This fall Silver Dollar City celebrates outdoor adventures with one of its greatest traditions, the National Harvest Festival. As one of the country’s most recognized craft festivals, the two-month event is a bounty of American crafts with over 125 demonstrating artisans, all-new shows, and fall specialty foods at the Branson, Missouri theme park, September 10 – October 29.
Silver Dollar City kicks off the National Harvest Festival with all-new outdoor adventures including Timberworks Lumberjack Shows featuring performances such as speed racing up 40-foot poles, cross-cut sawing, ax throwing and boom running on Lake Silver; an all-new Birds of Prey show presenting majestic birds in soaring flight; and, back by popular demand, chain saw carving.
Outdoor artistic performances take stage on Silver Dollar City’s Main Street with internationally-recognized craftspeople who create works of art completely out-of-the-ordinary – chalk street artists drawing in 3D and full color, plus a sand sculptor who will take 50-tons of sand to create a massive display, recognizing the special elements of the Harvest Festival such as lumberjacks and eagles.
Proclaimed by the U.S. Congress as “The Home of American Craftsmanship,” Silver Dollar City spotlights 125 of the country’s best craftsmen from jewelry to paper making – and hosts Best of Missouri Hands – Made in Missouri Juried Art Faire and Competition with over 50 works of art in a variety of categories from pottery to silversmithing. Guests can vote on their favorite pieces throughout the competition. Plus, new this year, Turning Wood into Art Showcase featuring demonstrating craftsmen with specialties such as life-sized hedge wood horses, instruments and hand-carved furniture.
The Harvest Festival entertainment offering includes an invitation to bring dancing shoes to join in Missouri’s Biggest Barn Dance with live music by much-loved bands like Texas in the Swing, Missouri Travelers, Les Gilliam & His Silverlake Band, and Silver Dollar City’s own legendary Horsecreek. The Opera House production show Headin’ West, winner of the theme park industry’s World’s Best Overall Production (“Big E” Awards), returns to tell the story of the American pioneer spirit in the 1870s west.
Fall harvest foods are served up throughout the park, with favorites such as smoked turkey legs and hearty skillet meals cooked on open grills. Tastes of America features festival dishes throughout the park, such as Indian Tacos and Wrangler’s Buffalo Chili. Fall specialty desserts include an array of pies: Pumpkin, Peach, Pecan, Peanut Butter, Strawberry, Blackberry Cobbler and more.
The festival at the theme park near Branson, Missouri, runs September 10 – October 29, open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Information: 800-831-4FUN(386) or www.silverdollarcity.com.