Fall Fun for the Whole Family at Silver Dollar City

This week I went to Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival and had a blast!

The park was decked out in bright and colorful autumn decor with gourds, pumpkins and a larger than life cornucopia basket at the entrance of the park. Craftsmen were lined up throughout the park displaying handcrafted goods like glassblown collectibles and home decor, original artwork, painted gourds and more.

Silver Dollar City is so festive during the fall season and a day filled with roller coasters is about the best thing you can ask for. The rides are as fun as ever during the fall, with Outlaw Run being a personal favorite of mine.

Of course, no visit to Silver Dollar City is complete without a warm, hearty skillet meal and a bowl of strawberries and cream. If you haven’t tried either one, you are seriously missing out.

Also featured at the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival is the popular Western Barn Dance, a cowboy poet and chuckwagon demonstrations, wild mustangs, boatloads of talented western and bluegrass musicians and this year is the final year for the Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show so don’ t miss out!

Sadly, I was too busy riding the roller coasters all day to check out any of the shows but I’m planning on going back before October 25 when the fall festival ends.

Get your tickets to Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival here.



National Harvest & Cowboy Festival Kicks off at Silver Dollar City

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and hop on the trail to Branson because today is the first day of National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City, featuring an all new Wild West Show with trick riders, ropers Native American dancers and more!

This popular, annual festival will continue through October 25 so you’ve got lots of time to plan your fall trip to Branson.

The National  Harvest & Cowboy Festival also features more than 125 visiting craftsmen including Best of Missouri Hands, live western and bluegrass music, a cowboy poet, chuckwagon cooking demos, wild Silver Dollar Citymustangs and a western barn dance. This year’s festival will also host the last year of the Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show.

In addition to all these fun activities, you and your family will be able to experience autumn in the Ozarks. Warm-colored changing leaves, the sweet smell of cooking spices and cinnamon and the cool crisp air that begins to seep through the Ozarks in October will make for a memorable trip to Branson.

For tickets to Silver Dollar City, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buySilverDollarCityTickets.cfm.


Step Into the World of a Cowboy at Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival

Silver Dollar CityA few days ago, I blogged about all the Branson festivals this fall and briefly touched on Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, but the truth is, this event needs a whole blog post of its own. With a Wild West Stunt Show, featured festival crafts, western and bluegrass musicians, trail-side cooking demonstrations, cowboy poetry and even more great family activities, there’s just too much to tell! So if you decide to head to Silver Dollar City for the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival September 12-October 25, here’s what you can expect to find.

The NEW Silver Dollar City Wild West Show. This high action show features exciting trick riding by a troupe of talented cowboys, a horse-riding female sharpshooter, trick roping and bullwhip artistry, comedy canines and Native American hoop dancing. The show will also present rodeo rider and roper A.J. Silver and six-time world champion Native American hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance. The Western stunt show will return this fall to showcase “The Pinkerton Man” who will demonstrate some crazy high-flying stunts with pyrotechnic effects and explosions and a cast of professional stuntmen and women with live animals.

Delicious harvest-time Food. This fall festival just wouldn’t be complete without the fixins. Fill your belly with warm homemade soups, savory smoked turkey legs and hearty skillet dishes. Sorghum and apple butter making will also be demonstrated on the square for those who would like to observe.

Fall harvest crafts. At any time throughout the year, you can visit Silver Dollar City and see dozens of expert craftsmen demonstrations but at the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, 125 artisans from around the country will join the already 100 craftsmen at Silver Dollar City to showcase the western arts. Watch top craftsmen demonstrate gourd carving, leather crafting, jewelry making, painting, basket making and more!

Silver Dollar CityMidwest Living Fall cooking classes. Learn how to work the most delicious fall staples into your weekly meal plan with classes focusing on delicious favorites like chili, apple pie, pumpernickel bread, fall succotash and squash.

As always, Silver Dollar City will also be hosting an array of country and bluegrass musicians as well as chef Kent Rollins and his new show “Food Fighters” featuring trail-side cooking demonstrations, expert horseman Fred Woehl as he tames and trains wild rescued wild mustangs, cowboy stories and poetry from Chris Isaacs and the Barn Dance with live music from the Horsecreek Band.

As you can see, the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival provides even more entertainment and fun (outside of the already amazing amusement park rides) for the whole family. So if you’d like to experience it for yourself, order your tickets here and step into the world of an old-time cowboy.

Celebrate Fall With These Festivals in Branson

fall festivalAutumn always seems to go by so quickly so you’ll want to make you sure don’t let it fly by without making a trip to Branson for some of these amazing festivals featuring Ozark arts and crafts, hay bales, gourd art, the smell of warm, fresh baked goods and the beautiful fall colors.

National Harvest & Cowboy Festival

September 12-October 25

Wednesdays through Sundays during September 12-October 25 at Silver Dollar City will feature a Wild West Show with trick riders, Native American dancers and more, the popular Western Barn Dance, Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show and more than 125 visiting craftsmen. Enjoy the sights and smells of Fall at the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival.

41st Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival

September 18-20

Enjoy free live music, peruse the crafts and specialty items from vendors all across the country as they demonstrate their techniques and stop by the food court for some delicious festival fare. The Autumn Daze festival in Historic Downtown Branson will also feature a celebrity autograph booth a Downtown Branson sidewalk sale and much more. Festival hours are Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

fall festivalBranson Landing’s 4th Annual Artisan’s Market

September 26-27

This event is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and it’s all about the artists and their crafts, with handcrafted décor, artwork, gifts and accessories lining the sidewalks of the Branson Landing. Browse the variety of tents that fill the market and don’t miss the Journey Resurrection Live in Concert show at 8 p.m. on September 26.

Hollister Grape & Fall Festival

October 11

More than 7,000 people attended last year’s Grape & Fall Festival and this year is expected to bring the masses too. Entertainment is provided by local entertainers and the famous Grape Stompers and the festival will also host local businesses, crafters and culinary experts. Sign up your team to enter the grape stomping contest where you’ll stomp along in your costumes and to your own mix of music. Stomp with style for two minutes for the chance to the 1st place Ugly Monkey Grape Stomp trophy.

Fall is just around the corner and soon enough the leaves will be turning all shades of red and orange and the smells of cinnamon will fill the cool, crisp air. Celebrate the season with your family at one of these great Branson area Fall festivals!