they entertain you with their country’s own brand of entertainment, and a little bit of comedy, too. Some of the performers to watch for in this year’s biggest international festival are Benise, Via Romen, Spanish Marionetas, and a lot more. Benise performs exceptionally with his Spanish guitar and with the help of his world-class musicians and dancers. He does Flamenco music so well that he makes his own brand of music. Via Romen features a Ukranian violinist, a Romani accordionist, and so much more. This is the musical band to watch out for in World Fest! The Spanish Marionetas entertains the visitors using the Spanish Toreros. Other acts from t previous World Fest that you can see in this festival are the Amamos Argentina, Island Fire, Ecuador Manta, Dearbhail Finnigan, and a whole lot more! Prepare yourself for days of awe, music, and dance as these personalities entertain you.

The World Fest in Branson happens during April 5 to May 4, 2014. You can still catch the festival right now if you book your trip to Branson now. To make your vacation even more awesome, make Thousand Hills Golf Resort a part of your vacation. You have various lodging options to choose from and you will also get to stay very near Silver Dollar City! Make your move now and book your trip to Branson for the World Fest! 

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10 Little Known Show-Me State Facts

Missouri State FlagWelcome to Missouri, home of the Gateway Arch, the Kansas City Royals, railroads, and lots of interesting history! When considering where to vacation, why not visit Missouri? With lots of historical landmarks and museums, it’s hard not to find something incredible and fun on your visit. Before you travel, check out these ten little known facts about the Show-Me State.

1. The first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was made by Captain Berry in St. Louis in 1912.
2. The Capitol Building in Jefferson has burned down twice. Once was in 1837, and the second structure burned in 1911 when the dome was struck by lightning.
3. The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall.
4. The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the United States was in 1811 and centered in New Madrid, Missouri The quake affected over one million square miles, and even made the Mississippi River run backwards for a time.
5. Missouri is an Algonquin Indian word meaning “river of the big canoes.”
6. Hermann, Missouri has achieved national recognition for its quality wines and distinctive German heritage. It was built in 1836 as the “New Fatherland” for German settlers.
7. The Lake of the Ozarks has more miles of shoreline than the California coast.
8. Branson is the number one tour bus destination in the United States. It boasts more than 50 live performance theatres, and is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
9. Missouri is home to more than 6100 known caves. 23 of them offer tours to the public. No wonder Missouri is known as the cave state!
10. Ice cream cones were invented in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups. He asked a waffle vendor to roll up waffles to hold the ice cream, and ice cream cones were born.

Now that you know all about the Show-Me State of Missouri, why not learn a little more about the most popular tourist destination in the Midwest, Branson?

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Jonah Coming to Sight and Sound in 2014

If you are familiar with Bible stories, chances are that you are acquainted with the story of Jonah. It’s an incredible ‘whale of a tale’ and it speaks of God’s love and forgiveness during times when life’s waters are turbulent. Now, this classic Bible story is coming to one of Branson’s most famous theaters. Get ready for Sight and Sound ‘Jonah’ in 2014 – it will be a show bigger than your wildest dreams!

Jonah at Sight & SoundIn the Bible story, Jonah was a man who was directed by God to go and preach the Lord’s word to the wicked city of Nineveh. And wicked was putting it lightly – not only were the people of Nineveh very sinful in mind and heart, they were also one of the biggest enemies of Israel. Jonah was horrified by this order – so he ran. He booked a passage on the first ship he could find, and promptly sailed in the opposite direction of Nineveh. During Jonah’s time on the ship, however, a massive storm happened upon the vessel, sent by God. The ship’s crewmen were all terrified, and Jonah demanded that they throw him overboard, seeing as the storm was his fault. And so they did – as soon as they cast Jonah from the ship, the seas instantly calmed. And Jonah, instead of drowning, was swallowed by a huge fish! Three days Jonah spent in the belly of the fish until God commanded the creature to spit Jonah onto dry land. After his watery experience, Jonah went to Nineveh as God has asked. There he preached his message to the people and much to his surprise, they repented!

Now, you have the chance to see this miraculous story come to life – right here in Branson! With over 800,000 guests coming to see the opening season of the show at the Sight and Sound location in Lancaster County, PA, it’s predicted to be a huge hit here in the Midwest as well. With incredible special effects, wonderful original music, and a riveting story line, the Sight and Sound Jonah show will immerse in a story that is hundreds of years old, and continues to be timeless.

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Music From Every Generation

Most people can really identify with a certain song or genre of music. There is just something about a certain melodious tune or the words of a song that can evoke a memory, get us excited, make us sad or really connect with somebody or something in our world. Music tends to strike a chord when nothing else can. If you are lucky enough to live in or around Branson, or to visit Branson, you will be amazed at the variety of music you can find here in the entertainment capital of the Midwest. There is sure to be some music here that strikes a chord with you – no matter what generation you come from!

Fiddling Fools:

Do you like that old school country, bluegrass and rockabilly? You’re in luck – that is just the sort of music that Branson was built on! Songs about down home country living and music with some serious fiddlin’ twang can be found in abundance here. The Baldknobbers Jamboree offers its guests some fine bluegrass and comedy. Presleys’ Country Jubilee is another great option for some country tunes. For a little Branson music variety on the strings, book your tickets to see The Duttons – they play everything from bluegrass to classical!

