Car enthusiasts for the Shepherd’s Super Summer Cruise

Long sunny days, hot summer nights and that rumble in the air can only mean one thing ­ it’s time for car enthusiasts from all over the country to roll into Branson again! The Super Summer Cruise at The Shepherd of the Hills, running from runs August 12-14, is one of the most popular automotive events in the country, and with some exciting additions, 2004 promises to be the biggest year yet.

The Show n’ Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead will run from 8am to 5pm each day. Here visitors can get an up-close look at these incredible autos. There will be great entertainment from some of Branson’s hottest stars in the new Pavilion Theatre, a fantastic DJ on Inspiration Point, delicious food vendors, and fun games and prizes by Street Machines of Table Rock Lake, the host car club for the event. Each day Cooter Davenport and the General Lee from Duke’s of Hazard will be on hand greeting visitors, and Spirit Industries will also be on hand each day of the event. They will actually build chassis from the ground up and start the engine in 20 minutes.

Friday the action really heats up with the beginning of the MAACC judging and the NSRA inspections and the highlight of the event ­ the midnight cruise down The Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. The parade of cars will begin in front of the IMAX theatre and Red Lobster and run to BT Bones Steakhouse. The event is free ­ guests bring their lawn chairs and begin lining up early so they can enjoy these magnificent automobiles! Several Branson celebrities will be riding in convertibles for the cruise.

Saturday the judging continues throughout the day at the Show n’ Shine. At 3:30pm, visitors can take in the Best of Show Awards. There are 10 classes, and 3 trophies per class, plus the top twenty cars will be selected to compete for Best In Show, which will place the top three.

Tickets are available at the gate and are $10 on Thursday, $12 on Friday, $14 on Saturday, or $30 for a 3-Day Festival Pass, children are ½ price. Combination packages are also available for the Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show and The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama at

8:30pm. For more information, call 417-334-4191.

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