The Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival has added an all-round pumpkin extravaganza to its craft, cowboys, and pumpkin patch event.
As part of a half-million dollar “Pumpkins in the City” expansion in honor of their 60th Diamond Jubilee anniversary, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, fills the park with more pumpkins than never.
Larger-than-life pumpkin carvings, carved pumpkins, and expansive lighted trails with hand-carved designs make this year’s Crafts & Harvest Festival a true celebration of fall, from September 24 to October 30.
“Pumpkins in the City” occupies the area stretching from the Boatworks Theater to the Rivertown Smokehouse, with family-friendly elements including a 14-foot “Lucky” dog (the Dalmatian mascot for Fireman’s Landing).
Friendly bats with a five-foot wingspan perch above walkways in brightly lit areas, and all of Rivertown is draped in fall-inspired scallops.
Bright ground lighting showcases a discovery trail lined with thousands of pumpkins and themed sculptures, including a massive cat, pumpkin artisans, a two-story scarecrow, and a variety of gigantic animals.
The park’s roller coaster is one of 40 rides and attractions that will stay open all night long, and families can also participate in blacklight and dark dance parties, dancing alongside life-size pumpkin buddies.
Event-specific food turns every visit into a party, with the pumpkin, the iconic flavor of fall, taking center stage. Choose from longtime favorites, Pumpkin Chili, Pumpkin Corn Dogs with Sweet Potato Fries, Cinnamon Pumpkin Rolls, Spicy Pumpkin Churros, Pumpkin Fluff, Sandwiches pork with pumpkin barbecue sauce, spicy pumpkin ribs and pumpkin bread pudding.
New seasonal treats include:
- Pumpkin Danish
- Pumpkin Sausage Pizza
- Sausage and Pumpkin Potato Soup
- Chicken curry with pumpkin and coconut and rice
- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
- Pan-fried fall pork belly
Make the most of these delicious offers with the new ‘Harvest Tasting Passport’, allowing customers to select five dishes from the expansive 40-item menu spread across 23 locations across the park.
Crafts & Cowboys are also part of the festival, and each day the park hosts artisans demonstrating their skills. Among the 43 artists creating jewelry, handmade dolls, glass and stoneware art, and much more is acclaimed pumpkin carver, Barry Brown, featured in “Good Morning America.”
You’ll find specialty crafts at the Maker’s Market, including quilts, vintage items, and appliqué and woven rugs.
What about the cowboys in Crafts, Cowboys & Pumpkins? An array of Western writers, artisans and artists will sell and display their wares in the Cowboy Emporium during the day, while western, bluegrass and country bands take to the park stages.
Fans of the “Gunsmoke” and “Yellowstone” television series will recognize Buck Taylor, now a famous Cowboy Art watercolorist. He will exercise his profession throughout the festival.
For an authentic westward experience, head to Cowboy Corral for cart cooking demonstrations with Jim Flint-Smith (September 24 – October 10) and Food Network star Kent Rollins (October 13-30).
And, of course, a troop of wranglers will be on hand to bring the history of Silver Dollar City to life.
For more information, visit SilverDollarCity.com.