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April 2010

World-Fest returns to Silver Dollar City to thrill your family!

Silver Dollar City's World-FestEach spring international performers from around the world gather in America's Heartland for Silver Dollar City's World-Fest. It's a celebration of global proportions where laughter and music are universal languages. See traditional favorites and terrific new groups as you discover the beauty of cultures from continents far away at America's Largest International Festival!

A stellar lineup of international performers will transport you to their native lands through music and dance! Including Fiery Fiddles, featuring internationally acclaimed musician Janice Martin, "The World's Only Flying Fiddler," and Nova Scotia's premier fiddle champion, Jennifer Roland; "Calpulli" Mexican Dance Troupe; "Footprints Diego Martin" Trinidad Drums & Dance; Zhejiang Chinese Acrobats starring the Balancing Monks; Russian Academic Band; Ecuador Manta returning with "Flutes of the Andes"; and Argentina's Los Pampas Gauchos.

Try savory specialties and taste-tempting desserts from around the globe at Tastes of the World. Or take a class at the Culinary & Craft School during World-Fest for recipes with an international flavor (nominal fee applies).

Enter to win a European Vacation For Two to London and Paris! It's all part of Silver Dollar City's yearlong 50th Celebration. Visit SilverDollarCity50.com for more details.


See The World In Branson in April and May

See The World In Branson, Branson's newest springtime event, began April 1 and continues through May. The area-wide festival allows visitors the opportunity to experience different cultures without having to travel abroad. You already know that Branson is home to some of the world's best performers and entertainers... now it's possible to experience most every continent and get a taste of different cultures in a single visit to the Branson area.

Local theaters, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses are representing countries from all around the world during this two-month festival. An international festival that coincides with Silver Dollar City's World-Fest is a perfect fit to for Branson. Already, entertainment such as the Acrobats of China, Twelve Irish Tenors, Shoji Tabuchi, the Liverpool Legends, Yakov Smirnoff, Island Fire and others bring internationally acclaimed entertainment to the area. With this festival, many other area venues and performers are highlighting additional global cultures.

"There are some very exciting things planned during the festival. For example, we have a hotel that has chosen to represent France and, in tribute to the Louvre, will be showcasing an art walk throughout the property featuring both the owner's private collection and the work of local artists. We have restaurants that will be doing specials from very popular International cuisine. All of this is in addition to the absolutely amazing things the theaters and local attractions are planning," says event spokesperson Toyea Youngblood.

For more information, visit www.seetheworldinbranson.com


Branson AirExpress adds nonstop flights to Nashville and Gulfport/Biloxi

Branson Airport (BKG), the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States is pleased to announce additional nonstop service between Nashville, Tennessee and Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi. Once again this new service expands the flexibility and convenience of getting to Branson, the Live Music Show Capital of America.

The new service will be marketed as public charter flights by Branson AirExpress and operated by ExpressJet Airlines.  Service will begin May 17, 2010, to Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) and offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Branson AirExpress has partnered with several Midwestern and South-Central airports to initiate and promote new air service to Branson and between partner cities. Earlier this year, Branson AirExpress announced nonstop service five days a week between Branson and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – Austin, Texas, William P. Hobby Airport - Houston, Texas, Des Moines International Airport – Des Moines, Iowa and three times a week between Branson and Shreveport Regional Airport – Shreveport, Louisiana and Terre Haute International Airport, Terre Haute, Indiana. In addition to offering this new Branson nonstop service, passengers may combine flight segments to create connecting flights between partner airports. The Nashville and Gulfport/Biloxi flights will connect to Austin and Houston, Texas.

Tickets may be purchased by calling toll free 1-888-FLY-BKG1 (1-888-359-2541), by visiting BransonAirExpress.com, or at the airports in Branson and all of the partner cities.

ExpressJet features a young fleet of fuel-efficient Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft configured with no middle seats, more than 100 channels of free XM® Satellite radio, and cushioned leather seating.


Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. appearing at Mickey Gilley Theatre

2009 & 2010 FAME (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment) "Western Music Artist of the Year" award winner, Roy Rogers Jr., puts on a show sure to please audiences from the youngest cowpokes to their grandparents!

Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. has appeared at many major rodeos, state fairs, conventions, concert halls, and dinner houses throughout the U.S. and Canada.  In 2003 and 2004, he had the distinct pleasure to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In 2010 you can find Roy Rogers, Jr. performing at his new location, the Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson.  Dusty has put together an all new High Riders band who represent five of the most talented, versatile musicians in Branson. Dusty’s new sound features rich, three-part male harmonies reminiscent of the Sons of the Pioneers. The show features classic cowboy western music as well as bluegrass and songs of faith.

To the delight of the fans, Dustin Roy Rogers - son to Dusty and grandson to Roy - joins his father onstage again in 2010.  Dustin sounds and looks very much like his grandfather, who fans remember from the days of the silver screen cowboys.

Shows are performed Tuesday through Saturday at 10am at the Mickey Gilley Theatre. Call 866-ROY-ROGERS for tickets. 


Neal McCoy appearing at the new Clay Cooper Theatre

Two-time entertainer of the year, Neal McCoy is no stranger to country music fans. His career has landed him 3 Platinum albums, 1 Gold album, and 5 number-1 hit singles including "No Doubt About It", "The Shake", and "Wink".

Neal is a true performer, spending 220 dates on the road as well as performing overseas for our military in the past 14 USO Tours. In 2010, Neal is performing in Branson at the new Clay Cooper Theatre. And your family can enjoy a mouth-watering lunch or dinner at the theatre and, you never know -- Neal himself may just join you! Call for Reservations, 417-332-2529.


The Texas Tenors Are Coming To Branson

Over 100 million people from around the world tuned in to see The Texas Tenors become “The #1 Vocal Group in the history of America’s Got Talent.”  Winning the hearts of millions, The Texas Tenors burst onto the scene and never looked back. They were just three friends with a dream when they walked onstage in Houston, TX and auditioned for America’s Got Talent.  With a blend of Country, Classical, Pop and Gospel, Marcus, JC, and John combine their unique voices to create a one-of-a-kind sound.

Fresh off exhilarating performances in Las Vegas and sold-out engagements across the nation, The Texas Tenors ride into Branson, MO to headline at The Starlite Theatre May 9-12, 2010 and September 28 through October 23, 2010.  Tickets and show times are available at www.starlitetheatre.com.


Oh Baby! Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Branson to Host Fertility Statue Exhibit

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Branson will host the return of the world-famous Ripley's Fertility Statues for public viewing from May 3 to May 30. Please don't touch - unless you want a baby!

More than 2,000 women have reported that they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues. Many of them had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive. Some are very serious about touching the statues, believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues - for the very same reason!

The five-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast of West Africa in 1993, and were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment's corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors were pregnant.

Following a December 1995 story in the Wall Street Journal chronicling the phenomenon, the demand to touch them became international news. In the ensuing years, the edifices made three trips around the world. They were retired to the Ripley warehouse in 2001, but due to great demand, they were put on display at the Ripley headquarters in Orlando, where women routinely made special visits just to see and touch the statues.

The statues will be on display in the lobby of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Branson from May 3 through May 30.  Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business hours.


Silver Dollar City Presents KidsFest, June 5 – August 8

Celebrating its 50th Birthday all year, Silver Dollar City presents KidsFest, June 5 – August 8, showcasing the new $7 million ride adventure Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast.

RiverBlast is America’s Biggest Water Battle, a super-soaking water raft ride themed around the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Raft riders with water soakers battle raft-to-raft and raft-to-shore, dodging streams of water from sharpshooters ashore. KidsFest also features kid-favorite entertainment from a new stunt dog show to the Magic of Peter Gossamer. Also new are Silver Dollar City & Friends meet-and-greets with kid-favorite cartoon characters, like SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and more throughout the summer at the Branson theme park. 800-831-4FUN(386) or www.silverdollarcity.com.


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