On the weekend of April 30 to May 2, More than 40,000 people flocked to the city of Branson, Missouri, to help Silver Dollar City celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Numerous public figures visited the 1880s-themed park, and the birthday celebrations featured appearances by US Congressman Roy Blunt and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The event included performances by the Haygoods, the Lennon Sisters and country music star Louise Mandrell.

"Silver Dollar City has made such an incredible difference to southwest Missouri and the millions of people who come here each year," Blunt said in addressing the crowd.