Called "The best dinner show in Branson" by the AARP we felt that might be a bit of a stretch. While the show was fun (I’ll get to that in a minute), the dinner was poor. Guests had the choice of grilled rib eye steak or chicken breast served with fruit, potatoes, coleslaw, and dessert with unlimited soft drinks and iced tea. I should make my first editorial comment here about the menu. On their website they state that the meal would include soup, dinner roll, and fruit cobbler. While we weren’t necessarily wanting soup in the 90+ degree heat, the warm watermelon and cantaloupe wasn’t very refreshing either. There was no roll and instead of a fruit cobbler they served a rather skimpy strawberry shortcake. We had the steaks which were on the fatty side, even for a rib eye, and either severely overcooked or raw. All in all, the meal was a big disappointment.
The show starts shortly after they start serving dinner. The premise is that there are two "camps" or teams of lumberjacks competing in a variety of activities typical to men performing this job in the wilderness. The "Lone Pine Camp" was in competition with the home "Tall Timbers Camp" with two lumberjacks on each team. The show was emceed to explain each of the activities and the history behind each. He was informative and entertaining, adding to the show. Much of the antics were slapstick type humor, and was acceptable for young children.
Some of the competitions include axe throwing, log rolling and team sawing. There were also a couple of competitions that involved members from the audience, including axe throwing, which frankly surprised me. The children rolling logs on the ground seemed much safer!
The dinner and show started promptly at 5:30pm...and lasted 90 minutes. If you can make a request regarding where you’ll be seated, ask for the Lone Pine Camp area for two reasons. First, you will be seated out of the sun for a majority of the show. The Tall Timber seating area has full sun for the entire show with the sun setting directly in front of you. This was especially hot, plus it made for horrible photos. Speaking of photos, the second reason to sit in the Lone Pines’ Camp is that there is this really ugly netting hanging in front of the Tall Timbers’ Camp to prevent wood chips from flying into the seating area. This makes for very bad photos.
Regarding photos, I should also point out that while their website states that no photos are permitted during the show, they did allow them. Several people sitting around us complained that they didn’t bring in their cameras, figuring they wouldn’t be able to take any actions shots, based on the Tall Timbers Lumberjack Show website.
All and all, I would consider the Tall Timber Lumberjack Dinner Show to be about a six on a ten point scale with ten being outstanding.
681 Long Lonesome Road
Branson, MO 65616
PH: (866) 338-2957
Adults $35 + tax
Children (under age 15) $25 + tax
Note about purchasing tickets: If you buy your tickets from the website www.BransonShows.com you will pay more for your tickets! I was able to find tickets on eBay for $32 + tax from a local ticket broker, saving about $3.50 per ticket.