Silver Dollar City

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The winner of this year’s KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest at Silver Dollar City is the Russell Clan from Guthrie, Oklahoma. 

The single microphone contest, held Saturday, May 26, during Bluegrass and BBQ at the park, is for bands with members 21 and younger.  Among the estimated 1000 people in the Opera House audience Saturday was Paul Schiminger, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association, based in Nashville.

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Eighteen bands will compete this weekend in the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest at Silver Dollar City.

It’s the 17th year of the event in which young people from several states, as far away as Mississippi, Texas, Ohio and Minnesota, share their talents with park visitors and try to win the top prize of $1500. 

Michele Skalicky

A $26.5 million roller coaster, Time Traveler, under construction at Silver Dollar City will feature cars that turn while the ride is in motion, a 95-foot tall loop, a double launch, a 90 degree drop right out of the gate along with a dive loop, a vertical loop and a zero-g roll.

Dennis Gordt is head of track development and simulation with Mack Rides in Germany, which designed and is building the attraction.

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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.”

Michele Skalicky

A theater at Silver Dollar City has been turned into a giant instrument for a new festival taking place this month.

Rex Burdette, show producer and director at the park, says the Festival of Wonder has an appropriate name.