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2012 Balloons Over Branson Creek Hot Air Balloon Festival

Balloons over Branson Festival



2012 Balloons over Branson Creek

If you have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon or you appreciate the beautiful ballons lighting up the skyline, now is your chance to enjoy both. The Balloons over Branson Creek is back for 2012! The party starts on Friday October 19th and runs until Sunday October 21st. This exciting event will include live music, hot air balloon rides, a 5K fun run, food and craft vendors, parachute competition, dog walk, free hay rides, kid’s crafts and inflatable’s, plus much more. Please bring blankets and lawn chairs but no coolers, outside food, or alcohol will be allowed. Balloons over Branson Creek will be held at the Communities at Branson Creek, 4 miles south of Hwy 76 and Hwy 65 intersection at the Branson Airport Exit in Hollister, MO.

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Schedule of Events 2012

Friday 10/19/2012

Kick off Party 6:00 pm
$10.00 Tethered Rides
Meet & Greet
Vendor & Craft Fair
Famous Dave’s provides food and drinks on site.
VIP Party Passes are available for $25.00 through the Ozark Mountain YMCA. The party pass includes dinner from Famous Dave’s, VIP parking, and entry into the VIP Party tent. Limited availability.

Welcome Ceremony 6:30 pm

Live Music 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday 10/20/12 – Free admission

Events open 6:00 am

Hot Air Balloon Launch & Competition 7:00 am

5K Fun Run at the Branson Airport 7:00 am

Food & Craft Vendors Open

Powered Parachute Competition 9:00 am

Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society Dog Walk 10:00 am

Free Hay Rides, every hour on the hour first come first serve 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kids Crafts and Monkey Moe’s Inflatable’s – All Day

Sky Divers 5:00 pm

College of the Ozarks Concert Band 6:30 pm

Hot Air Balloon Glow at Dusk

Sunday 10/21/12 – Free admission

Hot Air Balloon Competition Sunday morning

39th Annual Autumn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

The 39th Annual Autumn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is a three day event that runs September 13-15, 2012 that brings over 100 art and craft vendors, nonstop entertainment, seasonal homemade artwork, and much more. 2012 holds a special meaning for the festival this year for the Branson Centennial Celebration. The festival is held in Historic Downtown Branson which in itself holds many unique shops, a variety of restaurants, and attractions.

Shoppers and browsers will find a wide array of clothing, carvings, garden, fine art, photography, quilting, collectables, and more among the many booths. All of the artists and vendors make all of the items you see by hand. Many of the vendors will also be demonstrating their craft to the public as well.

To keep your toes tapping some of Branson’s best entertainers will be featured on stage each and every day, then top it off with a Rock & Roll street dance on Friday kicking off at 6:30 pm.
Located in Downtown Branson this free festival is sure to keep you busy while you visit vendors from around the country, visit the food court, Downtown Branson sidewalk sale, and even a celebrity autograph booth!

For even more convenience take a ride on the Downtown Branson Trolley. The Downtown Branson Trolley makes a loop around the Downtown area so you can park anywhere and ride the trolley to different shops and the Branson Landing shopping area.

If you need a break from the festival take some time to visit the Branson Centennial Museum also located in Downtown Branson. The Museum houses exhibits sharing the rich heritage, history, and culture of Branson, MO. This is a rotating display that changes every 6-8 weeks. The hours for the Branson Centennial Museum are Monday through Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday 1-4.

39th Annual Autumn Daze Arts & Craft Festival Hours

Thursday 9 a.m. to 6:00 pm

Friday 9 a.m. to 6:00 pm

Friday Night Street Dance 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Branson Area July 4, 2012 Fireworks Celebrations

July 4th is one of our favorite holidays in Branson! 

Start your Independence Day celebrations with fun in the sun on any of our 3 beautiful lakes, Silver Dollar City, or Whitewater! Then you should definitely take in a live show at one of our world-class entertainment venues! Finish off with any of our spectacular fireworks displays!

