Cindy Clark

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.   

Silver Dollar City

The annual Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival at Silver Dollar City runs May 5th-25th and will feature 44 of the Nation's best Bluegrass bands each performing multiple sets in a variety of venues at the Branson theme park.  A fan favorite highlight of the festival is the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, which began in 2002.