The City’s Harvest Glow to Shine Brighter in 2021
Announcing More Pumpkins, More Sculptures & Enhanced Pathway Illumination in New Area
(Branson, MO 2021) By day and by night, Silver Dollar City’s acclaimed Harvest Festival returns in fall of 2021 with even more pumpkins, new bigger-than-life pumpkin sculptures and more lighted pathways featuring spectacularly hand-carved designs. The 2021 addition covers more than 2 acres with glowing carved masterpieces, stretching from the Woodland Hike all the way through Rivertown.
As part of the on-going 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, the 2021 half-million-dollar investment expands The Harvest Festival featuring Crafts, Cowboys and Pumpkins, running September 24-October 30, 2021. In the past six decades, the internationally-awarded 1880s theme park has created one of the most heralded crafts festivals in Mid-America by presenting a celebration of fall in the Ozark Mountains.
With the 2021 additions canvasing a larger portion of the City, new elements include a 14-foot ‘Lucky’ Dog, the Dalmatian mascot of the kid area called Fireman’s Landing, colorful, friendly bats with 5-foot wingspans perched atop dramatic lighted areas, more festoons draping over pathways and vivid ground lighting all throughout the new area of Rivertown. This extends the existing lighted trail of thousands of pumpkins and themed sculptures such as a massive cat, pumpkin craftspeople (patterned after the City’s own craftspeople), an icon scarecrow more than 2-stories tall and brilliant animals that measure from 5-feet to more than 20 feet.
The setting adds to the ambiance of the tree-shaded 110-acre park, with over 40 rides & attractions all nestled within the hills and hollows of the Ozark Mountains near Branson, Missouri. Silver Dollar City’s heralded, cutting-edge roller coasters utilize the existing mountainous landscape for record-breaking thrills, drops, loops and breathtaking views.
“There’s a sense of discovery while exploring the Harvest Festival as guests experience all the pumpkin masterpieces while they journey between demonstrating artisans, rides, shows, restaurants and shops,” said the Silver Dollar City’s Events Manager, Kelly Eutsler.
With 2021 marking the third season of the pumpkin celebration, the idea developed as a way to motivate families looking for non-scary, fall-time celebrations. The inaugural year saw a 66% attendance increase (111,000 new guests to Fall), claiming 4 spots in the top 20 days in Silver Dollar City’s entre history. Then, during the challenges of 2020, the City saw a substantial uptick in attendance as families sought entertainment and fun in outdoor, safety-conscience environments.
Daytime Crafts to Evening Aglow
The overall festival lets guests stroll and observe demonstrating crafters while toe-tapping western, bluegrass and country music sounds from outdoor stages and cowboy lore is brought to life by legendary figures; then evening and nighttime are set aglow as the energy heats up and a pumpkin-centric plaza gathering takes over, featuring pumpkin pals and glow-in-the-dark fun.
All throughout, there are the City’s rides and coasters soaring into the Ozark skies and, as has become tradition, a wide selection of creative Silver Dollar City food specialties. This year the menu features all things pumpkin, including pumpkin cheesecake cones, cappuccinos, cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes, churros with pumpkin fluff and more.
The Makers’ Market houses some of the most intricate creations. In the streets and courtyards, there are dozens more demonstrating crafters along with several world-recognized pumpkin carvers. Just around the corner from the crafts, guests find yesteryear cowboy culture such as cooking on outdoor grills, storytelling by wranglers of the old Silver Dollar City Stagecoach, western lore historians, artists and musicians. A favorite is famed watercolor artist, Buck Taylor, known from his youth on the TV series ‘Gunsmoke’ and now seen in the trendy series, ‘Yellowstone.’
The Harvest Festival Featuring Crafts, Cowboys & Pumpkins runs from September 24-October 30, 2021.