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BransonFest Coming To Mesquite In February

BransonFest Out West is coming to Mesquite, Nev. The  event runs Feb. 3-5 at the Casablanca Resort and Casino.

BransonFest features live music and entertainment from Branson, Mo., Las Vegas and elsewhere, according to the event’s website. This is BransonFest’s fifth year in Mesquite.

Sue Arko, owner of Free Spirit Vacations and Events and the event producer for BransonFest, said she was approached by the city of Mesquite to draw some mid-week business to the town.

"I said, 'Branson slows down in February,'" Arko said. "'Why not bring some of the entertainers out here and do a four-day festival, because your demographic will be those that can travel mid-week?'"

Performers include Branson comedian Harley Worthit and bands like The Folk Connection, a cappella group The Alley Cats and some Elvis impersonators.

Arko said the event is an up-close and personal experience.

"The entertainers are there to great them (guests) when they walk in, and they get their pictures taken," she said. "It's just a feel-good event where there's something going on from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and they just have a good time all day long."

Mesquite is a 45-minute to one hour drive from St. George and a five to seven hour drive from the Wasatch Front and northern Utah.

Travel packages for BransonFest Out West are available at Free Spirit Vacations and Events. For more information on entertainment, travel and lodging, visit the BransonFest website.