May
9

Downtown Branson hosts Plumb Nellie Days

Posted In: City News by BroadcastBranson.com


(BRANSON, MO.) Arts and crafts, live music, the Outrageous Dog Show, sidewalk sales and other family fun are featured May 16-18 at the 35th Annual Plumb Nellie Days.

Organized by the Downtown Branson Main Street Association (DBMA), Plumb Nellie Days is a springtime tradition, said DBMA Events Coordinator Paula Gillispie. Gillispie has pulled together the details for the three-day event. More than 120 booths have been reserved by artists, crafters and food vendors. Many of the craft booths will be under a tent. The crafts tent and other booths will be arranged on the Awbery parking lot at Commercial and Pacific Streets in downtown Branson, just behind Dick’s Old-Fashioned 5 & 10.

The arts and crafts festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. The crafts show is free to the public. Live music is also planned, and the entertainment schedule will be announced next week.

Downtown merchants will also hold sidewalk sales during Plumb Nellie Days.

One of Plumb Nellie Days’ most popular features is the Outrageous Dog Show, sponsored by Reigning Cats & Dogs and Camp Little Paws. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the dog show begins at 10 a.m. Divisions include longest ears, cutest puppy, ugliest dog, most talented, shortest legs, most spots, longest tail, owner look-alike and other divisions. The entry fee is $3 per child with a dog, and $5 per adult with a dog. Every dog will win a prize, Gillispie said.

Some dogs may also win homes on Saturday. For the first time, Plumb Nellie Days will offer pet adoptions of dogs from the Taney County Animal Shelter. Adoption details will be announced next week with all the final counts and details of Plumb Nellie Days, said DBMA Executive Director Dawn Erickson.

“Plumb Nellie Days goes back to the mid-20th century in Branson,” Erickson said. “When I was growing up in Branson, we looked forward to this festival all year long. We dressed up in pioneer costumes, the men had beard-growing contests, and the kids competed in greased pig and other old-fashioned competitions, and everyone came to watch the parade. A carnival was set up near the railroad tracks, and cakewalks and other games were held on Commercial Street.

“I’ve always heard that the name is derived from an old-fashioned surveyor’s term “plumb” which means exactly, and ‘nellie’ is a colloquial expression for ‘nearly.” We think the word spring was also part of the original name. So Plumb Nellie probably means ‘exactly nearly spring.’ It makes no sense, but it’s such a fun name for a springtime festival.”

“Volunteers are very much a part of Plumb Nellie Days,” Gillispie said. “The volunteers who help out every week at the DBMA office are also part of Plumb Nellie Days, and we have some volunteers specifically for special events. We certainly appreciate the help, and we can never have too many volunteers. Anyone with some extra time Friday, Saturday or Sunday may call me and we can arrange a schedule.”

Information about Plumb Nellie Days and other DBMA activities is available by calling 417-334-1548 or emailing to dawnerickson@downtownbranson.org.

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May
9

Press Conference Launching New Billboard

Posted In: Events by Pat McGrath Avery


Pat McGrath Avery
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Branson Veterans Task Force
www.bransonveterans.com
PO Box 138
Branson, MO   65615

Branson Veterans Task Force

Media Release

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2008

Press Conference Announcing New BVTF Billboard

To officially launch the striking new Branson Veterans Task Force billboard located at Hwy 65 and Hwy 76, a press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13 at 3 pm in front of Bob Evans Restaurant.

The billboard will let all visitors know that Branson is truly the ‘Veteran Connection.’ The city holds at least 17 events a year and is well-known as a favorite destination for military reunions. Veterans Week in November is the country’s largest. In May women who served are specifically honored during Women Veterans Week, the third week in May.

By partnering with area businesses, the Task Force offers the best of Branson to our veterans and military reunion groups. Branson, as a community, honors veterans 365 days a year. The Branson Veterans History Project is an active partner with the Library of Congress in conducting and archiving veteran interviews.

For more information about veteran activities, contact the Branson Veterans Task Force office. The Branson Veterans Task Force holds events year-round to commemorate important events in our history and to honor our veterans. The BVTF office is located at 138 Pointe Royale Drive in Branson. To contact the office call 417.337.8387 (417.337.VETS).

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