It’s always a good time to start thinking about a Branson MO vacation. The Midwestern destination offers everything from first-class entertainment to beautiful outdoor pursuits, and everything in between. When should you visit? What are some of the must-see’s and must do’s? Follow my guide on how to plan the best Branson MO vacation ever to get a head start on your getaway.

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Timing is Everything

A trip to Branson is ideal any time of year, but certain events and seasonal shows might appeal to you more than others. For instance, Spring Break and summertime are opportune times for families to visit. The weather is wonderful, special family events like Spring Ride Days and Great American Summer Festival are held at Silver Dollar City. Plus, family-centric shows like Buckets ‘n Boards, Prince Ivan and the all-new Moses are in full swing. Retirees, however, love visiting during the fall and winter months. Legendary entertainers like Bill Engvall, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap and more stack the show schedules in the fall, while come November Christmas season officially begins ushering in festive favorites like Dixie Stampede Christmas.

Must-See Shows

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede

The Branson show scene mixes new favorites with popular classics, creating a bevy of entertainment choices. Which Branson shows receive rave reviews again and again?

Dixie Stampede: Experience with your family equestrian feats, friendly competitions, singing, dancing, racing pigs, stampeding buffalo, and a delicious four-course feast.

Six: SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Haygoods: This high-energy show highlights the talents of the Haygoods family—five brothers and one sister—combined with elaborate visual effects, more than 20 different instruments, energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, and more.

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Presleys Country Jubilee: Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, the talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass

Legends in Concert: One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert offers exciting entertainment by uncanny impersonators of world-renowned performers from many eras. Hear classics from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and more.

Baldknobbers: This family-operated revue has been popular since its opening in 1959. Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts all performed by the Mabe family.

Appealing Attractions

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Silver Dollar City

Branson is an ever-changing landscape of things to do, but there are still some unequivocal visitor favorites. A Branson vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City, the Midwest’s premier theme park. A rotating festival schedule, on-site shows, demonstrating craftsmen, and, of course, some of the best thrills rides anywhere make a visit to Silver Dollar City appealing to those of all ages.

Families also love to challenge each other at The Track. Here, they can race to the finish aboard go-karts, play a friendly round of mini-golf, and even have old-fashioned fun on bumper boats and cars.

New attractions like Fritz’s Adventure, opening Fall 2016, is a dynamic indoor family attraction that brings the excitement and challenge of an outdoor adventure into a multi-dimensional indoor environment. The three-story, 80,000-square-foot building will include suspended bridges, a rock wall and utility poles for climbing, a full-size water tower, an “air-worthy” airplane for exploring, slides, tunnels, a parkour area, urban brick buildings to scale and a massive ropes course.

Reserve the Right Hotel

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Still Waters Resort

There are thousands of rooms in Branson, all located at resorts with amenities and comforts designed with you in mind. That said, which Branson hotel is right for you? For families, you can’t go wrong with a booking at a Branson Waterpark hotel. They keep the kids busy for hours with their splashtastic fun! For couples looking for a romantic retreat, the Chateau on the Lake and Hilton Branson are obvious choices. Retirees who like to be catered to will enjoy a stay at Brookwood Inn and Savannah House. These hotels offer a secluded location, free hot breakfast and a complimentary cobbler and cookie bar in the evening. Lake enthusiasts will love Still Waters Resort and Indian Point Resort. Both offer easy access to the jewel of the Ozarks—Table Rock Lake.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Since the early 1990s, Branson has been known for its vibrant entertainment scene. From variety shows to tributes, big-name stars to traditions, Branson shows offer a variety of performances. Which shows are for you? Discover the top 10 must-see shows in Branson MO with my list.

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The Dixie Stampede has become one of Branson’s most popular dinner shows thanks to its interactive fun, talented performers and delicious food. Experience with your family our 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast. Owner Dolly Parton guarantees it’s “Branson’s Most Fun Place to Eat!”

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Witness the parting of the Red Sea, the Burning Bush, the Plagues, the Ten Commandments—all at Sight & Sound Theater in Branson. The all-new production of Moses journeys back in time to the golden splendor of Egypt, immersing audiences in an adventure of epic proportions. This story highlights the humanity of Moses and the children of Israel, all while revealing the mercy of God and his healing.

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Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, this upbeat live show is widely praised for its hilarious comedy acts and incredible music. The talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass. The attraction also features an entertaining pre-show routine and a memorabilia store for souvenirs.

