The Branson Variety Theater has announced an all-new show for the 2011 Branson show season.

Hooray for Hollywood! is a show dedicated to the most famous song and dance moments of the last 50 years of movie history, recreated live on stage. Show goers will be treated to a nostalgic journey through the most popular movie musicals of the last 50 years. Film clips will be shown and then the live action will unfold, featuring Branson Variety’s talents singers and dancers. Everything from “Singin’ in the Rain” to “The Lion king” will be performed.
This show is being produced by the award winning production team that brought Spirit of the Dance to Branson.
Other shows at the Branson Variety Theater include Broadway!, The Twelve Irish Tenors, Shake Rattle & Roll, Spirit of the Dance and Spirit of Christmas.

Silver Dollar City, located in beautiful Branson Missouri, is celebrating American Craftsmanship during their National Harvest Festival this fall. Scheduled for September 11 – October 30, 2010, the event showcases the talent and creativity of America’s greatest craftsmen.

New for this year’s event is the PBS Craft In America exhibit, which was developed exclusively for the park, from the creators of the award-winning PBS documentary series featuring unique American artists. Another new exhibit is the Caricature Carvers of America Showcase.
There will also be a Craftsmen Reunion featuring veteran Silver Dollar City artisans including Peter Engler, Ted Blaylock, Peter Kramer, Lee Robertson, Tom Crain and Jesse Barnes. Hundreds of visiting craftsmen will also be on-hand demonstrating their talents throughout the park, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists. Do-It-Yourself Workshops are also planned. Attendees will be able to learn how to make beautiful wreaths, centerpieces and more.
Headin’ West, a 2009 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Best Overall Production winner, returns to the Opera House stage for another great season. The 45-minute live show tells the timeless tale of American westward expansion during the 1860s. The show is included with Silver Dollar City tickets and runs September 11 – October 24.
Missouri’s Largest Barn Dance will take place during the festival at the Red Golf Heritage Hall. So, be sure to bring your dancing shoes as some of the best western swing bands will take the stage, including the Horsecreek Band, Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys, Texas In The Swing, Missouri Travelers, and Les Gilliam & His Silver Lake Band. Plus, seasoned dancers will be available to give tips and instructions to beginners.

The Titanic Museum in Branson Missouri is hosting its 1st Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 2 from 10am-4pm.

Firemen chefs will light their fires and serve up some delicious chili during the event, where they will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money and the chance to bring home the Great Firehouse Chili Cook-off Championship title.
First place winner will receive $3,000; Second place will receive $2,000; and Third place will receive $1,000.
The public is invited to attend and sample the many different firehouse chili recipes. A select panel of judges will declare the cook-off winner at 4pm.
The Titanic Museum Attraction is also hosting its 3rd Annual Woodcarving Event on Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 10. Professional Woodcarvers from across the nation will compete in this year’s event. Events will take place in Titanic’s parking area, from 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. A special 75-minute chainsaw speed-carving contest is also scheduled.
This free event seeks to honor the memory of the German passengers and crew who were aboard the Titanic. It is held in association with LogHoggers Chainsaw Sculpting.

Yakov’s Moscow Circus is a show telling the age old story of love – with a circus twist. During the Branson show, a clown meets a pretty ballerina and falls in love, and the audience gets to witness their story as it unfolds.

Andrei is a sad circus clown who falls for the talented ballerina Marina. Olga, Marina’s protective older sister and the circus ringmaster, plays the foe to their aspiring love. The show is centered on their circus romance and includes colorful clowns, aerialists, performing animals and a multi-course meal.
The meal served at Yakov’s Moscow Circus is Russian-inspired. The first course is soup and dinner rolls followed by Russian potatoes and meatballs. Babka is served for dessert, which is similar to peach cobbler. The meal is served during the show and options for kids are available.

Todd Oliver, known for his hilarious performances on the Showboat Branson Belle, will be performing in a new venue in Branson for the 2011 season. Todd Oliver & Friends will appear at the Jim Stafford Theater and the show begins on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 and will run through December 30, 2011.

Todd Oliver is known for his amazing talking dogs and hilarious comedy, so he’ll fit right in with the at the Jim Stafford Theater, featuring the Jim Stafford Show. Shows will be at noon and include a lunch served prior to the show. Lunch includes your choice of sandwich, hotdog or PB& J, and beverage choices, along with seasonal side items like potato salad, chips, baked beans, cookies, cupcakes, strawberry soup and more. Some 6pm shows are scheduled for December 2011.

One of Branson’s most popular attractions, the Showboat Branson Belle, has announced that after a decade of legendary Showstoppers! performances with Todd Oliver and his Amazing Talking Dogs, a new show will debut in 2011.

Throughout the fall and the 2010 Branson Christmas season, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the last performances of Showstoppers! The fast-paced show presents more than 30 musical numbers in a song and dance revue, with live music and a talented quartet of singers and dancers, along with Todd Oliver.

Showboat Branson Belle reservations are encouraged as many of these final performances are expected to be sold-out shows.

Details on the new show are tightly under wraps. Along with the new show, a new menu and a new look for the paddle wheeler are planned. More information regarding the new show will be released in late fall.

Todd Oliver will be performing at the Jim Stafford Theater in 2011.

For the first time ever, the annual Jamboree of the Chuckwagon Association of the West will hit Branson. It will be hosted by the Circle B Supper Show at the Circle B Theater. The Jamboree is scheduled for October 24-27, 2010.

The Chuckwagons of the West began more than 50 years ago at the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The small gathering has now evolved into the largest cowboy event if the year.
Organizers for the event has released an itinerary of talent scheduled to perform in October. Sunday, October 24 will feature the Riders of the Circle B, the Circle B Cowboys from the Black Hills, Dusty Rogers and the Bar D Wranglers. Dinner that evening is baked chicken quarter a la range, with baked rodeo spuds and all the trimmings.
The following day, October 25, the Flying W Wranglers, the Circle B Cowboys, John Wain with his tribute to John Wayne and the Bar D Wranglers are expected to appear. Dinner will include pulled pork barbeque, beans and all of the extras.
On October 26, the Flying J Wranglers, Bar-J Wranglers, “America’s Got Talent” Top 10 finalist Johnny Lonestar and the Flying W Wranglers will be on hand. Circle B will serve its roasted beef with boiled potatoes and other delicious sides.
The last day of the event, Wednesday, October 27, begins with a breakfast show featuring Roy Rogers Jr., and is followed by the Riders of the Circle B, the Flying J Wranglers, Travis Loewen and the Bar0J wranglers. The final dinner will feature trail stew with cornbread muffins.
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“Best of the Midwest” has named Branson as the best small city for a weekend getaway.

“Best of the Midwest” picked Branson for the honor in its July-Augsust 2010 issue. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the magazine posted nominees in an earlier issue and then let readers vote.

Branson was selected by readers because of its variety of attractions.Link