Community event draws more than 3,000 spectators to Midwest golf resort

Hollister Missouri (October 23, 2011) ­­­___Looking to draw attention to it’s golf community, organizers of the inaugural Balloons over Branson Creek never imagined the huge turnout that would result from the two-day fall event in southwest Missouri.

“We had no idea it would be this successful,” said Bryan Woodward. “We had a superb event staff that really pulled this event together in a short amount of time. Our event director, marketing staff and event staff did an outstanding job. I am proud of their efforts.”

That teamwork drew more than 3,000 spectators to Branson Creek, an award-winning golf real estate development in Southwest Missouri. Another 600 people attended the VIP event Friday evening. Participants were treated to an evening balloon glow and tethered balloon rides.

The two-day event featured 13-hot air balloons, skydiving groups, ultra-light aircraft and helicopter rides. Live entertainment was featured throughout the weekend. Numerous celebrities were on hand including Miss Missouri, Lee Greenwood and Clay Cooper; each of which participated in Saturday’s balloon competition.

“We had cars entering the golf community at 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning to come watch the balloon competition and morning glow,” Woodward said. “It was really an unbelievable sight.”

“The best part was Saturday evening. Woodward added. “We had thousands of people gathered together to watch the balloon glow and the entire audience would count down to watch the balloons illuminate at the same time.”

The event, which featured numerous local and regional sponsors, was held below the Murder Rock Club House, a perfect venue to watch the illumination of the balloons.

Organizers plan to make the event an annual celebration and hope to build on the first-year turnout.

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