November 28, 2023

You have a chance to buy some of the memorabilia that made up Celebration City, a 20th century theme park that operated in Branson.

The upcoming auction, held by Essick Auction and Realty along with Three Creeks Auction, will be June 2, 3 and 4 starting at 9 a.m. at the old Celebration City location, 1383 MO-376 in Branson. The public auction will include warehouse storage from Silver Dollar City.

There are thousands of items up for auction, including antique vehicles; large neon signage; Route 66 memorabilia; antiques; furniture; as well as theme park, theatre and show pieces and more.

A public warehouse liquidation auction is planned for June 2, 3 and 4 starting at 9 a.m. at the old Celebration City location, 1383 MO-376 in Branson.

There will be a $10 gate admission for the weekend charged to those 18 years and older. Concessions and restrooms will be available on the grounds.

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The first park on the site near the intersection of Highway 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway had a short life; Branson USA opened in 1999 and closed in 2001, per News-Leader archives. The next year, however, Herschend Family Entertainment — which owns nearby amusement park Silver Dollar City, as well as a host of other entertainment properties — purchased the property and redid the park completely for a 2003 opening. The theme of Celebration City was America in the 20th century; portions of the park were inspired by the 1950s, an old-time boardwalk and Hollywood filmmaking.

Celebration City ended its 2008 season without reopening the following year. The theme park has been closed ever since. Woodland Hills, a nondenominational evangelical church, began holding services in part of the park starting around 2004. Setting up to worship and breaking down afterward came with a deadline: Services had to wrap up before Celebration City came alive in the evening and the space was needed for shows.

Crews clean up what remains of the Ozark Wildcat rollercoaster that once stood in front of the Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson.

A church member recorded the demolition of the Ozark Wildcat, a wooden roller coaster, in 2015. According to its website, the church appears to still be located at the former theme park site.

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For more information about the auction, call 417-693-3178 or 417-839-9979 or email J[email protected] or [email protected]


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