Jan 09, 2012 at 12:04 pm
It’s the first annual, Largest Tailgate Party in South Dakota! The weekend’s festivities include a banquet on Saturday, Feb. 4, and many events taking place on Sunday, Feb. 5. Here’s a schedule of events. All event proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Saturday, Feb. 4:
6 p.m.: Welcome cocktail reception, Olympic Ballroom, Martin-Mason Hotel
7 p.m.: Welcome Banquet, Olympic Ballroom, Martin-Mason Hotel. Special guests include Deadwood Mayor Francis Toscana, Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and special guest, former NFL star John Dutton. Banquet tickets are $25.
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012
Ongoing: Best Dressed Fan Contest – Main Street
Show your wacky team spirit by dressing the part. Best dressed fan to receive a special prize. Free entry
Ongoing: Ultimate Tailgate Package Raffle – Main Street
Buy a chance for a Bud portable grill, a Bud LIght 40-qt cooler, a Bud Light mini-fridge and 5 cases of Bud Light NFL Aluminum bottles. The Deadwood Cowboy Cheerleaders will sell chances for $5.
Noon: 24-foot television display unveiled on Main Street.
Experience the biggest TV in South Dakota! Free
Noon: Open Container begins on Main Street
Please remember “beer only” in the official Deadwood cups on the street.
Noon: Bratwurst stands open – Locations TBA
What’s a tailgate party without a brat? Freshly grilled brats for $3.
1 p.m.: Opening, “kick-off” Ceremony, Main Street Stage
Help Deadwood Mayor Francis Toscana, Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker, S.D. Governor Dennis Daugaard and special guest John Dutton and the Deadwood Cowboy Cheerleaders kick off the event. Free.
1:15 p.m.: Chili Cook-off begins at locations TBD
Purchase a tasting bowl for $5 at any of the locations, and taste all of the chili offerings and vote for your favorite.
1:30 p.m.: Football Toss Contest, Buffalo Stockade
Show your skill in hitting the moving target with a football. 3 balls for $5; winner to receive John Dutton autographed prize!
1:30 p.m.: John Dutton Autograph Session, Location TBD
Bring your memorabilia, and former Rapid City, Nebraska and NFL star John Dutton will autograph it for $10.
3:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony, Main Street Stage
Winners of the Best Dressed Fan, Chili Cook-off, Football Toss and Ultimate Tailgate Raffle are announced.