As Ozark Mountain Spring winds down Branson Tourism comes into full bloom

Rhonda Vincent, on of the many top bluegrass
acts appearing at "Bluegrass & BBQ ."

As Branson newest event, Ozark Mountain Spring, enters its last month, it signals that the 2009 Branson Tourism season is in full bloom. As Branson is “Celebrating 50 years of live music shows” just about all the shows that are going to be open for the “season” are open along with the vast majority of attractions, restaurants, retail stores, and the other activities and entertainment that Branson is famous for.

Whether one looks at them as part of Ozark Mountain Spring or as just apart of the Branson experience, May has some special events. One of the most unique is the Branson Air Show which will take place at the “Branson Airport,” located just minutes south of Branson. The air show will be held on May 9-10 and, among other things, will feature some of the best air show performers in the nation along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute jumpers, and a fly over by a B2 Stealth Bomber on Saturday.

Branson’s premier attraction, Silver Dollar City, has just finished one of the biggest international festivals in the country, “World-Fest” and continues its “biggest show year ever” with another popular event, its “Bluegrass & BBQ Festival.” The festival will run from May 13 to May 31 and will feature 30 of the finest bluegrass acts in the country such as nine-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 2009 SPBGMA Entertainer of the Year, Rhonda Vincent, 2008 IBMA Entertainer of the Year and winner of the 2009 SPBGMA Bluegrass Band and Song of the Year Dailey & Vincent and two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year and 2009 SPBGMA Instrumental Group and Album of the Year award winners, The Grascals.

Historic downtown Branson will hold its 36th Plumb Nellie Day Celebration from May 15-17. The celebration will feature arts and crafts, side walk sales, live music, entertainment, an Outrageous Dog Show, a book signing, and other family fun. For additional information call the Downtown Branson Main Street Association at 417-334-1548.

The 8th Annual Branson Motorcycle Rally will be held at Dick Clark’s Area 57 May 14-17. The rally will feature a “Burn Out” contest on Friday night paying a cash prize to the biggest burn out, Freestyle Stunt Bike Show all weekend, a motor cycle thrill show featuring “The American Hellriders. Live music will be provided on the “High Octane Design Stage” with the The Maxwells on Friday night and The Eric Tessmer Band Saturday night.

A feature of the rally will be the Teresu Dyno Drags that allow motor cyclists to use their own bikes to compete head to head under actual racing conditions. Complete with Christmas tree starting lights, a computerized timing system allows motor cyclists to compete with each other and find out how fast their bikes are while remaining in a safe stationary position. For additional information on this event call 800-342-6230 or visit the events website at

For a complete list of the remaining Ozark Mountain Spring Events and more information on each, click here. One thing is for sure, Ozark Mountain Spring or Branson’s regular season, there is no place like Branson, Missouri to have fun and be entertained.