(Branson, MO) -- The City of Branson turns 100 this year, and leaders
are outlining plans to celebrate. It's still a bit early, but here are some of the events planned so far this year.
The 65th Annual Black Tie and
Centennial Celebration is set for Saturday, February 25.
On April 1, the Centennial Heritage Museum will open in Historic Downtown
Branson. Gala festivities will begin on April 14, followed by a Branson
Centennial Celebration Show on April 15. The location has yet to be determined.
The "Branson Centennial - 100
Days, 100 Years to Celebrate" will run from April 1 through July 10, 2012.
On April 14, "A Night to
Remember at Titanic" will allow residents to re-live Titanic's maiden
voyage via story telling, re-enactments and interactive ceremonial events.
Branson's "100th Fest and
Street Dance" is slated for July 7, 2012.
More information will be posted
More from the City of Branson:
Nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains in southwest Missouri, Branson has always had a welcoming
spirit, a tenacity to make it through tough times, and a deep foundation of
faith. These ideals - coupled with a love of craftsmanship and music - shaped
the culture of the Ozarks and the Branson/Lakes area. It is a unique place with
a uniquely American story.
It was this culture, set against the
natural beauty of the Ozarks, that drew the first "tourists" to the
Branson region in the late 1800's, including a preacher turned author named
Harold Bell Wright. And it was this culture that so many people around the
world became fascinated with after reading Wright's best-selling novel
"The Shepherd of the Hills."
Word spread quickly about Branson
and the Ozarks. By 1912, the settlement was bustling with residents and
visitors, and was officially incorporated as a city on April 1.
Over the past 100 years, Branson has
evolved and grown in many ways. Today, Branson is home to more than 10,000
residents and has become Missouri's top vacation destination,
welcoming an estimated 8 million visitors a year. Branson is now surrounded by
three lakes and countless attractions and entertainment options - 100+ live
shows with 64,000 theatre seats (more than Broadway!), 800 miles of shoreline,
18,000 hotel rooms, 3,000 RV/campsites, 200+ outlet shops and boutiques, 7
championship golf courses, the upscale Branson Landing and the new Branson
In other ways, Branson has remained
unchanged since those early days. The unspoiled OzarkMountain vistas, the wilderness and
waterways are as breathtaking as ever. The folks who live here still have a
rugged and independent spirit, as well as a deep dedication to God, country and
family. And visitors still come from great distances to forget their cares for