BRANSON, Mo., April 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of firefighters from across the country are gathering this weekend in Branson, Missouri for the grand opening ceremonies of Silver Dollar City's Fireman's Landing. Today, uniformed firefighters led a parade through the streets of the 1880s theme park to Fireman's Landing, where the grand opening activities included a call to volunteerism with firefighters leading kids in the "Firefighter's Pledge" to serve.
Fireman's Landing is an $8 million new area with 10 family adventures, modeled after a community fair of a century ago and showcasing mock training activities of volunteer firefighters. The storyline creates the atmosphere of the rides serving as "training" adventures for recruits for the Silver Dollar City Fire Brigade.
Philip Stittleburg, Chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council, told the crowd of park guests and firefighters that three out of every four firefighters in the United States today are volunteers. "One of the great things about this area is that it makes people aware that there is an opportunity to serve as a volunteer firefighter," Stittleburg said. "It encourages kids to participate in this incredible tradition and carry it forward."
Silver Dollar City, currently presenting the international festival World-Fest, features seven world-class festivals and events, craftsmen, rides, music and entertainment. The park has been internationally awarded for excellence, including the worldwide Applause Award and the THEA Award (Themed Entertainment Association). www.silverdollarcity.com.
Silver Dollar City is the original property of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned theme park corporation in America.
SOURCE Silver Dollar City Inc.