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Attracting thousands each year to the Mickey Gilley Theatre, SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers. Guests can enjoy slick dances moves, funny stories, slapstick humor and superb songs from Elvis, Frankie Valli, Coldplay, MC Hammer, and more for a complete range of entertainment for the whole family.

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One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater offers exciting entertainment by uncanny impersonators of world-renowned performers from many eras. Hear classics from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and more. Guests can also find priceless memorabilia in the lobby before or after the show.

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Since 1959, this incredible outdoor live-action show at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre has been a family favorite to millions of visitors. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is an extraordinary tale by Harold Bell Wright that offers themes of love, power, hardship and life’s true meaning, featuring more than 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more.

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A family-operated revue, popular since its opening in 1959, Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts. The revue is hosted and performed six nights a week by the second and third generations of the Mabe family, as well as other talented musicians, singers and actors. It’s a show fit for the whole family!

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Featured exclusively at the Clay Cooper Theatre, this high-energy show highlights the talents of the Haygoods family—five brothers and one sister—combined with elaborate visual effects, more than 20 different instruments, energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, and more. The Haygoods show is one of Branson’s best in family entertainment, featuring country, rock and pop hits of today.

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Featuring Grammy Award-winning Billy Dean and his drummer/comedian sidekick, Jarrett Dougherty, the one-of-a-kind Billy Dean LIVE show at the Starlite Theatre is ideal for visitors of all ages. With 11 top 10 singles and five #1 songs, and multiple Grammy Awards, Billy Dean puts on a quality show, with hits like “Only Here for a Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” and more.

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This unforgettable two-hour performance, a popular Branson show since 1990, is a high-energy experience featuring the many talents of the Tabuchi family. Guests of the Shoji Tabuchi Show can enjoy incredible violin numbers, beautiful vocal harmonies, world-class choreography, elaborate costumes and more. Guests get a true variety of musical genres as country, polka, gospel, Cajun, Hawaiian, rap, patriotic, and rock are all included.

Add these must-see shows in Branson MO to your vacation for an entertainment-filled getaway. For the best prices on tickets, be sure to browse the deals available through Reserve Branson.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

There’s a lot of things to do in Branson MO. So many, in fact, it can be hard deciding which activities should be on your schedule. If you want to make the most of your Branson vacation, follow my itinerary. Whether you’ve got one day to explore or a leisurely week to play, this go-to guide will take the stress out of your travel plans.

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Day 1

Hopefully you’ve got more than one day to spend in Branson. However, even if you don’t, you can make the most of your day by hitting up the absolute best Branson attractions.

Spend the Day at Silver Dollar City: Sure, you’ve probably been to a theme park before. But, I guarantee you haven’t been to a theme park like this one. Silver Dollar City combines the history and allure of the Ozarks with world-class rides and shows. Set in an 1880’s atmosphere, it’s a total throwback park emphasizing crafts, home cooking and tradition.

Dine at Branson Landing: I recommend eating dinner at the Branson Landing complex. There are a variety of restaurants to pick from, with White River Fish House and Texas Land and Cattle being two personal favorites. Sit outside on the patio (weather permitting) and take in the scenery, compliments of Lake Taneycomo. After dinner, be sure to watch the fire and water fountain show.

Get Tickets to the Haygoods: The Baldknobbers and Presleys may have started the music scene in Branson, but The Haygoods are continuing it. This talented family is the new wave of Branson entertainment, focusing on modern music that appeals to the new generation of visitors on a Branson vacation.

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Day 2

The second day or your Branson vacation should be spent outside, exploring the natural side of the Ozarks. It amazes me when people visit and miss the many gems that make Branson so unique.

Visit Table Rock Lake: During the summer season, you’ll find me at the lake every single weekend. Table Rock is the crown jewel of the Tri-Lakes area—and for good reason. Framed by rising hills and green valleys, it’s picturesque and the waters are pristine. Rent a boat to explore the coves and crannies of the lake, or simply go to Moonshine beach for a day of swimming. Luckily, the weather in Branson is fairly temperate in the spring and fall, too, so the lake is fair game many months out of the year.

If you happen to visit during a time too chilly for lake activity, Table Rock is still worth a visit. Sites like the Dewey Short Visitor Center provide an excellent way to learn about the area, while the Table Rock Lake Shore Trail is a natural escape. Sunsets here are seriously amazing, too, so be sure to see one during your Branson vacation.

