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Cowboy Festival: craftsmen showcased at SDC – Branson Tri |

Cowboy Festival: craftsmen showcased at SDC – Branson Tri

Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts Cowboy Festival, which features 100 visiting craftsmen, is in full swing at the 1880s theme park.

Those craftsmen join Silver Dollar City’s more than 100 traditional craftsmen as they demonstrate leather working, copper color art, stone art, fiddle making, basket weaving, gourd painting and jewelry making.

In addition to the more than 225 craftsmen, the “Wild West Show,” which captures the excitement of the popular Wild West shows of the 1880s, with trick riders, performing canines and a new marksmanship demonstration by sharpshooting champion Kala Howard, who fires at targets while riding horseback, is also back this year. The “Wild West Show” also features eight-time World Champion Native American Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance, whose skills were showcased in Cirque du Soleil’s touring production “Totem.”

The “Wild West Show,” hosted by trick roper and bullwhip artist A.J. Silver, who was named Act of the Year by the International Rodeo Association, runs through Oct. 15.

Featured Western music acts during the festival include Western Music Association seven-time Female Performer of the Year Belinda Gail, three-time Group of the Year Miss Devon and the Outlaw, Entertainer of the Year and two-time Female Performer of the Year Kristyn Harris, plus the Malpass Brothers and the Home Rangers. 

The Barn Dance also returns to the Carousel Barn with an open dance floor for guests to strut, slide and stomp, with live music by the Horsecreek Band.

Watercolor artist and “Gunsmoke” star Buck Taylor also returns to show off his work, as well as that of several other artists, at Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium, at the Silver Dollar City Frisco Barn. Guests can enjoy cowboy-inspired crafts like saddle-making, leather-crafting, Native American jewelry-making, antler art, moccasin-crafting and turkey feather painting.

Chuck wagon historian and chef Kent Rollins, a cattle rancher and chuck wagon cook whose talents have landed him on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” and “Food Fighters,” will again show off his skills throughout the festival with daily demonstrations on the art of cooking  up authentic, chuck wagon meals.

The popular “Extreme Mustang Makeovers” show is also back, again featuring Fred Woehl, who trains Mustangs, and serves as the Board Chair for the Bureau of Land Management. In addition to showing off his “madeover” horses, Woehl always has a few who need to be adopted.

Fall harvest activities from sorghum and apple butter making are demonstrated on the Square and harvest-time foods are served up throughout the park, with favorites such as homemade soups and stews, smoked turkey legs and hearty skillet meals cooked on open grills.

Other harvest-time demonstrations include a mule-powered sorghum press, and food offerings include Harvest Skillets with vegetables and smoked ham, bacon-wrapped smoked Turkey Legs, slow-smoked Prime Rib and Apple Dumplings with homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream. 

The National Crafts Cowboy Festival is set to run Wednesday through Sunday at the park until Oct. 28. The park will then host An Old Time Christmas from Nov. 4 through Dec. 30.

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