The Branson Centennial Celebration kicks into high gear starting April 1, as that is when the official “100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate” promotion begins. The Centennial Celebration is paying tribute to the history of Branson as well as the entertainment mecca it has become. Branson shows and Branson attractions are getting in on the celebration, and you should too!
Mark your calendar for these Branson Centennial events:
A special museum will open on April 1 in the same location that housed the town’s first gas station. Actors will dress up as prominent figures in Branson’s history, and give lessons and information on their activities. Current city officials, including the mayor, will also dress in period costumes as they sign a petition to incorporate the city. At present this museum isn’t planned to be permanent, so anyone wishing to take part in this special presentation of Branson’s history should take care to experience it before it’s done.
As the name implies “100 Days” runs from April 1 through July 10, and will showcase local business getting involved in celebrating the Branson Centennial. The ways that they’re going to celebrate are as varied as the businesses themselves, but all of them are encouraged to relate it to the number 100. Perhaps that will be something for the 100th customer, or a nice product offered at a special $100 deal. The only sure way to find out is to visit the Branson area businesses during “100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate”.
Branson is already home to the Titanic Museum, and they’ve got a special attraction planned to honor both the Branson Centennial and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. On Saturday, April 14th, look forward to special events like choirs, a candle light ceremony, and a lighting of the Titanic Eternal Flame.
With a moniker like “The Show of the Century” and an entertainment lineup ranging from Jim Stafford, Yakov Smirnoff, The Presley’s, The Baldknobbers, Foggy River Boys, Shoji Tabuchi, The Lennon Sisters and other top names still being added, it’s a come-one, come-all Birthday Spectacular concert that can’t be missed on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Hosted at the celebrated RFD-TV The Theatre on West Highway 76 in Branson, Missouri and featuring Carrie April Tillis as the mistress of ceremonies, this “once-in-one hundred years” musical extravaganza assures that will not a moment of Branson’s storied entertainment spectrum will be overlooked. A nod to each variety of song, verse and historical memory will be on the stage during this two and one half hour spectacular.
The 52nd Plumb Nellie Days Art & Craft Festival, May 17-19, 2012 will celebrate the home-spun and artistic side of Historic Downtown Branson. Since 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, but now is the time to start growing those beards men! 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.
Scheduled for July 7, this block party is sure to be the event of the summer! Check back soon for more details.