Having enjoyed being here last year for the Xmas side of the park, we came early enough to enjoy the autumn Harvest version on this visit. We were truly glad we did.
It was a pleasant surprise seeing how much more craft emphasis there was in the fall. We came on the Monday and Tuesday before the Park closed for its winter transformation. We were told that the prior weekend had the largest attendance since Covid; but on our days, the crowds were quite light...for which we were thankful. This allowed us to have some leisurely conversations with craftsman and staff.
Barry Brown the pumpkin carver, Rocky in the knife shop, the author of Cherokee historic crime novels, the artist who painted with wax, musical siblings, etc.; it was a pleasurable and enlightening couple of days.
Being that autumn is our favorite season, the decorations, both day and night, were wonderful to view. The pumpkin creations were whimsical and grand.
And, of course, there is the music: Horsecreek, Homestead Pickers, Lindley Creek, Emalee Flatness and Dawson Hollow (who we enjoyed for 3 sessions).
All of this made for quite the Harvest bonanza.
We did come back after the park transformed, and were again amazed by the splendor of the Xmas decorations/lighting; as well as our favorite SDC musical offering..the Christmas Carol (last year we saw it on all three of our visits to the park). Unfortunately, we had to cut our time in Branson short on this visit, and only came the one last time; but it was truly a joy being able to compare the the two versions of the park next to each other.