Flying to Branson, Missouri will continue to be a convenient, money-saving value as Southwest Airlines has announced it will serve the Branson Airport and convert AirTran Airways at Branson to Southwest Airlines operations over time.

Via a Southwest Airlines press release, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President Bob Jordan stated, “We are committed to continuing to serve these communities—at first via AirTran, and eventually as Southwest. We know there are Southwest Customers who want access to these cities, but have never before had the opportunity, and the markets have long desired Southwest service.  We are excited about the cities we have chosen to keep in our combined network.”

Opening its doors May of 2009, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. Currently serviced by Southwest Airlines/AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. Located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest, the airport also boasts a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter and a full service travel agency, FlyBranson Travel. The Airport offers low cost service to over 100 destinations.

Branson, Missouri is known for its annual Veterans Week Celebration, during which they honor the sacrifices and courage of those who have served for their country. 

In years past, the Factory Merchants Mall has been used as a headquarters for Veterans Week activities.  Last year, this was not the case, but for the 2012 Branson Veterans Week the facility will once again be used by the Branson Veterans Task Force as a launching point for many activities and create an area for veterans to gather and reminisce. 

The Factory Merchants Mall, known as the Red Rood Mall to locals, provides a free space for the task force to set up a registry, offer free meals to veterans, entertainment and a day room for veterans to relax and catch up with fellow veterans. 

The Branson Veterans Task Force is already making preparations for the 2012 Veterans Homecoming Week.  The kick-off show is scheduled for November 5 at 5pm and will be held at the Starlite Theatre

Branson’s most fun place to eat is rolling in some new fun for the 2012 season. The Dixie Stampede Branson will feature teams of lumberjacks performing various feats during their shows this year.

The addition to the Branson show will involve six lumberjacks and four events set up as a relay. The events featured are a race up a 60 foot log, two man cross-cut sawing, log splitting and a log roll. All of the dinner attractions best known acts are also returning this year, including tricks rides and the buffalo stampede.

The new segment, dubbed “Rumble in the Treetops,” debuted at the Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge in 2010.

According to a press release, the crosscut event involves teams racing to saw through a giant log. In the third leg of the relay, the lumberjacks will again sever a log, this time with underhand chopping. The log roll will involve the lumberjacks squaring off to see who can keep their balance the longest before falling into a shallow pool of water.

The segment will be part of the friendly rivalry between the North and South teams.

The only way to see the “Rumble in the Treetops” is to purchase Dixie Stampede tickets.  Get yours today to see what the competition is all about!

Escape the winter blues with Hot Winter Fun in Branson, Missouri!  The 18th Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show is scheduled for February 6, 2012, at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater. 

Attendees of the show, which starts at 7pm, will be able to sample a wide variety of shows and see the many different Branson shows available for the 2012 season.  The Big Show is to be emceed by Bob Leftridge of the Baldknobbers Jamboree. 
Shows that will take the stage include:
Many other shows will also perform during the Hot Winter Fun Show.
The Branson Show League sponsors the event.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 4-12.  Please contact the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater directly for tickets.

Branson has some sweet things to do on Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day WeekendBranson shows and attractions create a great way to celebrate the love in your life.

These shows in Branson are open on Valentine’s Day, February 14

If you’re looking for things to do on Valentine’s Day Weekend, these shows are open:

  • Branson Country USA – February 11 at 10:30pm
  • Hamner Barber – February 10 and 11: 8:00pm
  • Haygoods – February 11 at 7:30pm
  • Legends in Concert – February 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 8pm
  • Pierce Arrow – February 10 and 11 at 7:30pm
Romantic places to stay in Branson feature Jacuzzi tubs, upscale amenities and superior service.  These Branson hotels are highly recommended for a romantic getaway:

Make plans for your Valentine’s Day Vacation in beautiful Branson, Missouri.  There are great restaurants to dine at while you’re here.  Places like Level 2 Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Cantina Laredo and Texas Land and Cattle are delicious places to enjoy a meal with your loved one.

