Plumb Nellie Days enhances Branson tourism

Although Branson tourism thrives on its live shows, from Silver Dollar City to historic downtown Branson and Branson Landing, unique festivals and special events enhance that tourism. The 36th Annual Plumb Nellie Days being held in historic downtown Branson May 15-17 is one of those events.

Plumb Nellie Days, organized by the Downtown Branson Main Street Association (DBMA) is a springtime tradition featuring arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, live music, entertainment, the Outrageous Dog Show, a book signing, and other family fun.

DBMA Events Coordinator Paula Gillispie says more than 100 booths have been reserved by crafters, artists, and food vendors. She pointed out that the event will be held in the one block area north of Main Street on Commercial Street and that Commercial Street will be closed to traffic between Main and Pacific Streets during the event.

All the events except the Outrageous Dog Show, which requires a $5.00 registration fee, are free. On Friday, May 15-16, the arts and crafts festival will be open during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m and on Sunday, May 17 it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In conjunction with Plumb Nellie Days some downtown merchants will also be holding sidewalk sales.

Judy Dees, who owns “Mr. B’s Ice Cream Parlor” at the corner of Veterans Boulevard and Main Street, with her husband, Randy, has recently published a book entitled, “Verses from Above.” Dees will be holding a book signing during the event.

The Outrageous Dog Show, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and the show at 10 a.m., has become one of the most popular activities of Plumb Nellie Days. Although it costs $5.00 to enter, it is a fun event during which every dog wins a prize based on the judging of fun divisions such as the ugliest dog, cutest puppy, most spots, longest ears etc. In addition, the Taney County Animal Shelter, in conjunction with Plumb Nellie Days, will be offering the adoption of dogs and cats from the shelter.

Gillispie said, “Volunteers are very much a part of Plumb Nellie Days” and that anyone wanting to volunteer to help with the event should call her. For information about the event or to volunteer call 417-334-1548.