Well another rally is here and gone and as always it was an enormous amount of fun. Everyone says the numbers are down but whether it’s 500,000 or 300,000 people in a small area it’s really, really busy.

It seems like this year I read a lot more “letters to the editor” complaining about the rally, the people and the noise. I understand where they’re coming from to a point, we all get “displaced” a little, but at the same time anyone that has lived or moved here know the rally is coming…..it has been for over 65 years. I wish everyone would just embrace the rally for what it is. Hundreds of thousands of people coming to enjoy our beautiful Black Hills. Let’s be gracious hosts and welcome them back again and again. Plus, they do add just a little bit of $$$ to our tax base.

Well from one rally to another. Next week is probably my favorite event, Kool Deadwood Nites. I think it’s my favorite because I’ve been a part of the event since its inception whether as a volunteer, event coordinator or director. It’s a celebration of the 50’s and 60’s with nearly 700 registered classic cars and two nights of free music with Johnny Rivers, Badfinger and the Association.

It’s funny because at this event you literally see people of all ages. The cars are cool and the music is fun and harmless. It’s just a great event. We’ve gone from about 12 cars registered and maybe 50 people in the crowd for our first concert to well over 10,000 people in attendance each day.

I was asked to be a car judge in the very first year and if anyone knows me, I need instructions to run a hammer let alone be qualified to judge someone’s pride and joy. Although I had a great time doing it, “ooooh pretty” doesn’t seem to be what the car owners really want to hear. So after year one I was delegated to much easier tasks like getting the band’s lunch etc.

Now that I’ve been a part of the event for the past 10 years, I can look back and truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into all the events we do here in Deadwood. I want to thank everyone who donates their time for someone elses good time.
Until next time. Keep your boots clean.