In addition to the new Grand Exposition, an $8 million expansion in a new region of Branson's Silver Dollar covered, in an article entitled, "New for 2006 - Silver Dollar City's The Grand Exposition," on Nov. 13, the theme park will be adding a new festival in 2006, the "Southern Gospel Picnic," and adding new features to their existing festivals.
The "Southern Gospel Picnic," is a glorious gathering of harmony, food and fellowship, bringing together the rich harmonies of gospel music and the home-cooked spread of an old-fashioned picnic August 31 - Sept. 10. Gospel greats such as Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Crabb Family, The McKameys, The Kingsmen and
New Features being added to existing
World-Fest, the popular spring spectacular, brings in the world-renowned Moscow Circus, with stunning acrobatics and visual pageantry, and the Zunyi Acrobats of China for their first
Bluegrass & BBQ, the
Kids' Fest features Jim Fowler's Life in the Wild, a stage show with live native and exotic animals such as grizzly bears, alligators, wolves, tigers, leopards and pythons. Also new, Extreme Parrots perform and the popular K-9 All-Stars return for the festival, June 9 - August 20.
The Festival of American Music & Crafts brings back the Salute to the Great American Cowboy with over 500 musicians and craftsmen filling the park. Country star Ricky Van Shelton performs in a special concert September 16. The festival runs September 14 - October 28.
An Old Time Christmas presents one of the nation's most acclaimed holiday events with the Gifts of Christmas Holiday Light Parade, the popular show A Dickens' Christmas Carol, and over 4 million holiday lights. The festival runs November 4 - December 30.