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Officials Preparing for 16th Annual BransonFest

BransonFest will make a return to 76 Country Boulevard this year, but that’s not the only thing that will be different. Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Development Krystal Simon said that the move of BransonFest to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater and Area 57 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the additions made to the 16th annual event, which will be held April 8-12.

“I think probably the biggest thing that we are going to be doing different this year is having corporate sponsors,” Simon said. “We’re hoping to get both local and national sponsors.”

She said having those companies on board as partners will give the event an increased budget. “Because of the sponsorships we should be able to try some new things that we haven’t been able to do in the past because we couldn’t afford it,” Simon said. Traditional elements of BransonFest will also still be a part of the festival.

The Hospitality and Business Expo will once again return featuring a variety of booths from area theaters, attractions and businesses.

The Arts, Culture & Heritage Area will again showcase Ozark Mountain art, culture and history presented by nationally recognized local artists displaying the fruits of their craftsmanship.

The Great American Entertainment Tent will have a new distinction this year as each night of the free entertainment played there will have a theme. “We’re doing that this year so people who like gospel or bluegrass or rock n’ roll music will know what night to come on to hear their favorite kind of music,” Simon said.

BransonFest will once again continue showcasing the various musical acts in Branson in a series of concerts.

“One of the big names that will be performing at BransonFest this year is Joe Diffie,” Simon said. “He’s new to Branson and is a big name.”

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

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