Gary Wackerly
1946 -2019
Founder of the Branson Show Awards

18 Years and Counting

Established 2004

Recognizing the best of Branson

The Branson Show Awards is the creation of Gary R. Wackerly, a Branson enthusiast for over 30 years, who saw and reviewed virtually all the shows the Branson entertainment community offered in that time period. 


Mr. Wackerly came up with the Branson Show Awards in 2004 to fill a gap in a system other award organizations were using and still use today.  Other award systems allow fans and visitors to vote.  That means voters can see as little as one show and vote.  They can even vote for shows they have not seen!  It is also possible for fans or family members to vote numerous times for their favorites, tipping the scales unfairly.   


The Award Committee of the Branson Show Awards sees every show in town before making nominations in numerous categories.  This group of volunteers love Branson and the wholesome entertainment it has to offer.  They see every show, review it and then nominate the best in various categories for awards.  Committee members vote on the winners.  Nominees and winners are posted on the site. Branson Show Awards is usually held around late September of each year. 




Michael Wackerly                             

James Kast   

Benton Wackerly                                        

Board Members:

Michelle & Jimmie Folse

 Steve Marberry

Committee Members:

Rich Turcott 

Barb & Chuck Willkomm 

Cynthia/Al Leake




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To donate to the Branson Show Awards, please click on the link below: We are a 501c3 company and your donations are tax deductible. A tax receipt will be printed upon completion of your donation. will

Remember that your donations will be helping: 

1.  promote Branson Entertainers, Arts, and Live Music.
2.  Scholarships for area high schools in the fields of Music, Arts, and Mathematics 
3,  Supporting Veterans Programs