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Branson Talk / Re: Missouri Mountain Moonshine?
« on: April 17, 2016, 08:24:46 PM »
FYI...It is made in Colorado... apparently they'll be moving bottling to outside Branson next year...Not sure if this is a one off type of shop or if it is a chain...

Yes Gilligan, the bins and utensils are sprayed and wiped down after each new flavor is completed. Having worked in food as a manager, and having a nut intolerance/ migraine trigger, I know what a small amount can do to someone. I know it will never completely get rid of all cross contamination (like on a list that says "produced in a facility that..."), But it is a step in the direction to allow the Gluten Intolerant enjoy the plain Pork Rinds. I am one that if what I want to eat is near something I cannot have... I avoid it, but in this case all attempts are made to not cross contaminate. I do not speak on behalf of the park or any other entity, so please do not hold me, or SDC to the issue, but I am glad what I shared is a possibility for you!

Wow! that's all I can say about the experience! A beautiful day, over 24,000 people in the park, getting to wear an SDC nametag and costume and work making memories worth repeating.

We arrived at 1:00pm, and after parking in A-West, we went to a meeting with HR to collect tax papers, contracts, etc. and to go over the Mission Vision Values of the park. We then went on to costume and were all outfitted in the duds necessary to work in the park (a flannel, a jean jacket, and a cap). And then we were whisked off by 2:00 to our stations for the day.

I was placed at Flossie's Fried Fancies, and was the Pork Rind seasoner and bagger for the day. It was a great spot. I was able to see the city from my vantage point, and had fresh air moving through the area. I was never greasy, or inundated with smoke/ grease etc. I simply bagged, packed, and restocked the pork rinds, and when changing flavors, I wold sanitize the bins.

Dave, the gentleman I worked with was gracious, knowledgeable, and easy going. He would talk to guests, demonstrate the craft to a guest as if it was the first time he told the story, even though it was the 50'th time the same question had been asked since I had been there. Sandy , the lead, was a great manager, and was in and out of almost every station helping when it was needed.

We wer slammed, and it was, according to them, one of the busiest days ever there. The only reprieve was when the parade came through, and this allowed us to get ahead of the rush that would take place immediately afterwards. I have never been a huge pork rind guy, but as any job, I respect the hard work that these men and women do to keep the guests coming back.

I was able to talk with guests, share my knowledge of the park with them if asked directions etc. and just small talk with them. It was truly mu bucket list item #1 to work there, and this sufficed, although it wasn't my ideal location, it was still an awesome experience.

Pork rinds! Come see me!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2015 Meet-Ups
« on: November 29, 2015, 09:33:49 PM »
HB, Old SDCer, Shave...I should be working on Sat 2-8 unless it changes this week! I'll have to let you know where I am at so you can come by. Not positive what entry level it'll be, bussing tables, etc. but hopefully I'll be able to see some of you all, and have somebody get a pic or two of me for my scrapbook.

We are awaiting paperwork, and final instructions/ details, but tentatively, the date for us to work at the park is this Saturday 12/5. Granted it is not my dream job at SDC (for anyone who doesn't know I am an artist and history teacher and lifelong SDC guest) it still is a step into being on the other side of the park.

More details hopefully to come!

Saturday 12/5 2-8 Location TBA!!!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Run to the Lights 5K
« on: November 15, 2015, 08:53:37 PM »
I have been going for several years, and could not this year due to a school Conflict.

Photoshop of reflections on the ground don't match the floats/ vehicles...also the photoshop job is obvious with the clone tool repeating the same reflection several times over.

It'll be on a Saturday in December if it goes through. We've had one change of dates already, but I am confident that we will make it all work out.

We have a tentative date in early December!!! It may be cold, but I am in!

I've been a stranger here over the past few months, but...

I wondered if anyone has ever volunteers as part of a mom-profit group to work at the park? It is an opportunity available for in food service where you will work alongside Silver Dollar City employees serving and plating food, cleaning, and bussing tables.
Recently I looked into the program for our school group and this weekend received the dates on which the park is using volunteers in positions. Hopefully we will be able to make it all work, with a small group, and the times are during the holiday season, so volunteers were at a minimum for us, but I hope to do this to both help raise money for our school group, but also to be a bigger part of the SDC for, if only a day. The $8 hr money goes directly to our organization.

As a 34+ year / lifelong guest of the park, the "expert" for the roller coaster show last year, and a former art/ now a history teacher, I have always wanted to work at SDC for at least a day. Granted I know more than many that work at the park about the history of the area, and formation of the park, it is not above me to make someone's experience better through fulfilling their basic needs while at the park. I will take whatever I can get! Though this is not the only time I plan on ever working at the park, this is enough to check it off of my bucket list for "working" at SDC that has been a goal for me since I was a child (I have sat and made baskets that were sold while the Basketmaker Bob warmed his hands on a cold day, been an honorary Brown's candy maker for a day, been in several street performances...but nothing that allowed me to wear an SDC nametag!)

If we are accepted, and all is a go, I'll be sire to let you guys know to come and see me and put me to work!

Random Talk / Re: Another Ducks Mishap, with reported Deaths,,
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:13:26 PM »
Same logo, boat etc. I was thrown off by the statement I found on is from the Seattle Ducks site

Ride the Ducks of Seattle is locally-owned and operated and we’ve built our business by caring about our guests, their experience and the Seattle community. We love Seattle. We have been voted Best City Tour by King 5’s Evening Magazine for the past eight years and are consistently recognized as one of Seattle’s top attractions. In 2014, we began our Random Ducks of Kindness campaign and have a blast paying it forward to our community and local organizations. Each year, we also donate more than $10,000 in tickets to non-profit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are committed to continuing to foster our mutually-beneficial relationships with the neighborhoods, communities and our partners throughout Seattle. Tourism is one of Washington State’s largest industries and we’re proud to be a part of it.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of our partners, fans and, most of all, our employees for making us the success that we are today.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle is independently owned and operated.

Random Talk / Re: Another Ducks Mishap, with reported Deaths,,
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:59:31 PM »
Though it is not on their site, they at one time owned it, and the logo etc. is the same....

HFEC announced the purchase of Ride The Ducks, a Branson-based amphibious vehicle attraction that also operates in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Stone Mountain Park.
HFEC declined to reveal the cost for either acquisition. - See more at: ]]HFEC announced the purchase of Ride The Ducks, a Branson-based amphibious vehicle attraction that also operates in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Stone Mountain Park.
HFEC declined to reveal the cost for either acquisition. - See more at:

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: SDC Home Movies 1960's
« on: April 10, 2015, 11:13:03 AM »
Sure HB! I was asked a few times by awnry students, and I got a few "HEY ITS THE SUPERFAN" while at the park...but thats about it.

If by autographs you mean changing diapers for my 3 month old, and taking care of my daughter all the while still moving into a new house and coaching and holding down the teaching job...then yah!

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