Just as autumn hits its stride and leaves begin to fall, one of the most popular festivals in the Ozark Mountains begins on September 12 and runs through October 25, 2014. The National Harvest Festival kicks off at Branson, Missouri theme park Silver Dollar City, considered the home of American craftsmanship. The six-week annual festival is a community favorite, showcasing the best talent and creativity of local artists and musicians. Join in on the fun and take part in jewelry, woodcarving and other fun arts and crafts as you enjoy the sights and sounds of scenic Branson. Live musical performances feature the best singers and performers in country, western, gospel and bluegrass music.
The theme of the event is A Salute to the Great American Cowboy. Enjoy features that throwback to the American west, complete with trick riding and Western saddle presentations. Gunsmoke star Buck Taylor emcees stars from memorable American Western films. Performers include Asleep at the Wheel, Bill Barwick Sons of the San Joaquin, Native American Hoop Dancing, Sons of the Silver Dollar, Judy Coder & Pride of the Prairie, Roy Rogers, Jr. and Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave.
Among the exciting activities are performances of unequaled horsemanship by the Texas Trick Riders; live performances of the action-packed and Western stunt-filled original good-vs.-evil drama, The Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show; musical performances of cowboy tunes and Western Swing; Extreme Mustang Makeovers with Fred Woehl, demonstrations of training techniques by which wild horses are gently prepared for adoption; and authentic chuckwagon cooking presentations by Kent Rollins, working out of his restored 1876 Studebaker wagon.
If you’re planning a vacation to Branson in September or October, take time to check out the festival that honors true American craftsmanship!