It really is the best rodeo, no bull!!!

The Days of ’76, one of the Black Hills’ premiere special events for more than eight decades, has once again taken the award for Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year at rodeo’s version of the Academy Awards in Las Vegas.

Year in and year out, the Days of ’76 has been 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.

The rodeo has won this award nine times in the past 10 years, an obvious indication of how special the rodeo is. Days of ’76 Committee Chairman Greg Nelson gives special credit to the the committee and many volunteers who put in countless hours to ensure the success of the event. “The great thing about this group is that the committee takes pride in getting out there and doing the work required to stage a premiere rodeo. When the contestants are competing and see the committee members out there getting dirty, they appreciate that,” he says.

“This is a very prestigious National award and Deadwood should be very proud of their rodeo,” added Nelson. “There are more than 750 PRCA rodeos each year and to be singled out as one of the best is truly an accomplishment.”

Nelson noted that coordinating an event of this scale is a year ‘round project. A 20-person board of directors, supplemented by various subcommittees and countless volunteers, makes this one of Deadwood’s largest annual events, he said. Nelson went on to express the importance of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission dedicating funds to restore the grounds and City of Deadwood employees for their hard work during the event.

This year’s Days of ’76 events will be July 21-25. For more information on the Days of ’76, call 1-800-999-1876 or go on-line at For tickets and lodging packages, call 1-888-833-2855 or go on-line at

And just when you think you’ve seen a rodeo, along comes the Days of ’76! Make plans to attend in 2009!

Until next time,