August 2007

14 Aug

Aug 14, 2007 at 06:17 am

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… 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.

06 Aug

Aug 06, 2007 at 08:27 am

Well it’s here! The Sturgis Rally and Races is now in full swing and the roar of motorcycles is a constant for 10 straight days. This really is one of my favorite times of the year because anything goes and it’s all ok because, hey, it’s the rally!

The City of Deadwood allows bikes to park on historic Main Street from 10am to 2am each day and one of the coolest sights you’ll ever see is thousands of motorcycles lined up along the same street where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane once walked. Check out our webcam for a view of Main Street.

I’ll make my pilgramige to Sturgis later this week, just to walk the streets and people watch. Not that you can’t see everything you need right here in Deadwood, but you have to say you made the trip every year….plus it’s only 12 miles down the road.

You will see some unusual things. There are many beautiful people walking around and many who should probably look in a mirror prior to leaving the house. But it’s the unusual that makes the rally special. People don’t care what they look like and many times it’s the people who don’t care that make it the most fun. I truly didn’t know a man could wear a large walnut as the front of a thong….but apparently it’s true.

We will have a week’s rest after the rally and then it’s Kool Deadwood Nites. Another one of my favorite events. We’ll have over 600 classic cars for one of the largest car shows in the state along with two nights of free concerts right on Main Street. This year’s bands include The Association, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland and the Secret Agent Man himself, Johnny Rivers.

What makes this event so much fun is that it may be a “classic car” show but it really is for everyone. Who doesn’t love looking at beautiful classic cars while listening to some of the best music ever made. 10,000 people will line Main Street to sing along to hits like “Along Comes Mary”, “Cherish”, “Secret Agent Man”, “Sea Cruise” and so many more.
Check out our event page for an application to the car show or for more information.

Until next time, we hope to see you in Historic Deadwood.