Hollister, the source of the Ozark’s first major influx of tourism

Today Branson, Missouri is the tourism center of the Ozarks, but first there was Hollister. Hollister had an unremarkable beginning when Malinda Fortner and her son Jacob homesteaded some”virgin land” located on the floor of a valley along the banks of Turkey Creek in Taney County, Missouri in 1867. The Fortner Homestead consisting of Malinda’s…

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New Years Eve is just the beginning of fun in Branson for 2010

Branson is replete with things to do Christmas week and New Years Eve with a full slate of the fun and exciting activities and the live shows Branson is known for. Paul Miller, General Manager, Branson Tourism Center points out “Whether it’s shopping, shows, attractions, fishing, or anyone of a myriad of other activities Branson…

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Santa Claus and reindeer visit children in the Branson Area

Just like about seven million visitors a year, it looks like Santa Claus likes to visit Branson. Paul Miller, General Manager for Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of Branson show and attraction tickets and lodging said, “What better place for Santa to come than…

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Grape Stomp at Hollister Grape and Fall Festival

The 11th Annual Hollister Grape and Fall Festival, presented by the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hollister, will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 10 am to 6 pm on Downing Street in Historic Downtown Hollister. The Grape and Fall Festival features great food, crafts, children’s activities, live music and…

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36th Annual Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Historic Downtown Branson

The streets of Historic Downtown Branson will be filled with crafters, artists, and food vendors September 17-20 for the 36th Annual Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival. Applicants are screened by a committee to ensure that products are hand-made and exhibited by the person who made them and to guarantee a wide array of original…

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The Hollister Police Department Cracks Down on Impaired Drivers

You Drink & Drive. You Lose. The Hollister Police Department recently focused extra enforcement efforts on impaired driving laws July 3-5. During the effort, law enforcement officers issued a total of 21 citations that includes 3 speeding tickets, 1 driving while intoxicated, 5 safety belt and 1 child restraint violation. “Driving while under the influence…

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Hollister continues 56 year tradition of 4th of July Fireworks

On July 4th, 2009 area residents, visiting families, and Branson area  tourists will witness the oldest fireworks display in Taney County.  The City of Hollister celebrates its 56th year of spectacular firework shows.  This 4th of July Show has become an annual tradition, with many families and visitors to the City of Hollister and the…

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