For the 4th year, the Branson area is paying tribute to active and retired law enforcement personnel and their families with a week-long series of events to honor those who serve and protect. Branson’s Law Enforcement Recognition Week is June 10-17, 2017.
The area-wide series of events spans the entire region from Downtown Branson to Silver Dollar City to the Bass Pro Outdoor Shooting Academy south of town. While they are downtown, Sparky’s free trolley service is available to these honored guests.
The week-long tribute kicks off Saturday, June 10, with an offroad 5k and 10k race on the White River Valley Trail System across from the Showboat Branson Belle. Members of the public will be running alongside law enforcement personnel in this competition-timed fundraiser.
On Sunday, there is a church service, social mixer and special event at Silver Dollar City. Events resume on Wednesday with a shooting competition at the new Bass Pro’s Outdoor Shooting Academy near Big Cedar Lodge, south of Branson. On Thursday, there’s a “Law on the Links” golf tournament at Ledgestone Golf Course and an 8 p.m. Light Cruise at the Branson Landing where the public can pay tribute to these officers.
On Friday, there’s a keynote banquet at the Radisson Hotel and a collector’s show on Saturday. Also on Saturday is a motorcycle competition in the Branson Hills Home Depot’s parking lot where the public can watch these skilled drivers navigate an obstacle course.
The schedule of events includes:
Saturday, June 10, 2017
8 a.m. – Run the Line 5K and 10K, White River Valley Trail (Red Trail)
Sunday, June 11, 2017
10 a.m. – Sanctuary of Hope Church Service at Silver Dollar City and Andy’s Frozen Custard for Social Afterwards
2 p.m. – Silver Dollar City special event
Monday, June 12, 2017
8 a.m. – Law on the Links at LedgeStone Golf Course
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9 a.m. – Shooting Competition at Bass Pro’s Outdoor Shooting Academy
Thursday, June 15, 2017
8 p.m. – Light Cruise at the Branson Landing
Friday, June 16, 2017
10 a.m. – Motorcycle POST Training
5 p.m. – Social Hour at Radisson Hotel
6:30 p.m. – Banquet Dinner featuring keynote speaker J.D. “Buck” Savage, Radisson Hotel Ballroom
Saturday, June 17, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Heart of the Ozarks Police Collector’s Show, Radisson Hotel
8:30 a.m. – Police Motorcycle Competition, Home Depot Parking Lot
Note: Events are subject to change. The 1st Annual Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, has been cancelled because of high water conditions on Table Rock Lake. Planning is already underway for the 2018 tournament.
More information about National Law Enforcement Week is available at BransonSalutes.com
Photos from 2016 event by Tom Hollis