  •  Saturday, June 30: Honor America Celebration-College of the Ozarks
  • Tuesday, July 3: Branson Landing’s 5th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks-Branson Landing
  • Wednesday, July 4: Rockaway Beach July 4th Celebration-Rockaway Beach
  • Wenesday, July 4: Silver Dollar City’s Independence Day Celebration-Silver Dollar City
  • Wednesday, July 4: Big Cedar Patriotic Picnic, Sunset Cruise, and Fireworks-Big Cedar Lodge
  • Wenesday, July 4: 59th Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration-Historic Downtown Hollister
  • Wenesday July 4: Chateau on the Lake 4th of July Celebration-Chateau on the Lake
  • Saturday, July 7: Branson Centennial Fireworks-Lake Taneycomo Bridge between Branson and Hollister

Come to Branson for a holiday week that explodes with fun! Call us at 800-768-3892 to book your reservations!

The Ozark Moonshine Run

The Ozark Moonshine Run is a beautiful route that winds through the most scenic areas in the Ozark Mountains. The  route officially begins in Harrison Arkansas ( 35 miles south of Branson on Hwy 65 ) and takes you along scenic Hwy 7, known as “the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks”. The southern and western parts of the route travels through several small Arkansas towns that will make you feel like you have stepped back in time to a slower paced lifestyle. As you loop back to the north you travel through the upper Buffalo River Wilderness. This river valley is part of the National Park system and is well known for magnificent ridgetop views, ancient limestone bluffs, and abundant wildlife including a growing Elk herd most commonly seen around Boxley. Jasper has several good restaurants that serve home cooked meals at low prices including the Ozark Cafe that opened it’s doors in 1909. The Cliff House restaurant( Hwy 7 south of Jasper )  is another great lunch stop with an amazing view.

Route Distance:             110 miles ( plus 35 from Branson to Harrison, and 35 back to Branson )

Curves:                            662

Gasoline stops:              Harrison, Jasper, Mt Judea, Deer, Compton

Directions:                     Depart Harrison on Scenic AR Highway 7 South heading to Jasper. Travel through Jasper on AR Highway 7 to AR Highway 374 East on your left. AR Highway 374 will join AR Highway 123 where you will turn right. Follow AR Highway 123 through Mt. Judea (pronounced Judy) until its intersection with AR Highway 7 North. AR Highway 123 splits, so be careful to follow the route leading to AR Highway 7 North. Follow AR Highway 7 North to the intersection with AR Highway 16 on your left. Highway 16 will take you through the communities of Deer, Nail and Swain. AR Highway 16 intersects with AR Highway 21 where you will travel north into Boxley Valley. Through the valley, be on the lookout for Elk that graze the fields and sometimes cross the highway. Follow AR Highway 21 to the intersection with AR Highway 43 North. AR Highway 43 North winds through Ponca back to Harrison.


Summertime Kayaking on Branson’s Lakes

For a natural view of Ozark Mountain country, you can’t beat a summertime kayak excursion across one of our numerous waterways. Paddling a kayak through the shade of a tall limestone bluff as a blue heron takes flight from the glistening waters ahead is a pleasant memory from my last trip. The summer season  is usually a drier season that leaves many of our area rivers too low to float. So now is an excellent time to paddle Lake Taneycomo or Table Rock Lake. Both offer fantastic, scenic views and a chance to spend some serene time with your friends or family.

Kayak Branson offers kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals on both Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. You can rent solo boats, tandem boats, or even boats that will hold three. They also offer guided trips if you are unfamiliar with the area. If the guided trips are not for you, they offer shuttle services to drop you off and pick you up. Kayak Branson provides all of the gear that you will need as well. Kayak Branson makes it so easy, all you have left to do is to enjoy the blue sky over your head, the cool lake waters , and the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ozark Mountains.

For additional information about kayaking around Branson, or to reserve kayaks or book a guided trip, give us a call or you can BOOK ONLINE.


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