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Festival of Trees

The Inaugural Branson Festival of Trees at Branson Landing

By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

Summer Winds Resorts and Chick-fil-A will be partnering up this holiday season to add the 1st Annual Branson Festival of Trees to the growing list of holiday festivities throughout the region. This new event, which will be taking place November 4 – December 10, will be hosted at the Branson Landing.

Branson Festival of Trees

Official logo of the Branson Festival of Trees

Not only will visitors be able to stroll the boardwalk of the Branson Landing and tour an impressive collection of elaborately decorated Christmas trees and wreaths, but those very items will be for sale! There is one very good reason to consider purchasing your tree from the Festival of Trees this year…proceeds from this sale of trees and wreaths will benefit Christian Action Ministries, a food pantry and mobile food outreach that helps those in need throughout Taney County.

Branson Festival of Trees

Christian Action Ministries Official Logo

Since 1984, CAM has been assisting the Branson area to face the issue of food insecurity. Just last year, more than 38,000 people received assistance from the Branson and Forsyth Pantries as well as the Mobile Distribution headquartered in eastern Taney County.

The Christmas spirit is about much more than presents and lights – it is also a time to care for those who may be going through a season of struggle, experiencing difficulties to make ends meet. Through the Festival of Trees, you can join Summer Winds Resorts and Chick-Fil-A in supporting Christian Action Ministries and the thousands of people who will be impacted this year.

The Festival of Trees will include other activities as well – enjoy milk & cookies with Santa, listen to and perhaps sing along with Christmas carolers, and even participate in special appearances by the Chick-fil-A cow!

The Branson Festival of Trees will begin on November 4 continuing through December 10.

Schedules and updates are available at the official Festival of Trees website here.

Admission to this inaugural event is completely free! So bring your friends and family along to get into the spirit of the holidays with Branson Landing, Chick-fil-A and Summer Winds Resorts.


If you, or your organization, would like to participate or become a sponsor of the Branson Festival of Trees, select from several different levels of sponsorship by following this link: Click for Sponsership

Kent Rollins

Cowboy Cook Kent Rollins at Silver Dollar City

Finding its beginning in the Texas Panhandle, the popularity of the chuck wagon spread across the Old West like a wild fire as it became known as a means to fellowship over the food cooked over an open fire.

Cowboy cooking is an American tradition that has slowly dwindled into our past as America has advanced into new technological horizons. However, Kent Rollins and wife Shannon work to preserve the tradition one cooking demonstration at a time.

Rollins' Chuckwagon

The chuckwagon that the Rollins’ cook off of during their demonstrations.

Featured on many top-performing Food Network shows like “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay”, “Chopped Grill Masters”, “Chopped Redemption” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”, Rollins maintains an undefeated record on NBC’s “Food Fighters”. Visitors to Ozark Mountain Country can now enjoy the culinary mastery of Rollins up close and personal at the Silver Dollar City National Crafts & Cowboy Festival where the couple will be whipping up many of their favorite dishes through the end of October.

Throughout the demonstration of the chuckwagon, Kent Rollins shares the history of each meal as he prepares it. His stories reflect the historical past of ranchers and cowpokes when they roamed the range. It is no wonder that Rollins has earned the “Best Cowboy Humorist” and “Storyteller of the Year” awards by the Academy of Western Artists.

The team at Choose Branson recently visited Rollins as he performed a demonstration in which he prepared his famous bread pudding and shared the story of the dish that inspired its creation which can be seen in our video here.

Choose Branson

Kerry from ChooseBranson.com meets Rollins during his demonstration.

You don’t want to miss the classic opportunity to enjoy some great down home cooking while reliving America’s past in Branson this month. So get out your hats, boots and denims and visit ChooseBranson.com to purchase tickets to the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival. While there, you may also book your lodging, and find special deals throughout the season to make your trip a “YEEHAW” blast!

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Silver Dollar City

National Craft and Cowboy Festival

 

Silver Dollar City’s favorite festival is back and better than ever in 2017.

The National Crafts & Cowboy Festival is now taking place through October 28. Choose Branson was able to check out what is new this season and what makes this festival one of the favorites for guests and SDC employees alike.

When you first enter the park you will notice an unique piece of Silver Dollar City history. An original stagecoach that was purchased in 1960 has made its return to the property. It has undergone a detailed restoration process. The story behind the coach is displayed and visitors have the chance to learn about its past only during the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival.

Just beyond the stagecoach is the Silver Dollar City town square. Here you will find the “Best of Missouri Hands” proudly on display. Throughout the year SDC is home to 100 different craftsmen regularly. During the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival that number more than doubles. Vendors display their goods and demonstrate their skills on-site. You will find a wide array of products in the square, but there are plenty more throughout the entire park.

Like the Cowboy Emporium at the Frisco Freight Company. The art included in this exhibit is completely western inspired. From horseshoe art, antler baskets and photos of iconic figures of the American West this is the place for any Old West enthusiast to visit. You will also find Native American art at the Cowboy Emporium as well.

Get your tickets for the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival at ChooseBranson.com and see for yourself why fall in the Ozarks is the perfect time to visit Silver Dollar City.