Silver Dollar City

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.

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.”

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.

Missouri DNR

Tourism continues to increase in Missouri.  Governor Jay Nixon stopped at Silver Dollar City to announce that during Fiscal Year 2016, there were 41.7 million visitors in the state--a 3.2 percent increase from the 40.4 million visitors in the previous fiscal year.  Those statistics are from the FY16 annual impact report by Tourism Economics, a division of Oxford Economics.

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!”