May 1, 2010

50th Celebration (SDC)

Welcome to the Celebration!

The 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood

Crowds gathering for the Opening Ceremony

Mr. Jack Herschend greeting guests

Opening ceremony's Pledge of Allegiance

The crowd heading to Echo Hollow for the Birthday Ceremony and Concerts

Good sized crowd on hand

About time to get started

Making last minute preparations

The festivities began with the Haygoods

They did an amazing job with their set

Next was Branson's "first family of music" - the Mabe Family
They are better known as the Baldknobbers

The Herschend family was then recognized and welcomed everyone to the celebration

It was time for some proclamations from the US Congress, MO Congress and Branson

Senator Roy Blunt represented the US Congress at the celebration

Governor Nixon represented the State of Missouri

Park President Brad Thomas represented SDC and Branson properties

Next came celebrity congratulations
Rascal Flatts


Charlie Daniels

Herschend Family Entertainment CEO Joel Manby next addressed the crowd

Sister park Dollywood is celebrating it's Silver Anniversary this year

Dolly Parton sent her well wishes via satellite

Next, Louise Mandrell made a surprise appearance

The Lennon Sisters closed out the concert portion of the celebration

What an awesome celebration and concert.

Thanks for the invite and for a great day