Way Back Tracks:

If it’s music from the 1980s era that stirs your soul, look no further than the 80s Ladies Show at the God and Country Theatre! It’s unlike any other tribute in Branson. Here you will listen to songs from classic 80s female artists like Cher, Madonna, Whitney Houston and more. You’ll also get a taste of some songs from popular 80s musicals. At The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Revue, you’ll hear songs from The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher and Neil Diamond, just to name a few. Performed by the award winning Rankin Brothers, along with their also award winning female vocalists and a fantastic band, these Branson music songs will be stuck in your head for a long time to come.

Today’s Tunes:

For a more modern music show that the whole family will love, book your tickets to see SIX in Branson – it will be an experience to remember! This show is performed by a group of six brothers who have been in the music industry for quite some time – they’ve performed at functions for all sorts of celebrity parties. At this great show, you’ll hear music from Bieber to Coldplay, all with great harmony and electrifying stage presence. Along with all the tunes, you’ll get some good old fashioned comedy and some family stories from the brothers that will really make the show more personable. For a modern music and dancing experience that will blow your mind, go see The Haygoods, a group of seven brothers and one sister with over twenty different instruments, crazy dance moves and awesome lighting, not to mention the music!

There is some Branson music for any taste or style. These are just a handful of the fantastic music that Branson has to offer. Pick your genre and enjoy!

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Catch The Southern Gospel Picnic in Silver Dollar City


Silver Dollar City in Branson never fails to provide Branson guests and locals with the entertainment that they are looking for. This 1880’s themed amusement park is also one of the main reasons why Branson has become the entertainment capital of the Midwest. Silver Dollar City also continues to offer us something new and something thrilling. It may be a new ride, a new show, a new specialty dish, or a new festival – we do not know, and that is what keeps the guests on their toes always.

One of the festivals that Silver Dollar City celebrates is the Southern Gospel Picnic. This is the festival where you can have some good food and some relaxing music to go along with it. You surely would not want to miss this festival! Happening in the fall season, you will be treated to performances falling under the Southern Gospel genre. A part of the Ozark Mountains country heritage is southern gospel music, and the Southern Gospel Picnic sends people outdoors for some bluegrass parties, church worship services, and backyard family reunions. Get in touch with traditions in this festival as you are treated to some good ol’ Branson traditional music. Some of the gospel artists and bands that you should watch out for in Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic are The Perrys, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, and so much more! You can also catch some concerts which are held all over the city. One of the famous concerts of the Southern Gospel genre is held in the Red Gold Heritage Hall and Echo Hollow. You also might want to get some gospel CDs for you to listen to as you drive or as you relax at home.

You are not only treated to good music in Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic. You are also treated to good southern food. Who wouldn’t love to have the best food and great music altogether? Taste some southern food in restaurants like The House of Chicken and Fixin’s inside Reunion Hall for a good meal. These restaurants serve dishes like Apple Butter Glazed Chicken, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Okra, Corn, Green Beans, Homemade Sourdough Bread, a Garden Fresh Salad Bar, and so much more!

Southern Gospel Picnic is the perfect treat for the soul. Make sure you don’t miss it in Branson. As you plan your trip to Branson, make Thousand Hills Golf Resort your lodging place to make your vacation even more perfect. Thousand Hills has a strategic location near Silver Dollar City, and near the entertainment district in Branson so you don’t miss out in all the fun happening in Southern Gospel Picnic. Choose from various lodging options that will suit you. Book that trip to Branson now! 

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Branson’s Best Golf Course in Thousand Hills


When you plan for a vacation in Branson, you usually think of the live music shows and concerts that have made the place very famous internationally. Or you might think of the nature parks and man-made parks in Branson, too. Now, you have another reason to visit Branson – golf.

You may not be a golf enthusiast or you may not even know a thing about the sport, but you just can’t help but appreciate golf when you are in Branson. It houses all the best golf courses in Missouri. The most popular golf course by far is the one at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. The golf course at Thousand Hills was rated 4 stars by the Golf Digest Magazine in 2009. It also won Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses by having the most votes from the readers of the Springfield News Leader for two consecutive years. If you want to play a game of golf, there is no other place to be in but in the back-to-back best golf course in Branson.

Thousand Hills’ golf course is also popular among the golf professionals and novices because it can cater to any golf skill level. The golf course in Thousand Hills has three separate sets of tees so that the game would be challenging and at the same time fair for all golfers. This 18-hole golf course also makes sure that you are surrounded by the best environment as you play golf. Thousand Hills’ golf course is situated in a place near the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake so you have the best scenery while having fun with golf. You can pass through hardwood forests, beautiful rock formations, majestic Ozark streams, and many others. The golf course is also located near Branson’s entertainment district if you want to unwind after a game of golf.

