Deadwood’s Days of ’76 was once again named a Rodeo of the Year by the PRCA – the 7th consecutive year! This also marks 11 times overall the Days has been awarded. Thank you PRCA! Here’s the story:

– (DEADWOOD 12/2/2010) It’s seven times lucky for Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Rodeo. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has named the event the Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year for 2010 – the seventh consecutive year. The Days of ’76 was named the winner Wednesday night during a ceremony at the PRCA National Convention in Las Vegas.

2011 will mark the 89th annual Days of ’76 Rodeo and Parades in historic Deadwood. The event was also named Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year for four consecutive years before being moved to the medium category. Days of ’76 organizers attribute the continued success of the event and it’s 11 PRCA honors to many factors, including event history, purse, community and regional support, and the volunteers who make the event possible.

“Deadwood has a rich history, and when the Days of ’76 became a part of the Deadwood story nearly 90 years ago, so began a new tradition in this small gulch town in the northern Black Hills,” said Tim Conrad, 2010 Days of ’76 committee chairman. “It’s an honor to continue that tradition, and it’s only fitting that the event draws rave reviews from its contestants, spectators, community and, of course, the PRCA.”

The Days of ’76 was up against rodeos in Abilene, Kan., Lufkin, Texas, Ogden, Utah and Phillipsburg, Kan. for the 2010 Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year honors. PRCA contestants vote for the winning rodeo. Conrad said the committee was proud to be mentioned next to these high-caliber rodeos, and being crowned the winner was truly an honor.

The Days of 76 is considered a favorite among the bull riders, calf ropers, saddle bronc riders, barrel racers and others who compete in this Black Hills community for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. Equipped with a renovated rodeo arena, complete with rough-hewn timbers and a Ponderosa pine forest backdrop, the Days of 76 contestants also are immersed in an atmosphere that only Deadwood can offer.

“Contestants enjoy coming to Deadwood and being part of history,” Conrad said. “The atmosphere that surrounds Deadwood and the Days needs to be experienced first-hand, which is why we continue to draw the biggest names in the PRCA to compete in our event.”

The 2011 Days of ‘76 Rodeos and Parades will be held July 26-30, 2011. For ticket information, call 888-838-BULL or visit www.daysof76.com