Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, Christmas
Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, Santa
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City Facts and Tourism Info for Branson, MO

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Population:

Branson, population 6,050, is located in southwest Missouri, 35 miles south of Springfield. It is ranked 16th among all overnight vacation sites in the United States. Top Branson activities include: attending shows, shopping, visiting theme parks, engaging in outdoor recreation and sports, participating in water activities and visiting historical sites.

Tourism:

According to the Branson Chamber of Commerce, Branson has hosted 7.2 million visitors. Within its 17.5 square miles of area, Branson has 412 restaurants with 34,494 seats, and 45 theaters with 56,228 seats. (This is more theater seats than New York City's Broadway!)

History:

Branson has a long and unique history, dating back to the 1300s, when the first inhabitants were probably the nomadic Osage tribes. The first white visitors, French and Spanish explorers and fur traders, came in the 1700s, causing clashes between themselves and the native Osage tribes. In 1803, the land where Branson now sits was sold from France to the United States in the famous Louisiana Purchase. Eventually, broken treaties with the Osage allowed settlers to overcome the natives, and English, Irish and Scottish farmers from Kentucky and Tennessee flooded the area. They settled the Ozark Country and made a unique and independent culture that was somewhat secluded and closed off from other influences. The area's scenery began to draw visitors, and today the beautiful mountains and lakes, as well as the rich concentration of entertainment, draw millions of visitors each year.

In 1907, Howard Bell Wright visited the people of the Ozarks and explored Marvel cave, inspiring him to write the famous novel Shepherd of the Hills. Tourists still come to Branson to see the sites that inspired this beloved story.

Lakes:

One renowned aspect of Branson is the surrounding lake country. Lake Taneycomo has always been a source of pride and fame for Branson, as it helped the city survive during the years of the Depression as an inexpensive travel destination for people in the Midwest. In 1959, Table Rock Dam was completed, and today Lake Taneycomo is too cold for swimming because it is fed by the cold spring waters of Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is now a first-class trout fishing location.

Shows:

Also in 1959, the Mabes Family came to Branson from Springfield, bringing their jug band, the Ozarks Jubilee Show. They performed in the evenings in the basement of the City Hall, and became known as The Baldknobbers. Another famous jug band was the Presleys. These two pioneering groups eventually built their own theaters in the 1960s on Highway 76, drawing throngs of visitors to sold-out performances. The success of these first Branson performers soon began to draw other acts and celebrities, and today, there are over 40 theaters along "the Strip."

 

Reviews
Baldknobbers Jamboree Show
Great show!!!! We remember the days that they went on the road and came to our school year after year in their off season. They would tell us that they were the only show in branson and encourage us to come up and see their beautiful area. Most of the old baldnobbers are gone but the young generation is doing a great job of carrying on tradition. I know that jim would still be proud of them. We will come back!
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-- Glenda Harley - Gun Barrel City, TX
Baldknobbers Jamboree Show
The baldknobber jamberee is the must see show in branson. I see it every time i go to branson. The second generation mabes are fantastic! The third generation mabes add a fabulous new dimension! Droopy drawers jr. And stub are the funniest comedians i have ever heard. The professional cast and musicians are the best in the ozarks. I have seen many shows in my 71 years, but none better than the baldknobber jamboree! This show is not only the first and best show in branson, it carries out the mabe family legacy perfectly.
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-- Mary Woods - Suburb of New Orleans, LA
Baldknobbers Jamboree Show
I have been to the show a number of times. I live in the area and thoroughly enjoy the show. Of all the times that i have seen it, it is always as crisp and on target as the time before. All the performers are first rate (and more). The singing is great, the music is fantastic and of course the comedy never grows old. Thanks for the great times that my family and i have enjoyed in the last 2 years that we have lived here. The show pays tribute to the veterans like no one else. They sing each of the 5 branches theme song. How cool is that? I am a veteran of both the coast guard and the army and think what they do is beyond words. From beginning to end it is a show that takes the audience for a 2 hour ride that will not soon be forgotten. Thanks for the great job that you all work so hard at. Well done!
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-- Bruce Huntsman - Reeds Spring, MO
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