The golf course in Thousand Hills is open to the public. It also features one par 5 hole, eight par 4 holes, and nine par 3 holes. The slope ratings for this golf course are Blue 125, White 116, and Red 113. If you spontaneously want to play golf, you can also come over to Thousand Hills Golf Resort since there are also golf club rentals available at this place. For the beginners, you can also level up your game in Thousand Hills’ golf course by asking assistance from the resident golf professional. You can also use the Yamaha Carts with GPS in the golf course without additional charge. The golf course also has a snack bar and grill just in case you get hungry from playing a lot of golf.

For your lodging needs, look no further and book your stay in Thousand Hills, too! It offers you several lodging options to suit your needs. Make your golf experience in Branson even more memorable in Thousand Hills! For more inquiries and reservations, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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Experience Andy William’s Moon River Theater


Branson Missouri is one place where all the good theaters can be found. This is definitely heaven for all the theater geeks and play goers out there. Because of this, there is no doubt that Branson is now dubbed as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. If you are planning for your vacation to the Midwest, make sure you know where to catch the best shows in Branson.

One of Branson’s fantastic theaters is the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. Named after Andy Williams, this theater shows a lot of promise and talent just like Andy Williams. Williams had a legendary career in the field of music. A lot of Branson guests and locals have come to Andy Williams Moon River Theater just to hear him sing. Aside from the acts of Andy Williams, there are also other shows that are equally exciting to watch out for.

How exactly did Andy Williams start out? Andy Williams grew up in a small town in Iowa and started his love for music at the age of eight. He has three brothers who, with him, formed the Williams Brothers Quartet and they rose to popularity and did their very first professional recording in 1944. Andy then moved to New York to pursue his talent and love for music. It was not long before he started conquering the charts with his hits like Canadian Sunset. He, then, expanded his career by doing some live performances and television shows. It was in the year 1992 when Andy Williams was able to put up a 12-million dollar theater in Branson. Andy Williams continued to perform in his theater until the year 2011. He was diagnosed of cancer, and passed away in September 2012.

Even now, he is still sharing his talent and musical prowess through the theater that he built. The Moon River Theater in Branson has a very relaxing façade, complete with a rushing stream, waterfalls, and exceptional landscaping. The Andy Williams Moon River Theater won the 1992 Conservation Award for developed Land Use from the State of Missouri. The interior of the theater lets you get to know more about Andy Williams. You can see his personal art collection in the theater itself so the guests could enjoy them.

The Moon River stage has become a launching pad for other artists in Branson. Stars like Randy Travis, Lee Greenwood, Clint Black, Daniel O’Donnell, and many more have all performed in Branson’s Moon River Theater. So far, the most popular show in this theater is the Andy Williams Christmas Show. This family-friendly show in the Moon River Theater is definitely something that you should not miss. The next time you plan for your Christmas vacation in Branson, make sure that you include a visit to the Moon River Theater as one of your itinerary.

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What’s In Store For An April In Branson


Branson is known to be the entertainment capital of the world. The winter season usually sees the most visitors in Branson, especially with the grand celebration of Christmas. With all the attractions and activities in Branson, every day of the year would surely be a good time to visit. For your vacation this April, choose Branson to be your prime destination. There will never be a dull moment in Branson!

The month of April in Branson marks the blooming of the spring season. This season can promise you the very best of the sceneries in Branson. Also, you get to see a lot of events in the city. Although April tends to draw a lot of tourists in Branson already, the full crowds are not yet here so you can enjoy most of the Branson attractions and activities. There might be a line when you go to Silver Dollar City or to Branson’s outlet malls and restaurants, but these line are much shorter as compared to the crowds during the winter.

For the sports fans, there is the NAIA Basketball Tournament in Branson during April. In here, you can witness healthy but competitive games between the colleges. Who knows, you might just be looking at your future NBA superstars already? Aside from this, Branson also has the freshest live music shows and theater plays to offer you during April. Your visit to Branson will guarantee you that you will be one of the firsts to see the new acts and skits of the talented entertainers in Branson. In April, you will also get to enjoy watching these awesome live shows of Branson in a cheaper price. This is because the ticket prices of these live shows are less expensive during this time of the year. The entertainers are practicing their new acts, and the tourists in Branson are not that crowded as compared to the number of tourists during the peak months of the year. If you visit Branson during April 15 to 24, you will be just in time for the Springtastic Show Spree. This event is hosted by Branson so the people can enjoy ten different shows in Branson for one low price. The Springtastic Show Spree would be just perfect for you to be able to enjoy much of Branson’s famous live music shows while saving some money.

April is also the month when the World-Fest of Silver Dollar City happens. This is the largest international festival in America and this is happening in Branson on April 17 up to May 5. This festival in Silver Dollar City is one of the most anticipated because it simply brings together all the best acts, performers, and dishes from all around the globe. Aside from this, there is also the US Open Bow Fishing Championship on April 6, and also the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce Spring Gold Tournament on April 19. For the retro music lovers, you are gonna love your visit to Branson this April since there would be an Elvis festival on April 12 to 14.

Book your trip to Branson now, and don’t forget to go to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for your lodging needs. In Thousand Hills, you are assured of a variety of options and also convenience, since it is situated near Branson’s entertainment district. For more inquiries and reservations, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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