Thank you to those of you who have been sticking with me as I recap my trip to Branson, MO this month during my #ExploreBranson press trip. Today, I get to talk about the MAIN reason we were invited down, and that was to highlight Silver Dollar City and their Celebrate America Season. Celebrate America is a season long celebration of all things that we love about America, and it was in the air!
We then continued our day with the World Fest which is described as a global homecoming where the colorful heritages that founded our country are re-discovered and a passion for old-world traditions is explored. We got to experience one of the four presentations of this month-long celebration, and we had a great time! Mr. Houseful and I decided to see the Amamos Argentina show, and were entertained with the drum beats, and footwork of the gauchos and their female counterparts. There was use of bolas, a sizzling tango, and a whip used as parts of the act, and in true form, I volunteered Mr. Houseful and me to be a part of the act. Fun times. The World Fest runs from now until May 4th of this year, so get there while you can!
After enjoying our show, we went off to explore the amusement grounds, and I rode one of the tamer rollercoasters, and then Mr. Houseful and I parted ways so that he could ride the extreme ones. During this time, I got a chance to talk to Frank and Dave from the Pork Skins booth, and I learned so much history about the area, and THEM in general, that it did my heart glad. I found out that Frank has been to every state but 3, and he from what I see has a heart of gold. I enjoyed being able to talk to someone without being rushed away. Frank is my friend with the awesome cowboy hat, and Dave is standing behind us. I ended up purchasing a bag of pork skins to make right here in my kitchen, so stay tuned for that.
Frank is pretty mean with a lasso as well! He likes to take time out from behind the pork skin booth and hang out with the families.
Another thing that Silver Dollar City is known for is the craftsmanship. We passed pottery makers, glass blowers, wood cutters, furniture makers and a plethora of other crafters. Mr. Houseful and I sat and watched a pasta cutter be created from a block of wood. It was magnificent. The precision that is needed to carve into wood as it’s spinning quickly takes nothing but talent.
We also got to see a potter making a bowl for us. Took about 30 minutes, and he skillfully worked a mound of clay into a piece of art.
Silver Dollar City is definitely a place that is age appropriate for everyone. Between shows, a craft fair feel and rides for the adventurous, no one will be disappointed. You can find out more information from their web site, Facebook, and Twitter sites.