I was thinking the other day about when my parents would take us a couple of times to Silver Dollar City when we were young. We would get there bright and early in the morning after stopping for breakfast near the entrance of the park or even at Shepherd of the Hills which was near to Branson. Wow, they had great breakfast food items there.

I was thinking the other day about when my parents would take us a couple of times to Silver Dollar City when we were young. We would get there bright and early in the morning after stopping for breakfast near the entrance of the park or even at Shepherd of the Hills which was near to Branson. Wow, they had great breakfast food items there.

Anyways, at SDC, it would be a four or five hour time there. There were not a lot of rides back then, mainly the train, the Flooded Mine, Fire in the Hole, and the treehouse. Mom and my grandmother - whom we called Nanny - would go around to the different shops, while Dad would take Greg and I to the playground or even ride a couple of the rides. I remember on the playground, there were rope bridges, a ball pit where - it seemed like 10,000 balls were at and you could play hide and seek.

After being there for awhile, we would load up in the car and head to Branson for lunch and eventually back on the road to home.

Fast forward to now, Tina and I have season passes to SDC and enjoy going to not only ride the rides, but also look at the shops. We even enjoy talking to Kent Rollins who is a cowboy cook and sets up shop during the Cowboy festival - which is coming up. You might also know Rollins from TV, he appeared on a couple of cooking shows and even won some titles.

SDC is open for the remainder of the year (check out there website for times) and if you get a chance, take the family down there. You all will enjoy it.

 

 

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor at the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com or by calling 417-451-1520 x 20. He also writes a column for the newspaper.