It’s really what’s not to like about Silver Dollar City attractions in Branson, Missouri. The moment you get past the gates to this (more than 100 acres) theme park, you’d be greeted with nicest smiles (everybody’s on an absolutely fun mode), aromas of freshly-baked breads and pastries and “just as you’d expect” coolest atmosphere (it’s go slow or go fast, it’s happy days are here again!). It’s my second trip to this “wonderland” and the attractions, shops and activities are ever-changing, I really enjoy (I’m absolutely going back for more) a full day at Silver Dollar City, it’s just a fun place to enjoy unbelievable treats (candy store, apple dumplings, mountain size cookies, pork rinds, hot chocolate, specialty breads, skillet cookery, tater twist, and lots more), to learn from and chat with demonstrating craftsmen like Culinary expert Debbie Dance Uhrig, and to enjoy the thrill rides (let me clarify this, haha, I only said, enjoy hearing/watching kids and families screams on water raft rides and roller coasters). It’s good old-fashioned family fun, day or night, it’s just magical!
SDC’s Managers (including Lisa Rau and Martha Hoy Bohner) welcomed the media to Silver Dollar City and while we enjoyed a fabulous meal offerings of chicken with apple butter, prime rib and ham, pumpkin/pecan pie and chocolate layer cake, the 2012 exciting events in Silver Dollar City were announced (what’s new for 2012).
*World-fest (April 12 – May 6) – features top entertainment from around the world —
AARON CARUSO – Operatic tenor, trained by Rome’s Maestro Viccio and recently had a sold out show at Carnegie Hall
PIAZZA de FIESTA – “Little Italy” plaza comes alive with flag throwers, living statues, stilt walkers and colorful costime parade
MARIACHI DIVAS – Grammy Award-winning all-female music Ensemble
HAWAIIAN COUNTRY MUSIC – Stars four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoku
PERU’S YAWAR CHICCHI – folk music and dance troupe
KENYAN SARAKASI ACROBATS – world renowned acrobats from Nairobi, Kenya
RUSSIAN ACADEMIC BAND
HEARBHAIL FINNEGAN – Ireland’s premier harpist
SLOVENIAN POLKA PARTY
*Bluegrass and BBQ Festival (May 10 – June 3, 2012) - see electrifying performances by some of the top names in Bluegrass music, from award-winning favorites to red-hot rising stars and enjoy a barbecue feast
RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE, THE GRASCALS, DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, KRUGER BROTHERS, GIBSON BROTHERS, BALSAM RANGE, LITTLE ROY & LIZZY
BLUEGRASS COMPETITIONS – The National Single Mic Championship (May 19 & 20) and the Youth In Bluegrass Band Contest (May 26 & 27)
BARBECUE FEAST – BBQ grills filled with over 40,000 pound of barbecue (Memphis dry rubs, Carolina vinegars, smoky Texas eats and sweet KC-style)
*National KidsFest (June 9 – July 22, 2012) -it’s the Ultimate Summer Vacation for families
THE FABULOUS WALLENDAS – famous family circus topbilled by Guinness World Record High Wire-Walker and Discovery Channel star Nik Wallenda
LUMA – high-tech illumination techniques for a three-dimensional show of light, color and motion
GAZILLION BUBBLES – an interactive show with lasers, lighting effects and sheer bubble mastery
CARTOON CHARACTER MEET AND GREETS
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (July 4) – a salute to veterans complete with fireworks
*Southern Gospel Picnic (August 24 – September 3, 2012) - features Dove Award winners and top gospel acts
BOOTH BROTHERS, TRIUMPHANT QUARTET, JEFF & SHERI EASTER, ISAACS, COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY
PICNIC-STYLE FOODS – all mouthwatering including the Silver Dollar City’s famous fried chicken (Had them on my first trip to SDC, and yes, to die for, the best)
*National Harvest Festival (September 13 – October 27, 2012) – top-rated craft festival
WESTERN STUNT SHOW by professional stunt men and women
DEMONSTRATING CRAFTSMEN from around the country
BEST OF MISSOURI HANDS JURIED ARTISTS
BUCK TAYLOR – legendary Western star and water color artist
COWBOY POETS, WILD MUSTANGS, TRICK HORSE STUNTS, TRICK ROPING AND BULL WHIP
*An Old Time Christmas (November 3 – December 30, 2012) – heralded “the Most Illuminated Park on Earth” by the Travel Channel
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – all new musical production adapted from the Frank Capra classic
CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET – light & sound show featuring the 5-story Special Effects Christmas Tree
A DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL – this is really worth watching (see my slideshow below)
HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE, MUSICAL LIVING NATIVITY
How do you start your day at Silver Dollar City? I recommend you go right ahead to Silver Dollar City’s first restaurant, Molly’s Mill Restaurant where a hearty Ozark breakfast/brunch buffet is served (it’s air conditioned and dig in to Miss Molly’s famous Southern-style Fried chicken). Then before leisurely walking around, check the schedule of classes at the Culinary & Craft School (Master Craftsman Debbie Dance Uhrig always has exciting recipes to share to you in a state-of-the art Kitchen Showroom, complete with Viking appliances, flat screen TV for over head views and tiered seating for close-up viewing). Now you’re on your own, wander around and don’t forget the candy factory (sugar confections of all sizes and shapes and flavors, yum!).
Remember: In Silver Dollar City, it’s your show…come hungry, come as you please and stay as long as you like, until park closes at 9:30 pm!
For more info, please visit website: http://www.silverdollarcity.com
Again, to CVB Lynn Berry and the entire Branson and SDC team: congrats and job well done!