Branson is once again hosting the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest, one of the few select tribute competitions sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

The fifth annual contest will be held at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater April 15-17, 2011. The highlight of the festival – the Elvis Contest – is scheduled for April 16 at 7pm.

The winner of the Branson MO contest will receive $1000 and the opportunity to compete in The 2011 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finals in Memphis, Tennessee, during Elvis Week.

The winner of the Branson Elvis Contest will also be offered the opportunity to perform in the Legends in Concert show at Dick Clarks’ American Bandstand Theater on April 17 at 8pm.

Other highlights of the Branson Elvis Festival include an Elvis vendor village, a free Elvis movie showing, an Elvis meet and greet dinner and Elvis karaoke nights.

Paul Harris will be performing in Branson for the 2011 season, although now he will be performing at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre instead of the Music City Centre. After the Music City Centre was closed for falling behind on its taxes, Harris was invited to make the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre his home in 2011.

The announcement was made Tuesday, March 22.
The Paul Harris show featuring The Cleverlys will begin performances on May 6.
Harris has performed in Branson shows for years, and has also made a name for himself on the mid-south comedy circuit. The family bluegrass band The Cleverlys, who perform with Harris, have a unique sound and perform their version of everything from the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The group is a YouTube sensation that has garnered a lot of interest internationally and regionally.

On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake, triggering an extremely destructive and deadly tsunami. These catastrophic events have caused extensive damage throughout coastal Japan, leaving almost 10,000 people confirmed dead and another 15,000 listed as missing. Millions more are affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation, while the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima has been crippled, making a dangerous situation even worse.

The Japanese people need our help.
Please take a minute to donate to these reputable charities that are providing care to fund their emergency efforts:
And a super-easy way to donate with your mobile phone:
Donate $10 to the Red Cross to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting “REDCROSS” to “90999.” Your $10 gift to the American Red Cross will support their disaster relief efforts to help those in the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Thank you for your time and help.

Silver Dollar City celebrates World Fest April 7-May 8, 2011. This Branson theme park will present a plethora of international entertainment and delicious tastes of the world right here in the Ozarks. Plus, Silver Dollar City tickets give guests access to all of the exciting activities available during World Fest.

This year’s international performers include the Mayorov Russian State Circus, who will present a lively show with acrobatics both astounding and comical, hilarious clowns, colorful costumes and more! Another all new shows for World Fest include Canadian Powerhouse, featuring world-championship fiddlers and step-dancers; Rhythms of Rajasthan, a group from India performing traditional music and dance of two of its most intriguing cultures, the Langas and the Manganiars; and Irish Eyes Are Smiling, starring Dearbhail Finnegan on the Irish Harp and Michael Londra’s sublime tenor voice.
The Russian Academic Band returns to World Fest at Silver Dollar City to delivers their own special brand of traditional Russian and Dixieland music to the City’s square. Trinidad’s Footprints Diego Martin brings tropical rhythms to Branson with a spectacular show featuring stilt dancers and fire limbo, among many other traditional dances of Trinidad, and instruments like the steel pan and skin drums. Ecuador Manta also returns to World Fest this year, as does Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen. Ecuador Manta performs traditional Andean music and instruments, while Kerry Christensen specializes in traditional Alpine yodeling.
Delicious cuisine will be featured at Tastes of the World, giving guests an all access pass to international cuisine. Traditional favorites from Greece, Mexico, Italy, China, Germany, Ireland and many more will be available.
Reserve from our selection of money-saving Silver Dollar City packages today to experience all of the excitement of World Fest!

White Water is getting a $3 million makeover this spring, right in time for their summer opening on May 21st. The makeover includes the creation of the tropical river adventure Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay and an expanded toddler area. This expansion is the biggest change since the water park opened in 1980 in Branson.
Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay replaces the Lazy River. Aloha River is described as an 805-foot winding river as an interactive river ride.
The new area will have a Polynesian theme, reminiscent of South Pacific jungles surrounding a river where tube riders will float calm waters through tropical greenery and then find themselves in the midst of exciting twists and turns, water features, fountains and misters. Along the way, guests will find new seating areas and cabanas for riverside relaxing.
The toddler area has been expanded by about 30%. This expansion was due to customer need and response, as many guests were stating they wanted more for their little ones to do at White Water Branson MO.
The Branson water park is also adding nights to its summer event – White Water’s Night Water. On Friday and Saturday nights, between July 1-August 13, the park will stay open until 10pm.
White Water tickets are on sale now.