Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival: From Stagecoach to Stages & Cowboys to Craftsmen

Publish Date: 
Friday, September 2, 2016

September 14 - October 29. (Branson, Mo. 9/2016) Known for five decades for bringing the history, culture and craftsmanship of the 1880s Ozarks to life, Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival presents a showcase of adventure and art, from a stagecoach to the stages and cowboys to craftsmen. Features include a Wild West Show, the return of the park’s historic stagecoach, Western music and art, a barn dance and hundreds of demonstrating craftsmen. The festival runs September 14 – October 29 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

The Silver Dollar City Wild West Show captures the excitement of the traveling wild west shows of the 1880s, featuring trick riders, Native American dance with 8-time World Champion Native American Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance, comedy canines, and trick roper and bullwhip artist A.J. Silver. The Wild West Show runs through October 16.

The festival marks the homecoming of the historic Silver Dollar City Stagecoach, an authentic 1880s stagecoach that was part of the Overland Stage Line carrying mail and passengers out West before it became one of the first rides at Silver Dollar City in the early 1960s. The restored coach is an artifact of American and Silver Dollar City history.

A major spotlight is craftsmanship, as the park features 125 top craftsmen from around the country, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists and a showcase of Western artists, all joining Silver Dollar City’s 100 resident craftsmen. Featured crafts include weaving, jewelry making, stained glass, basket making, gourd carving and painting.
Additional Festival Features:

  • “Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium” with a variety of Western crafts from painting to moccasin making, hosted by Western actor and watercolor artist Buck Taylor

  • Western musicians including Western Album of the Year winner Belinda Gail, Vocalist of the Year Syd Masters, Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year Kristyn Harris, and Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

  • Chuck wagon historian and chef Kent Rollins, whose talents have landed him on the Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” with trail-side cooking

  • Extreme Mustang Makeovers with mustang expert Fred Woehl, who tames and trains rescued wild mustangs during the festival 

  • Award-winning Cowboy Poet Chris Isaacs, a three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists "Will Rogers Award” 

  • The Barn Dance with an open dance floor for guests to strut, slide and stomp, with live music by the Horsecreek Band

Fall harvest activities from sorghum and apple butter making are demonstrated on the Square, and harvest-time foods are served up throughout the park. 

The National Harvest Festival runs September 14 – October 29 at the Branson, Missouri theme park, open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and 9:30 a.m. –