Shepherd of the Hills Presents Smokin’ Summer Kickoff BBQ Festival & Concert Series
Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills will be hosting their first ever Smokin’ Summer Kickoff BBQ Festival and Concert Series, featuring country singers, Chris Janson and RaeLynn, in partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The festival takes place at the historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, 2018.
The festival will be filled with live music, kids activities, a power sport show, a boat and RV show and, best of all, lots of fabulous food! And we’re not talking just any food folks, we’re talking BAR -- B -- Q...that’s right - tender, tantalizing, sweet and tangy palate-pleasing food from meat heaven! Festivalgoers can sample delectable barbecue delights and vote on their favorites from more than 50 professional barbecue teams participating in the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition. KC’s non-profit Society is the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts, boasting over 20,000 members worldwide. On Friday, folks will begin sampling from several categories of barbecued meats and place their votes; the People’s Choice winner of this competition will be named Saturday evening, and awarded a cash purse of more than $15,000. The awards ceremony takes place at 6:00 p.m., followed by a special presentation of the iconic Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, a production that’s a vital part of the area’s history, one that’s treasured by Branson locals and guests alike.
Barbecue tasting isn’t the only joy to be had at this cool festival, a big concert will take place on Friday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. - it’ll be headlined by hot country artists, Chris Janson and RaeLynn. Singer/songwriter, Janson, has enjoyed solid success as a singer - his hit “Buy Me a Boat” topped the Billboard charts, and garnered more than 80 million YouTube views. He’s also written or co-written songs for other big country artists, including Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., and Joe Nichols, and performed at the Republican National Convention. Fans of NBC’s The Voice will remember when they were introduced to RaeLynn; she was coached by Blake Shelton, and has since gone on to record a #1 album, “WildHorse.” She’s been on tour with Blake Shelton and with Miranda Lambert, and received several nominations, including New Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, and Breakthrough Video of the Year, by the CMT Music Awards.
In addition to all the great country music and tasty barbecue, the Smokin’ Summer Kickoff BBQ Festival will feature fireworks, carnival games, a kid’s zone with inflatables, a boat and RV show, as well as a power sports show. There will also be food vendors, and plenty of ice cold beer to accompany all that beautiful barbecue!
For more information on the Shepherd of the Hills’ Smokin’ Summer Kickoff BBQ Festival, or anything else happening in Branson for 2018, give one of our friendly vacation planning specialists a call at 877-688-3179.