Lisa Rau

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

A long standing partnership between Ozarks Public Radio and Silver Dollar City, continues this month when the 16th, KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is held during SDC’s annual  Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival. 

Silver Dollar City’s D.A. Callaway says the theme park is bringing in a bevy of Bluegrass bands to entertain patrons during Bluegrass & BBQ, which runs through Monday, May 29th. “We’ve got a lot of people here, a lot of Bluegrass lovers, 6 stages running every day for 23 days.  We’ve got 62 bands on the schedule, yeah, we’re having a ball.”

Michael Smith / KSMU-FM

It was a grand gathering at Silver Dollar City’s Gazebo, Friday Oct 21st, when close to 2000 of Violet Hensley’s friends, family and fellow fiddlers, celebrated the legendary fiddle maker’s 100th birthday. 

Silver Dollar City Publicist Lisa Rau, opened the program with a remembrance of her and Violet’s trip to New York City, for Violet’s appearance on Regis and Kathy Lee:  “The night before the show, Violet said, Sure, I’ll go to a rock and roll sushi bar. When that meal arrived, Violet looked up at the waitress and said, Well, that fish looks like it needs to back in the creek!”

Silver Dollar City

AUDIO:  Outlaw Run Wooden Roller Coaster/Silver Dollar City Train Whistle/Screams from Riders of       Giant Swing.

Producer Mike Smith:  “On the NW edge of Silver Dollar City, near where the Silver Dollar City Railroad passes underneath the Giant Swing and the Outlaw Run wooden roller Coaster, sits Silver Dollar City’s largest indoor performance state; the 800 seat Opera House Theater, site of the annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest.  The 15th such event was held at The Opera House over the Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 28th.”

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM


A decade and a half long partnership between Public Radio KSMU and Silver Dollar City continues this Saturday May 28th, when the 15th Annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest gets underway.  This Year’s competition starts at 10:30 am inside SDC’s Opera House Theater, and will present 22 bands representing 9 states.   

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

The 14 annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest was held May 23rd at Silver Dollar City.  19 band from 12 states were entered in the contest this year which offered $4,000 in prize money paid by Silver Dollar City to the top 5 finishers.  Parents can participate but otherwise, band members must be 21 or under to compete. 

Taking 3rd place this year was The Baker Family, from Birch Tree Mo.  2nd place was earned by the Kansas Bluegrass Association Treblemakers, and top honors went to Ash Breeze from Fayetteville North Carolina.