Go Underground: Missouri is known as the cave state, and it’s easy to see why as there are almost 6,400 caves here. In the Branson area there are nearly 200 caves alone! One of the absolute best is Talking Rocks Cavern. See it for yourself with an hour-long guided tour. At 62-deggrees year-round, this cool adventure is edutainment at its finest. During the tour, you’ll learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information.

Get Adventurous: One of the best ways to experience the natural side of Branson is with a zipline tour. Branson Zipline features the most immersive course, with a total of seven ziplines and 10 skybridges set in the canopy of the Ozarks. In addition, they have the only freefall experience in Branson. The freefall dismount from their Everest Tower is the stuff thrills are made of—you’ve gotta do it!

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Day 3

On day three of your Branson vacation, enjoy some local-approved attractions.

Eat Like the Locals: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The people at Billy Gail’s Café certainly think so. Hearty portions and made-from-scratch flavors attract a crowd created by both locals who love it and visitors eager to try it. This Branson breakfast café, with a location in a remodeled gas station, is unlike any other place you’ve ever ate. Try the Sloppy Biscuit or if you’re starving, the Hungry Man Platter is a guaranteed cure.

Go Shopping: Walk off some of those calories you’ve just ingested by shopping in Branson. The Tanger Outlet Mall is the place to go shop for discounts and deals. On the other hand, the Branson Landing is home to name brands and boutiques. On top of that, Branson craft malls and antique stores offer the kitschy, the cute and the unbelievable. Two favorites are Branson Craft Mall, Branson Mill Craft Village and Caldwell’s Antiques.

See a Matinee Show: Squeeze in a matinee for a fun afternoon. With so many shows to see in Branson, scheduling a matinee is the best way to see as many of the top shows as possible. I recommend watching SIX. It features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Visit Top of the Rock: Top of the Rock might be the most beautiful place in Branson. Perched above Table Rock Lake, the captivating setting is a slice of true Ozarks. Johnny Morris, owner of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge, went above and beyond the bounds of ordinary when designing this attraction. Arrive early so you can visit the Ozark Heritage Museum and tour the cave (which has a bar!). Then, eat at the Osage Restaurant before having after-dinner drinks on the patio surrounded by the flames of a fire-pit. It’ll be the perfect end to a day in Branson—I promise!

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Day 4

Day four of your Branson vacation is a mix of activities that are signatures of the Branson scene.

Get Quacky: Ride the Ducks are an excellent way to see the sights of Branson. The amphibious vehicles venture on both land and water for a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Kids really love this attraction as they can drive the boat with aide of Captain.

Take in the Titanic: The Titanic Museum in Branson is a world-class attraction dedicated to the RMS Titanic and its passengers. Take a self-guided tour to view fully recreated cabins, parlors and the infamous $1-million grand staircase, as well as interactive displays and children’s exhibits.

Be a Star: At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’re the star of the show. See startling real wax figures of your favorite celebrities, in iconic settings from movies and TV shows. This place is made for share-worthy photos, so get ready to be a ham! It makes the attraction all the more fun.

Have Fun While You Eat: Dixie Stampede is Branson’s most fun place to eat—Dolly Parton guarantees it! Experience 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast.

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Day 5

If you’re lucky enough to have a fifth day in Branson use these ideas to make the most of your day.

Tee Off: Branson has a thriving golf scene, with several top-rated courses in the area. Courses like Buffalo Ridge, Ledgestone and Top of the Rock Golf Course are fun for all golfers, whether you’re a pro or a novice.

See the Show that Started it All: Baldknobbers claims to be the show that started it all in Branson, but really the right to that title goes to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. The show is based on the bestselling Harold Bell Wright novel of the same name. It’s a declaration of love to the hills and hollers of the Ozarks. Performances of the show take place on the original homestead that inspired the book. Overall, it’s a classic piece of Branson history worth experiencing.

Classic Family Fun: At Track Family Fun Parks, classic family fun is found. Whether you want to race go-karts, make a splash on bumper boats or play a round of mini-golf, there’s plenty of things to keep you and the kids entertained. Plus, The Track recently added the Ferris wheel from Chicago’s Navy Pier to its attraction line-up. Take a high-rising ride to get a bird-eye-view of Branson.

