January 2009

27 Jan

Jan 27, 2009 at 08:48 am

It’s just about here — MARDI GRAS in DEADWOOD! The schedule of events has been set, and we are int he process of finding folks interested in participating in the Cajun Cook-Off, the parades and the first annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest. Information on these events is just below the schedule. Give us a call if you’d like more information — 1-800-999-1876; or email to visit@deadwood.org.


Thursday, February 19th
Mardi Gras Coronation Competition – Couples from around the area will compete to become this year’s King and Queen of Mardi Gras. A social will kick off the event beginning at 5 p.m. at Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort with the royalty competition beginning at 7 p.m. Winners will reign over Saturday’s Mardi Gras parade of lights. Free appetizers and beer sampling will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, February 20th
Open container will be allowed on Main Street from Four Aces to the Masonic Temple from 5pm till 10pm.

People’s Parade – This precursor to Saturday’s parade allows the public to participate with music, beads, floats, costume contest, dancing and more. The parade begins at 7 p.m. in the lower main parking lot and will work its way up Main Street. The parade will end in front of the Silverado Casino on upper Main Street. The public is encouraged to walk along the route and participate in all the fun. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume at the Silverado-Franklin, at the end of the parade route.

All the way from Denver, Colo., “Curley Taylor 7 & the Zydeco Trouble” will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort.

Saturday, February 21st
Open container will be allowed on Main Street from Four Aces to the Masonic Temple from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m.

Cajun Cook-Off – Deadwood’s annual Cajun Cook-Off takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at soon to be named locations. A public tasting will take place with small donations encouraged for a local charity.

1st Annual Mardi Gras Cake Decorating Contest – Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. Contact the Deadwood/Lead Arts Council at 584-1461 for more information.

Deadwood’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade – The annual parade will begin at 7 p.m., running up historic Main Street. Over 50,000 sets of beads will be thrown along the parade route.

“Curley Taylor 7 & the Zydeco Trouble” will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall.

Parade Entries! It’s time to sign up for the Mardi Gras parades! Participation is open to everyone, it’s free and anything goes, so long as your float, vehicle, wagon, bike, or whatever you decide to decorate, is lit. The Saturday evening parade draws nearly 15,000 spectators annually, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase your business, or your individuality. You are also welcome to participate in Friday’s parade, which is a people’s parade where floats for Saturday night are welcome, as are people simply walking down Deadwood’s Main Street.

Line-up for each night’s parade begin at 6:15 p.m., with the procession beginning at 7 p.m. The parades will finish by 8 p.m. each evening.

All entrants in the parade are eligible to win over $1,500 in prize money.

Enter today by calling the Chamber at 578-1876 or email event coordinator Sarah Anderson at sarah@deadwood.org

Cajun Cook-off! Think you got the touch for Cajun cuisine? Register your property for the 2009 Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-Off! Open to all businesses and restaurants/executive chefs Deadwood-wide, this year’s cook-off will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Chamber will provide each participating business with a box for small donations. All donations will go to the Deadwood Recreation Center for its summer programs.

However, the winners are determined by anonymous judges. These judges will taste all of the dishes and will judge the creations on a variety of factors, including authenticity, presentation and overall taste. The judge’s votes will determine the winners.

Businesses should plan to prepare a minimum of 400, one-ounce samples of each dish.

Call the Chamber at 578-1876 to register or email Sarah Anderson at sarah@deadwood.org

1st Annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest! Dazzle Deadwood with your cake decorating talent! The 1st Annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall.

Cakes need to be decorated to tie in to Mardi Gras 2009 theme; they must be homemade and must be edible and they must be in a disposable container. They are also asking that no ice cream cakes be entered.

All cakes need to be brought to the Lucky Nugget on Main Street in Deadwood between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The contest is open to everyone and participants will be divided into two categories – amateur and professional. There will be 3 winners in each category – Best presentation, best representation and most original. Winners will receive cash and ribbons.

To enter, contact Karen Everett at the Lead/Deadwood Arts Council at 584-1461. Deadline to enter is February 20th.

19 Jan

Jan 19, 2009 at 10:51 am

It seems like just yesterday when a large tree fell on my U-Haul trailer. And now, here we are in 2009 — and almost an entire month into 2009.
This past weekend was a busy one in Deadwood, and I had family in town to take advantage of great temperatures and fun crowds. While the machines weren’t quite in my favor, it was great to see the community bustling in the middle of the winter. Temperatures topped out in the upper 40s, but the snowmobilers were out and about, and both Terry Peak and Mystic Miner Ski Resorts were hubs of activity. I can attest, this is truly the best snow the area has seen in at least a dozen years.
We are gearing up for Mardi Gras, Feb. 19-21, here in Deadwood. While we are quite a few miles from New Orleans, Deadwood does a darn good job in transforming into a Mardi Gras celebration. Two parades, a cook-off, music, and I’ve even heard rumblings of a cake bake-off is in the works — if you haven’t seen Deadwood during Mardi Gras, you owe it to yourself!
Back to work for me — talk to you soon.

