Branson’s Super Summer Midnight Cruise rolls into Branson

This is the week car enthusiasts from all over the country come to Branson for the annual Super Summer Cruise. The cruise will be held August 6 – 8 and will feature two major events; a daily Show ‘n Shine held daily at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead on West Highway 76 and the Midnight Cruise on August 8 down Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

Paul Miller, General Manager for Branson Tourism Center, said that the Super Summer Cruise is one of Branson’s most popular events and draws thousands of people to Branson every year. He suggests making advance reservations for lodging and shows to insure not only availability, but to have the best chance of getting the accommodations and show seating desired.

The gates of the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead will open for vehicle registrants at 7:00 a.m. daily August 6 – 8. From 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, the gates are open to the general public for the Show ‘n Shine and entertainment event. 500 trucks and cars will be displayed for public viewing and judging. The Best of Show Awards will be presented at the Pavilion Theatre at Shepherd of the Hills starting at 4:00 p.m. on August 8.

Vehicles being judged will be placed in one of the following classes: 1900 -1972 Stock Autos, 1973 – 2009 Stock Autos, 1900 – 2009 Stock Trucks, 1900 – 2009 Modified Trucks, 1900 – 1964 Street Machines, 1965 – 1980 Street Machines, 1981 – 2009 Street Machines, 1900 – 1948 Street Rods, 1964 – 1972 Stock Muscle Cars, 1964 – 1972 Modified Muscle Cars, Corvettes – All Years and Special Interest. Within each class the vehicles will be judged in five major areas, exterior, drive train, interior, Engine, and customization or restoration.

Immediately after the award ceremony there will be a briefing for all the drivers participating in the Midnight Cruise at the theatre. The August 8 Midnight Cruise, which is free to the public, will start at the rallying point for all the vehicles participating in the cruise, the parking lot at Celebration City. The route will proceed east on State Highway 376 and through the Highway 76 intersection and up the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway to its intersection with Roark Valley Road at B.T. Bones. Miller suggests that those wanting to watch the cruise should stake out their spots early.

For additional information on this event or Branson shows, attractions or lodging call 1-800-875-1550 or click here.

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