It’s easy to plan a Branson vacation when you have a little guidance. Follow this itinerary to the tee, or mix it up so it fits your travel needs. Either way, you’re sure to have a fun-filled time in the Ozarks.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The Baldknobbers in Branson, Missouri are known as the show that started it all.  The Mabe Brothers started performing in Branson in 1959.  A combination of country and gospel music, along with comedy and patriotism garnered the show a following.  Now, the tradition continues with members of the Mabe family still performing on the Branson stage and bringing the classic Baldknobbers show to new Branson audiences.

Everything from traditional country to today’s number one hits is performed the Baldknobbers show.   The 2nd & 3rd generations of the Mabe family carry on the family tradition of performing an all new show each year. Both longtime Baldknobbers’ fans and new fans alike appreciate the Baldknobbers’ family traditions that have made this show popular from generation to generation.  With some of the younger generation giving their input, song selections from the 90s and early 2000s have been added to performances.  Current country and classic country are given their due time as well, which appeals to a wide range of audience members.  Family fun is still number one at the Branson show, too.  Comedians Hargus Marcel and Droopy Drawers, Jr. create numerous laughs throughout the show. 
Come see why this show has been a Branson favorite for over 50 years!  Baldknobbers tickets are on sale now.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Branson vacations from Ashley.

There are plenty of things to do in Branson. With a wide range of outdoor activities, as well as indoor fun available, Branson offers a little something for everyone when they visit. Whether you are a new Branson visitor or a repeat traveler, there’s always something new to do in Branson.

Silver_Dollar_City_-2528001-25291) Silver Dollar City: Branson’s #1 attraction is home to old-fashioned fun as it is themed as a 1880s style theme park. There are demonstrating craftsmen at the park, delicious food, 40 live shows daily and thrilling rides like WildFire and Outlaw Run to keep your day in Branson filled with fun. Silver Dollar City also features six world-class festivals, so anytime you come there is something different to see and do.

2) Branson Shows: Branson is home to a variety of shows. With more theater seats than Broadway, this town knows how to put on a show. Branson is known for its country music, and at shows like Pierce Arrow, The Duttons, The Presleys, and The Baldknobbers, there are plenty of country tunes to keep audiences entertained. There are a variety of other shows in Branson that don’t feature country music, including The Haygoods, Rankin Brothers, Jonah, Six, and the Acrobats of China. Of course, perennial favorites Yakov Smirnoff, Shoji Tabuchi, Dixie Stampede and Showboat Branson Belle perform throughout the year, offering first class shows right in the heart of Branson.

White_Water_-016-3) White Water: Branson’s beach within reach is a great place to spend a day while you’re in town. Dive into summer fun on their over 12 acre park which pumps over two million gallons water daily. At White Water there are thrilling water rides like KaPau Plummet, Kalani Towers, Ohana Falls, and Raging River Rapids for the older kids, and a lazy river, splash island, and wave pool for guests wanting to lounge and soak up some sun.

4) Branson Shopping: Branson is a fantastic place to shop because it is home to three outlet malls, the waterfront Branson Landing, and plenty of craft malls to find that unique treasure to call your own. When you visit, make time to go to the various shops at Branson because there is always a deal to be found!

rsz_lake_1744230805) Table Rock Lake: Table Rock Lake is a beautiful Branson treasure offering swimming, boating, fishing and amazing scenery. People flock to this lake to enjoy the sights and activities found here. Located just minutes from the heart of Branson, a day at Table Rock Lake provides families with some time to enjoy the great outdoors while also enjoying the amenities of an entertainment town such as Branson.

6) Ride the Ducks: These unique amphibious vehicles provide an entirely different way to see Branson. When you ride on duck, you are treated to a 70 minute tour given by a guide who has some interesting insight into Branson. A total of 30 minutes of your 70 minute tour is spent on Table Rock Lake, cruising and enjoying the splendor of the area. One thing is for sure, when you go to Ride the Ducks you’re in for a quack-tastic sightseeing adventure.

Titanic-Exterior-Branson7) Titanic Museum: Spend some time at the Branson Titanic Museum while you visit and you’ll learn all there is to know about this fateful ship. Housed in a massive half-size replica of the original ship, the museum itself is a sight to behold but once you’re inside there is even more to explore. With over 400 artifacts to discover and interactive displays, like touching an iceberg, make the Titanic Museum a must-see attraction in Branson.

