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Branson and Sparky Honor Law Enforcement

Branson and Sparky Honor Law Enforcement

Downtown Branson, Events
[caption id="attachment_405" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Light Cruise at Branson Landing gives the public a chance to honor law enforcement officers.[/caption] 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…
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Memorial Day Weekend: A First Taste of Branson Summer Fun

Memorial Day Weekend: A First Taste of Branson Summer Fun

Downtown Branson, Events, Veterans
[caption id="attachment_396" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Parakeet Pete's Steampunk Balloon offers spectacular views of Downtown Branson and Lake Taneycomo.[/caption] Memorial Day is the official kickoff for Branson's summer season. The entire region is packed with great shopping, live shows, special events, activities and lake fun for the whole family!   Remembering Our Heroes First, we remember that Monday is a solemn remembrance of our fallen military servicemen and servicewomen. In keeping with Branson's unwavering respect and honor for our military veterans, the Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 913 is organizing the community's Memorial Day Service on Monday at 11 a.m. at Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, 1638 E. Highway 76. Downtown Fun Historic Downtown Branson and the Branson Landing are the place to be with more than 200 unique stores, antique markets…
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Show us your #RideSparky Selfie

Show us your #RideSparky Selfie

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_388" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Meranda T. and her daughters are Sparky fans![/caption] We love to see our Sparky fans sharing their photos while on the trolley! Next time you hop on-board Sparky, be sure to snap a selfie or a photo from the trolley and tag it with #RideSparky. Feel free to at-mention us anytime or ask questions via @RideSparky on Instagram and Twitter. Connect with us on your favorite network: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ridesparky Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridesparky/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridesparky/
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In Branson for a Sporting Event? Discover Fun Downtown!

In Branson for a Sporting Event? Discover Fun Downtown!

Dining, Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_383" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Branson Shootout Futsal Tournament held at the Branson Convention Center[/caption]   If you're coming to Branson for a martial arts tournament, a dance competition or some other sporting event, downtown is the perfect place for event attendees to grab a meal, shop and find lots of fun activities. Downtown and the Branson Convention Center are home to a number of tournaments and sporting events, including dance and cheer competitions, futsal indoor soccer tournaments, basketball and more. The Branson RecPlex, just a few minutes north of downtown, is also the site of a number of outdoor softball, baseball and soccer tournaments. Many youth baseball players come to the area from May through August to compete at the Ballparks of America facility. For the week-long tournaments, Wednesday…
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Downtown Branson Loves Motorcoaches and Group Tours

Downtown Branson Loves Motorcoaches and Group Tours

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_378" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Motorcoaches parked in Branson[/caption] Branson is definitely one of America's most motorcoach-friendly destinations, and Downtown Branson loves to see buses too! Many of the businesses, theaters and attractions in Branson appreciate the efforts of our hard-working group leaders, escorts and drivers, and often extend special benefits in the form of complimentary services, meals or discounts. Be sure to mention to our businesses that you are leading or escorting a group! Here's everything drivers and escorts need to know about loading and unloading of riders in downtown and at the Branson Landing. Two main dropoff/pickup points There are two main loading and unloading points in downtown that conveniently put your guests in the center of all the action: Main Street and Commercial On the southwest corner of the Main…
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Ride the Branson Trolley to Beautiful Spots on Lake Taneycomo

Ride the Branson Trolley to Beautiful Spots on Lake Taneycomo

Downtown Branson
Visitors and resident love to ride the free Downtown Branson trolley while they are shopping or dining, enjoying events or live entertainment. But the Sparky trolley can also take you to the most scenic spots and parks along the Taneycomo lakefront. Here are some of the parks, scenic spots, jogging trails and more you can access via the trolley: North Beach Park [caption id="attachment_370" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] North Beach Park is popular with walkers, joggers, picnickers and nature-lovers.[/caption] Near trolley Stop #6 is North Beach Park, a 4.2 acre city park at the junction of Lake Taneycomo and Roark Creek. This park is a favorite for walkers, joggers, bike riders, picnickers and nature enthusiasts. The park features a paved walking trail that connects with the Branson Landing Boardwalk to create a…
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Let Sparky Take You to Downtown Branson Shows

Let Sparky Take You to Downtown Branson Shows

Downtown Branson, Events, Shows and Attractions
[caption id="attachment_363" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Keith Allynn pays tribute to Neil Diamond at the Historic Owen Theatre[/caption] Branson has been known for tourism and entertainment for more than a century, and Historic Downtown Branson is where that tradition began. The district continues to be home to exciting live music shows, and the free Sparky trolley system is a great way to get to and from your show, and also take advantage of all of the shopping, dining and excitement downtown has to offer. Downtown is home to two live-performance theatres and frequent special events that include live music. The Historic Owen Theatre/Branson’s House of Comedy on Commercial Street is home to several Branson shows, including A Neil Diamond Tribute, Carpenters Once More and Cover of the Rolling Stone. Shows are scheduled…
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Classic Cars Come to Downtown Branson

Classic Cars Come to Downtown Branson

Events
[caption id="attachment_346" align="aligncenter" width="900"] This 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is one of the cars on the auction block in Spring 2017.[/caption]   Downtown Branson has a number of fun and unique events each year, and one of the favorites for attendees is the twice-a-year Branson Auction, a sale of classic, collectible and historically significant cars. The Spring 2017 auto auction is being held April 21-22 at the Branson Convention Center.   [caption id="attachment_352" align="aligncenter" width="900"] This 1949 Ford F1, coming to Branson in April, is as all-American as they come.[/caption]   Typically held in April and in October, the auction is one of the nation's largest car collector events and draws several hundred visitor to Downtown Branson. Spectators and buyers can see dozens of unique and historic vehicles, ranging from early 20th…
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Get Up-Close with Branson’s History on Downtown Walking Tour

Get Up-Close with Branson’s History on Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Branson, Shows and Attractions
With this self-guided walking tour, visitors can experience many of the authentic and historic sites in Downtown Branson. The tour starts on Main Street in front of Dick's 5 and 10, continues down North Commercial Street, goes through the Town Square portion of Branson Landing, returns to South Commercial Street and ends up back on Main Street. Branson's downtown started taking shape in the first years of the 20th century. The city of Branson was incorporated on April 1, 1912, and only four months later in August a devastating fire destroyed most of the downtown. On this tour, you can see the historic sites and a handful of buildings that survived the fire. The tour is at your own pace and can be modified as you wish. Plan on at least…
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Major Portion of Streetscape Phase 3 Completed

Major Portion of Streetscape Phase 3 Completed

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_330" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The intersection of Main and Commercial streets reopened on March 2.[/caption]   It's a great time to visit Historic Downtown Branson and see in-person the great changes that have been happening this winter. A major portion of the Streetscape Phase 3 renovations have been completed, and Main Street has reopened. Also completed is the section of Commercial Street between Main Street and Pacific Street, now open with new wide sidewalks and clearly marked parking spots. Construction on the block of Commercial Street north of Main is still ongoing and is expected to be completed by May.   [caption id="attachment_326" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Workers lay brick pavers and set up concrete forms at the intersection of Main and Commercial Streets in mid-February 2017.[/caption]   The Phase 3 renovation…
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