 

Branson has been recognized as a “Destination on the Rise”for 2012 by TripAdvisor. Branson is listed No. 7 on the list out of the 15 destinations chosen, due in large part to the natural beauty, family-friendly attractions, live entertainment available in the Ozark Mountain hamlet.
TripAdvisor highlighted the plethora of entertainment options available to visitors on “The Strip,” a seven-mile stretch of live music and comedy shows, restaurants, shopping, Branson attractions and hotels. The article compares Branson, Missouri to Las Vegas due to its non-stop entertainment but with a Midwestern vibe that adds a warm, hospitable charm. Of course, there aren’t any casinos in Branson but you can always place a bet on who can see the most Branson shows, race the fastest at The Track or who can shop ‘til they drop at the Branson Landing.
The outdoor allure of the Ozarks is a top reason to travel to Branson as well. With the rolling hills of the area offering over 200 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and biking, plus three scenic lakes perfect for fishing and water sports, the southwest Missouri town provides the perfect mix of outdoor appeal and fun things to do.
After visitors discover the beauty of the Branson, Silver Dollar City, Dixie Stampede and fun activities like Ride the Ducks and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum are a highlight of Branson vacations. There’s always something new in Branson, too, and 2012 is no different. The all-new Joseph show at Sight & Sound Theatre debuts this spring and during 2012 Branson is celebrating their Centennial, featuring 100 ways to celebrate.
The Music City Centre in Branson MO is welcoming an three returning shows and one all-new performer for the 2012 season. 
Doug Gabriel, Bill Haley’s Original Comets and illusionist Taylor Reed are returning to the Music City Centre Stage.  New to the line-up is comedian and musician Joey Riley, who is a longtime performer at the Mickey Gilley Show.
On Sundays at the theater Branson visitors can enjoy a free Sunday morning worship featuring country music singer Barbara Fairchild.  The Sunday morning worship series begins in April.
The Doug Gabriel Show will continue its theme from last year, showcasing #1 hits chosen throughout the last several decades.  The tribute show will remain new, though, with different songs showcased for the 2012 season. 
Gabriel begins his shows in March, while the Taylor Reed Show starts in March, and Joey Riley and Bill Haley’s Original Comets premiere in April.

Branson continues to be a popular vacation destination due to the variety of new things to do each year. 

Here’s what’s new in Branson for 2012:
    • Titanic Museum Branson: Throughout the year, the Titanic Museum is paying respect to and honoring the 2,209 passengers and crew members aboard the RMS Titanic with an ongoing series of special events, activities and ceremonies.
    • Sight and Sound Theatres: Joseph is an all-new production at the Sight and Sound Theater in Branson MO.  The show features the timeless story of Joseph and the power of forgiveness.  Experience a cast of 45 professional adult and children actors, dozens of live animals gracing the aisles, several amazing dream sequences including Joseph in his colorful coat “flying” over the audience, larger-than-life staging which includes a spectacular Egyptian palace scene spanning 300 feet and wrapping around three sides of the audience, plus, twenty original songs
    • It” at Hughes Brothers Theatre: Where over 50 singers, dancers and musicians create a new entertainment experience. The award-winning cast features the Hughes Brothers and their families.
    • The Finalists: Featuring five top 10 American Idol finalists on the Moon River stage. You will see and hear your favorite AI singers live and up-close.
    • The Official Tribute: Songs of the Four Seasons and The Beach Boys: Debuting at Branson Variety Theatre in March, go on a musical journey of sun, surf, cars and girls as these incredible singers and dancers pay tribute to the incomparable harmonies of two of the greatest American Rock and Pop Bands of all times – The Four Seasons and The Beach Boys.
    • The Miniature Pet Circus: Singing Ringleaders, Acrobats, Jugglers, Clowns Magic and the adorable Miniature Pet Circus runs May through August at Branson Variety Theatre.
    • Andy Williams 75th Year in Show Business: Come celebrate Andy’s 75 years of entertaining the world in 2012! Guest stars coming in the Fall include Dick Van Dyke, Jack Jones, Pat and Debby Boone and many more.
  • New Dewey Short Visitor’s Center to Open in Spring: On April 2012, a new Dewey Short Visitor Center near Table Rock Dam, off Missouri State Highway 165, will open. A 15,000-square-foot visitor center will feature an auditorium, gift shop and educational area for exhibits and conference rooms. The lake itself will also become part of the new exhibit experience.