8) Shepherd of the Hills: The Shepherd of the Hills complex offers a lot for visitors to see and do. They are home to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, the longest running outdoor drama in America. Based on the story written by Harold Bell Wright, Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama features life in the Ozark Mountains in the late 1800’s. This story was one of the first things to make Branson’s Ozark Mountains famous and is still one of the more popular shows in town. The complex is also home to Inspiration Tower and they offer a Homestead Tour.

Branson_iStock_000022255269XSmall9) Sightseeing: There is a lot to see in Branson. Between the lights of the famous country music boulevard that is Hwy. 76 and the gorgeous Ozark Mountain scenery, you can spend a lot of your time just checking out the sights and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Be sure to make time to soak it all in and enjoy the beauty that is Branson.

10) Golf in Branson: Branson is home to outstanding golf courses that offer some of the finest courses in the Midwest, if not the country. Whether you’re a novice or a pro player, there’s a course that’ll fit your needs. A few of the courses to choose from include Pointe Royale, Payne Stewart Golf Course, Buffalo Ridge, Top of the Rock Golf Course and LedgeStone Golf Course.

The Baldknobbers Jamboree is a Branson tradition.  They got their start on the Branson lakefront, when four Mabe brothers began entertaining visitors to the area.  Now, fifty years later, they are still entertaining audiences in the Ozarks at their theater on the famous Hwy. 76 Strip.

Their show is one visitors flock to again and again.  The show has always been an evening show, with performances held Monday-Saturday at 8pm.  In 2012, however, they will start a new tradition and begin presenting matinee performances at 2pm.

The new Branson Baldknobbers show schedule will make it easier for Branson MO visitors to see the show while enjoying all of Branson’s attractions and entertainment.  The price for the matinee is affordable as well, with Baldknobbers tickets starting at under $30.

The Baldknobbers Show features popular country classics, hot-new country hits and hilarious comedy.  The show is a family affair too, as the 2nd & 3rd generations of the Mabe family carry on the family tradition of performing an all new show each year.
The Baldknobbers are a Branson tradition.  In fact, they’re the show that started it all in Branson, as they’ve been performing in the area since 1959.  The phenomenon began when four Mabe brothers, known as the Baldknobbers, began entertaining visitors on the Branson lakefront.  Now, 50 years later, the Branson show is still one of the most popular in town.
During the holiday season, the Branson Baldknobbers perform a special Christmas show.  The first half of the Baldknobbers Christmas Jamboree showcases the best of this year’s country show, then after intermission the curtain goes up on Baldknobbers’ Family Christmas Show.  Both shows are entirely new every year, so there is always something for Branson vacationers to enjoy.

The Baldknobbers Christmas Show includes a medley of western music, comedians, a fantastic opening Christmas segment, the Baldknobbers Band and holiday classics such as “Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” as well as the Baldknobbers original “Oh, How Bright.”

Purchase Baldknobbers tickets today to see the show that started it all!

Official Press Release form Baldknobbers Theater:

Tonight, March 5, 2010, the curtain goes up on the 51st year of the show that started it all in Branson, The Baldknobbers.

Tim Mabe, the show’s producer and comedian “Droopy Drawers, Jr.” anchors the funniest comedy team in Branson of Stub Meadows and Hargus Marcel.

“We have added three new faces to the Baldknobbers stage. With the addition of Megan, Dean and Robbie to our already talented cast, this year’s show will be lots of fun!”

New to the Baldknobbers stage is female vocalist, Megan McCombs, originally from Pella, Iowa, on steel guitar and dobro is Dean Holman and on drums is Robbie Blackwood. Go to The Cast page at Baldknobbers.com and find out more.

Tim goes on to say, “We are one of the few shows that do an all new show each year. That means all new comedy, new music and even new costumes. And our show is completely live with some of the best singers and musicians in the country.”

Brothers Bill, Jim, Lyle and Bob Mabe began Branson’s first live entertainment show in 1959 by mixing gospel, country, and blue-grass music with zany comedy. The original Baldknobbers Jamboree created the prototype for shows in what has become the live entertainment capital of the world.

Now over fifty years later, the Mabe Family continues their family legacy of great country music and hilarious comedy as the 2nd & 3rd generations carry on the family tradition of great country music and hilarious comedy. Six members of the Mabe family are joined by eleven other dynamic singers, musicians, comedians, and entertainers who perform your favorite Country Classics, Hot-New Country Hits, and Lots Side-Splitting Comedy. Life Magazine said, “Branson is the Baldknobbers!”

