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At the heart of the National Crafts Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City are the craftsmen, said John Ancona, director of entertainment and events.

The festival began in 1963 and brings 125 visiting craftsmen to the Branson theme park each year, in addition to those already there. For the cowboy element, there are Western shows and music, cast iron cooking, different Western artists each week and more, he said.

This year there are roughly 20 new artists, some who have their own take on traditional crafts.

One example is Wynonna Right, who makes “horn baskets” and incorporates antlers or other horns into the weave or uses them as a handle.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Ancona.

Entertainment highlights include a Wild West show with trick riders, ropers, eight-time world-champion Native American hoop dancer, performing canines, and a new marksmanship demonstration by mounted shooter Kala Howard.

Howard performs tricks like Annie Oakley, shoots balloons that are released in the air and fires at a target 15 feet away with her back turned by using a mirror, said Ancona.

“She’s a great entertainer. We’ve been looking for someone like her for years,” he said.

The Wild West Show runs through Oct. 15.

There’s also Western music, a barn dance and various Western painters. Western actor and watercolor artist Buck Taylor hosts “Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium,” featuring a variety of Western crafts.

There are harvest-time demonstrations such as a mule-powered sorghum press, campfire cooking and Dutch oven demonstrations by Kent Rollins, who has appeared on the Food Network.

Food highlights include harvest skillets, bacon-wrapped smoked turkey legs, slow-smoked prime rib and apple dumplings with homemade cinnamon ice cream.

During the festival, visitors will find leather work, stone art, homemade fiddles, copper art, painted gourds, hand-poured candles, jewelry and a lot more.

The festival was recently spotlighted by U.S. News World Report Travel as one of the nation’s top 8 Fall Harvest Festivals, and as Travel Leisure’s Missouri pick for its Best Fall Festival in Every State.

The festival continues Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 28. One-day general admission tickets are $62 for adults; $60 for seniors  62 and older; children ages 4-11 are $51; 3 and younger are free.

Now through Saturday only is “Heroes Month” which offers one-day admission for law enforcement officers (active and retired), firefighters (active and retired), military personnel (active and retired), military veterans, EMTs and 911 dispatchers with valid photo and department/military ID. Up to four dependents can accompany them for $31 per person, plus tax.

There are several special discounted rates available this weekend and during the festival (see box). 

WANT TO GO? 

What: National Crafts Cowboy Festival

Where: Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson 

When: Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 28.  Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday. Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Tickets: One-day general admission tickets are $62 for adults; $60 for seniors 62 and older; children ages 4-11 are $51.

There are several special rates available during this festival.

  • Through Saturday only, 2017 season pass holders can bring two guests for half price ($31, plus tax each), with tickets available at front gate.
  • Through Saturday only is also “Heroes Month,” which offers one-day admission for law enforcement officers (active and retired), firefighters (active and retired), military personnel (active and retired), military veterans, EMTs and 911 dispatchers with valid photo and department/military ID. Up to four dependents can accompany them for $31 per person, plus tax.
  • On Wednesdays through Oct. 25, it’s $40 for ages 55 and older on Wednesdays only, with tickets available online, by phone or at the gate.
  • Price Cutter Thursdays available through Oct. 26, where tickets are $35 for any age with tickets purchased in advance at Price Cutter stores.

Info: 800-831-4FUN (4386) or www.silverdollarcity.com

ALSO

Silver Dollar City  is hosting a 9/11 Springfield Area Memorial Stair Climb at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. The climb is in remembrance of the New York City firefighters lost on 9-11-2001. Participants will climb the stairs of the amphitheater multiple times for a total of 110 stories, the number of floors in the twin towers. The event benefits the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and their families. Participants can register online at  www.springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org.

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