16 Jan

Jan 16, 2009 at 03:21 pm

Skiers, snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts are seeing the best Black Hills snow conditions in more than a decade.
Thanks to a snowy November and a big blizzard in early December, along with regular snow showers in January, the Northern Black Hills are buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. The December blizzard alone dumped 46 inches on Deadwood.
The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, which measures snowpack in the Black Hills’ higher elevations each winter, found January snow depths not seen since 1996.
“It’s by far the best snow we’ve had in a dozen years. There’s four feet in the trees and a two- to three-foot base on the trails. It’s just unbelievable,” said Steve Olson, general manager of the Comfort Inn/Bodega in Deadwood and an avid snowmobiler.
Regular January snowfalls of 3 to 5 inches have kept the Black Hills’ 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in good shape, said Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trials Manager for the South Dakota Department of Game Fish & Parks.
“We’ve had lots of blowing and drifting, which keep the trails covered with fresh snow, and new accumulations,” Percy said. In fact, the biggest challenge for his grooming crews has been to keep up with the snowfall.
The Black Hills’ downhill ski area areas also report good snow conditions. Terry Peak Ski Area west of Deadwood has a base of 20 to 28 inches, and all of its ski runs are open, according to its Web site. Terry Peak has seen 111 inches of snowfall since Nov. 1. The nearby Mystic Miner Ski Resort at Deer Mountain reports up to 36 inches of snow on its trails.
The winter snowpack also bodes well for next summer’s fishing, boating and water sports. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports that Deerfield Reservoir is 93 percent full, Pactola Reservoir is 92 percent full and Orman Dam is 75 percent full. By spring, officials predict, all three should be at 100 percent.

05 Jan

Jan 05, 2009 at 11:19 am

Deadwood Honored as a Top True Western Town

DEADWOOD, S.D. (1/7/09) – The city of Deadwood was named No. 6 among True West magazine’s Top Ten True Western Towns in the magazine’s January-February issue.

The Arizona-based publication, with readers all over the western United States, honored Deadwood for its success at preserving its past and helping other Western cities to recognize their own Western heritage.

“Deadwood, S.D., does it right when it comes to historic preservation, tourism and revenue-raising,” True West’s editors wrote in a press release. “It all comes back to gambling, which played a big role in the town’s infancy — and continues to do so today.”

Despite a population of less than 1,300, Deadwood will have more than $7 million to pump into historic preservation this year, the magazine’s editors noted. That’s thanks to revenue from the 1.5 million people a year who try their luck in Deadwood’s gaming halls.

“Deadwood is unique in so many ways—including its dedication to historic preservation,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “Just as important, the local folks share what they’ve learned with their counterparts from around the country. Deadwood’s work deserves all the recognition and honors it can get.”

“When a magazine devoted to preserving America’s Western heritage honors Deadwood in this way, it means a lot,” said George Milos, President of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. “Over the last 20 years, this city has done so much to restore our historic architecture and honor the people who built Deadwood. This kind of recognition is very gratifying.”

True West noted that in the spring of 2008, Deadwood hosted the sixth annual Deadwood Historic Preservation Symposium. Experts from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service and the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office were among the presenters.

And last summer, hundreds of Western horsemen and history buffs came by wagon to Deadwood, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the last overland wagon run to the Black Hills. The event coincided with a large firearms and Western memorabilia auction, which helped raise funds for the Days of ’76 Museum’s $6 million museum construction project.

“It is a pleasure that the city of Deadwood has been recognized for its outstanding efforts to preserve, promote and protect our rich and unique Western heritage,” said Kevin Kuchenbecker, Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Officer. He noted that Deadwood has been among True West’s Top 10 True Western Towns for at least three years in a row. “To be consistently in the top 10 is an honor,” he said.

True West editors determine winners for this annual award based on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotion of historic resources. The feature includes Towns to Watch for their good works in historic preservation and several legendary locales that folks should know.

Cheyenne, Wyo., was the top Western town for 2009. Past recipients were San Diego, Calif. , in 2008, Helper, Utah, in 2007 and Sheridan, Wyo., in 2006.

True West magazine is in its 56th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit http://www.twmag.com or call 888-687-1881.

05 Jan

Jan 05, 2009 at 10:39 am

With the hustle and bustle of the 2008 holiday season now at a close, we are all looking forward to a 2009 filled with excitement here in Deadwood.
The cold snap seems to have broken, and the snow hounds are in heaven. While the next big event in Deadwood is Mardi Gras (February 19-21), there’s always something happening in this northern Black Hills town. Skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking and even biking (yep, I saw a mountain biker hitting a trail yesterday) are all happening. Both Deer Mountain and Terry Peak ski areas are 100 percent open and the snow is prime for skiing. The hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails in and around Deadwood are being groomed a couple times a week, and that’s in great shape as well. It’s definitely a year for snow lovers! Even those who prefer to bike year-round.
Back to Mardi Gras — we may be a few miles away from New Orleans, but the celebration in Deadwood isn’t one to miss. The town fills up for the weekend, so make plans now!
Yep, 2009 is shifting into high gear!
Have a great week all,