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM.
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From March through May, Ozark Mountain Spring’s full calendar will feature the thrill of NAIA college basketball and one of the nation’s largest air shows; collector car auctions and culinary demonstrations; FLW bass tournaments, as well as the international folk music and cuisines of World-Fest at Silver Dollar City and historic downtown’s Plumb Nellie Days, to name just a few.

New in 2009, The Great American Pie Show, featuring NBC’s Al Roker from the “TODAY” show as a celebrity judge, will be held April 24-25 at the Branson Convention Center. Culinary events are popular nationwide and Taste of Home magazine’s cooking demonstrations will be a part of the festivities that weekend. For more information, visit tasteofhome.com/cooking-schools.

Special events are planned each week during Ozark Mountain Spring, including Legends in Concert and Elvis Presley Enterprises 3rd annual “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest,” the Branson Tri-Lakes Building and Home Show, Kewpiesta at Rose O’Neill’s beloved Bonniebrook and Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival.

Branson Airport, the first privately operated commercial service airport in the United States, will host one of the nation’s largest air shows during its grand opening celebration May 8-10.

• The Baldknobbers Jamboree will celebrate its 50-year anniversary of music and comedy in 2009.

• The Welk Resort Theatre has added Lee Greenwood and the Bellamy Brothers to its fall line-up.

Andy Williams Moon River Theatre will welcome Righteous Brother Bill Medley, Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Original Comets.

The Haygoods, Tony Roi, plus Red, Hot & Blue, have moved to the New Americana Theatre. The Haygoods have added a fourth show in 2009 — “Cassandré, The Voice of An Angel,” with a full production show of pop, Broadway and classical songs backed by a 10-piece orchestra.

• RedHead Express has a new show at the Circle B Chuckwagon. The band has just come off a winter tour of the South and the Appalachian Mountains, bringing with them a new producer, new CD and sound.

#1 Hits of the 60’s Show has moved to the Caravelle Theatre.

Mary Duff will co-star with Daniel O’Donnell and then perform in her own show for limited dates in May.

Information courtesy of Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Family entertainment and fun are an important part of the Branson tradition. The Baldknobbers Jamboree, now celebrating their golden anniversary, started that tradition, in 1959 when the four Mabe brothers began entertaining visitors coming to Branson. The tri-lakes area has been a popular tourist destination since the publishing of the Shepherd of the Hills in 1907. The family legacy continues to wow audiences with a variety of country music and hilarious comedy. The highly successful Baldknobbers Jamboree, owned by The Mabe Family, is the longest continuously running show in Branson, Missouri.

Today’s Baldknobbers Show is a musical powerhouse featuring a talented cast of dynamic singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers as they perform your favorite country classics, hot new country hits, toe tappin’ gospel and lots side-splitting comedy.

The Mabe brothers adopted the name of an Old Ozarks vigilante group that held their meetings on a treeless hilltop or “bald knob.” So when they started Branson’s first show, it was just natural to take a regional name.

With 50 years of experience in the Branson tourism industry, the Baldknobbers is the ticket for your next trip to Branson. Guests are entertained from the moment they step foot in to the theater. The Baldknobbers Jamboree is two hours of power packed music and comedy guaranteed to entertain all ages that established the benchmark for what Branson is today, the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World!”

Tim Mabe, comedian and Baldknobbers producer says, “Family comedy has been a central part of the show. My dad and uncles framed good clean comedy around great country music and the formula they started still exists today, not only in our show, but many of the Branson shows. Granted, the costumes are brighter, our cast is bigger and our song selections is more varied, but we still give people coming to Branson what they want to see, hilarious comedy and wonderful music! “

Brent Mabe, second generation Baldknobber and Band Leader says, “My earliest memories go way back. I grew up around the show and that was all I knew. When I was a baby my mom and dad would put me in a guitar case to sleep during the show. There is nothing better than playing great music with my family and friends. We have the best job in the entire world,” said Brent, who started playing the guitar at the young age of 10 and joined the show in 1985.

“Almost every night someone comes through the autograph line at intermission and tells me, that they came with their parents as a kid and now they’re back with their children, I am very proud to be a part of my family’s tradition of great country music and comedy that has lasted for generations!” says, Brandon Mabe.

Known as the “Show That started It All” in Branson, Missouri where celebrating American entertainment is a family tradition. Show times are 8:00 P.M. Monday ~ Saturday. The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard. Join the Baldknobbers in 2009 as they celebrate their golden anniversary and be part of the legend!

Information courtesy of The Baldknobbers