Branson's Ozark Mountain Spring Underway with 40+ Special Events and Festivals Through May!
Branson, MO — Branson is off to a fresh start for spring! With more than 40 special events and festivals through the month of May, Ozark Mountain Spring offers both new, as well as tried-and-true, shows, attractions and other activities for visitors to enjoy.
“For more than 50 years, the Live Music Show Capital of America has been a favorite for springtime travelers,” says Jimmy Osmond. “We moved our families here in the early ’90s and continue coming home to Branson because of the beauty of the seasons and the wonderful people. Branson blooms in March, along with the dogwoods, redbuds and wildflowers, while it showcases the world-famous music shows, family attractions, unique theme parks, new acts, features and exhibits.”
Internationally-awarded theme park Silver Dollar City opens a new million-dollar area for kids, Half Dollar Holler, and presents two Spring festivals, bringing in international performers from countries around the globe for World-Fest, followed by Bluegrass & BBQ, presenting the top performers in bluegrass music and a huge all-American barbecue.
Spring is a great time for activities on the water, and the 700-seat Showboat Branson Belle cruises Table Rock Lake presenting the new show ENCORE!, starring the world’s only violin-playing aerialist, Janice Martin, and a new male vocal group, The ShowMen, plus a new menu, new staging and new décor. In late May, White Water water park debuts its new highly-themed tropical river adventure, Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay, a $3 million expansion.
From the Branson collector car auction to the 3rd annual Missouri Food & Wine Festival and the FLW Bass Fishing tournament, spring is the perfect time to experience all the Branson/Lakes Area has to offer.
New for 2011, Armed Forces Celebration is the weekend of May 21 and will include a golf tournament where the active-duty personnel are the celebrities; the Showboat Branson Belle’s special salute to the Armed Forces; and the “Branson Doesn't Forget the Armed Forces” show – A star-studded USO-style show done as only Branson can!
“Those of us who live here know that Branson honors our veterans every day,” said Clay Cooper, who has been performing for Branson audiences since he was 16 and has his theater across from TITANIC. “We’re excited about a celebration in May to show our servicemen and women just how much we appreciate them.”
Special events are planned each week during Ozark Mountain Spring, including Kewpiesta and Historic Downtown Branson’s Plumb Nellie Arts & Crafts Festival.
For a complete listing of all the shows, attractions, festivals and events during Ozark Mountain Spring, visit ExploreBranson.com!
Branson Hosting New Tribute to Active-Duty Military Personnel
Join us May 20-21 for a new two-day tribute to our active-duty armed forces. Of course, Branson honors America's heroes and veterans every day, but this new event gives those servicemen and women and their families an opportunity to reunite with others from all branches of service.
“We feel it is important the active duty Armed Forces get as much recognition as the veterans of the past wars,” said June Tillis, interim vice chairwoman of the Branson Veterans Task Force.
The weekend's schedule:
Friday May 20, 2011 – Golf Tournament
Where active-duty personnel are the celebrities...
Friday May 20, 2011 – Showboat Branson Belle “Special Armed Forces Day Salute”
7:15 pm Boarding begins for the 8 pm Cruise
Saturday May 21, 2011 – BSA Pancake Breakfast
7:00 am to 10:00 am Branson United Methodist Church (next to Veterans Memorial Museum)
Saturday May 21, 2011 – Armed Forces Meet & Greet
10:30 am to 1:00 pm - A reunion of each branch of the military... Reunite with friends and make preparations to wave flags and banners and show your colors for the afternoon “Big Show.”
Saturday May 21, 2011 – Branson Doesn't Forget the Armed Forces “Big Show”
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Tri-Lakes Center Theatre – Hwy. 248
For more information on Military/Veterans Activities in Branson, visit ExploreBranson.com/veterans or call 1-877-BRANSON
Branson Airport Named in America’s Top 10 Stress-Free Airports
Branson Airport (BKG) has been named one of America’s Top 10 Stress-Free Airports by SmarterTravel.com.
Branson ranked along with airports in Seattle, Washington; Palm Springs, California; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Tucson, Arizona; Austin, Texas; Providence, Rhode Island; New Bern, North Carolina; Orlando and Palm Beach, Florida. The announcement cites airport amenities, the rustic décor, customer service and the “Branson Wave” as bragging points.
“This is a great honor as customer service is one of our top priorities,” stated Jeff Bourk, Branson Airport’s executive director. “We are pleased to be among the airports recognized and all of our employees are to be commended for their efforts.”
Branson Airport is serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Branson AirExpress. AirTran offers nonstop flights to Atlanta (ATL), Orlando (MCO), Chicago (MDW), Houston (HOU) and Baltimore/Washington and Frontier flies nonstop to Denver (DEN) with seasonal service to Milwaukee (MKE). Branson AirExpress, a public charter service operated by Corporate Flight Management offers nonstops four days a week to Austin (AUS) and Dallas (RBD), Texas. With over 100 connections to cities all over the globe, you can get to and from Branson in no time.
To take advantage of low fares call toll free 1-888-FLY-BKG1 (1-888-359-2541), 417-334-8857 or visit FlyBranson.com.
Silver Dollar City’s 2011 Festival Highlights
WORLD-FEST (April 7 – May 8)
BLUEGRASS & BBQ (May 12 – 30)
NATIONAL KIDSFEST (June 11 – July 24)
MOONLIGHT MADNESS (July 23 – August 7)
SOUTHERN GOSPEL PICNIC (August 25 – September 5)
NATIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL (September 10 – October 29)
AN OLD TIME CHRISTMAS (November 5 – December 30)
For more information, visit SilverDollarCity.com.
Best Western Music Capital Inn Recognized As Tripadvisor Top Family Friendly Hotel
The Best Western Music Capital Inn has been recognized by TripAdvisor as a Travelers’ Choice Family Award Hotel.
The top family-friendly hotels were determined by the highest review ratings from those who traveled with family. Unlike other honors, TripAdvisor winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews from travelers around the world.
“Receiving this award from TripAdvisor’s members is a tremendous honor,” stated Gail Myer, Vice President of Operations for Myer Hotels. “The Best Western Music Capital Inn continually strives for excellence.”
"Our entire team works very hard to daily exceed our guests’ expectations” noted Sue Gordy, General Manager of the Best Western Music Capital Inn.
In the last few years, The Best Western Music Capital Inn has also received the Best Western Chairman’s award and was featured in NBC television’s The Great American Road Trip. This property is also consistently rated one of the top hotels in Branson according to TripAdvisor.com. Across from the Shoji Tabuchi Theater, and within walking distance to several other theaters and restaurants, the Best Western Music Capital Inn is a popular destination in Branson.
About Myer Hotels
In the lodging business for 44 years, the Myer family has actively contributed to Branson’s hospitality market for 28 years and received numerous national awards. Myer Hotels includes the Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Best Western Music Capital Inn, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows, Comfort Inn West, and Holiday Inn Express Green Mountain Drive. The properties emphasize excellent locations, countless amenities and exceptional customer service while focusing on great value in the upper mid-scale area. For more information about these hotels please visit www.myerhotels.com.
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