 

Branson, Missouri has plenty to celebrate in 2012, the biggest of which is their Centennial Celebration honoring Branson turning 100.  100 Ways to Celebrate will be feature April – July. 

Branson Centennial Events include:
65th Annual Black Tie and Centennial Celebration

Date: February 25
Location: Branson Convention Center
Time: Cocktails begin at 5pm; Dinner 6pm; Program at 7:15pm
The Annual Black Tie Celebration serves as the Branson /Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB annual meeting.  Black Tie has become the area’s premiere social event of the year. The annual community awards are also given out at this event. In 2012, in honor of Branson’s Centennial, the entire community is invited, not just chamber members.  Please note the dress code requires formal attire.  Contact the Branson Chamber of Commerce for reservations.

Centennial History Museum Opening

Date: April 1
Location: Historic Downtown Branson
The grand opening of the centennial museum will officially begin the Branson Centennial Celebration.

A Night to Remember at the Titanic

Date: April 14
Location: Titanic Museum Branson
The centennial anniversary of the night the world lost Titanic, April 14, 2012, is sure to be the Branson Titanic attraction’s most historic night. Re-live Titanic’s maiden voyage via storytelling, re-enactments and interactive ceremonial events.  In memory of the ship’s 2,208 passengers and crew, the museum attraction will host a special commemorative candlelight ceremony featuring choral groups and the lighting of the Titanic Eternal Flame. Distress fire rockets will be launched, bringing a solemn end to a once-in-a-lifetime event, not to return for 100 years.

52nd Annual Plumb Nellie Days
Date: May 17-19
Location: Historic Downtown Branson
The 52nd Plumb Nellie Days Art & Craft Festival, May 17-19, 2012 will celebrate the home-spun and artistic side of Historic Downtown Branson.   As 2012 is Branson’s Centennial, activities that were attractions during the first few years of Plumb Nellie Days will highlight the historical event, such as a Reuben Branson Look-Alike Contest. The city was named after Reuben Branson who was postmaster and store owner here in the 1880s. The DBMA will announce more about the contest in February.  The Plumb Nellie Days stage will host a notable line up of entertainers throughout the event, plus a special booth where performers can meet and greet their fans. A very popular feature of Plumb Nellie Days is its Friday night street dance with a live band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  The three day event is in downtown Branson on Commercial Street at the corners of Commercial and Main streets, an entire city block.

Paul Harris is moving his show to a new theater in Branson, Missouri.  For the 2012 season, Paul Harris and his band The  Cleverlys, will be located at The White House Theatre, which is also home to The Legend of Kung Fu

Paul Harris and The Cleverlys are best-known for their bluegrass-style parodies of popular hip hop songs.  Of course, with their move to the home of The Legend of Kung Fu, they will be adding the disco hit “Kung Fu Fighting” to their song line-up.  Harris and his band will alternate matinee and evening performances with The Legend of Kung Fu.  Both shows will offer a meal option, with the Kung Fu show offering a three course Chinese meal and the Paul Harris Show serving a country-fried steak dinner. 

The White House Theatre is currently undergoing a number of renovations, including audio and visual upgrades and improvements to the lobby, gift shop and on-site West Wing Event Center. 
To get a better idea of the bluegrass spin Paul Harris and The Cleverlys put on pop music, check out the video below: