February 2009

23 Feb

Feb 23, 2009 at 09:29 am

It was quite the weekend! And if you missed this year’s Mardi Gras event in Deadwood, you owe it to yourself to make plans NOW for 2010!!!
The Chamber crew was swamped all weekend with the events, and now we are cleaning up and finishing paperwork for the event. But here’s a re-cap, in stats, of the weekend festivities:
Number of floats entered in Saturday night’s parade: 34
Beads thrown during Saturday night’s parade of lights: More than 100,000
Beads thrown personally by ME: At least 5,000
Number of Aleve I needed due to a sore arm from throwing beads on to balconies and at upper level windows: 3
Overall prize money offered to Mardi Gras contests: Over $3,000
Estimated number of people viewing Saturday’s parade: 15,000
Temperature of Friday night’s people’s parade: 15 degrees
Cajun Cook-off locations: 9
Number of cakes entered in the first annual cake decorating contest: 12
Number of my friends that stayed in my Deadwood home for the weekend: 2
Number, of friends below, that became ill likely due to over-indulgence of aforementioned Cajun cook-off: 1
Number of Rolaids said friend wanted in the morning: 2
Number of Rolaids I gave to said friend: 8
Hours said friend had to drive home, laying down in the back seat of the car: 3.5 hours

And as for the winners of events:
Cajun Cook-Off
First place: Four Aces
Second place: Gold Dust
Third Place: Bourbon Street and Tin Lizzie.

Mardi Gras Cake Contest
In the amateur division:
Best Presentation: Jessie, Rachael and Miracle Hanna
Best Theme: TIE: Jessie, Rachael and Miracle Hanna and Tara Hanson
Originality: Jessie, Rachael and Miracle Hanna
Honorable Mention:
Presentation: Lisa Lolnewstay-Newmiller
Theme: Lisa Lolnewstay-Newmiller
Originality: Christine Broghammer
Professional Division:
Overall Winner: Victoria Schlesselman

Mardi Gras Parade:
Mayor’s Choice: Gold Dust and Four Aces
Best Overall: Saloon #10
Best Mardi Gras Theme: Deadwood Gulch
Best Lights: Lead Chamber of Commerce
Best Business Float: Tin Lizzie
Community Spirit: Deadwood Trolley

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success!
Next up, St. Patrick’s Day!


17 Feb

Feb 17, 2009 at 01:11 pm

Some openings have just hit — there’s still time!
The properties below have rooms available for Friday AND Saturday night:
Best Western Hickok House
Cedar Wood Inn
Comfort Inn
Deadwood Gulch Resort
Hampton Inn
In Lead:
Golden Hills
Palace Express
We are pretty busy here in Deadwood gearing up for an excellent weekend (both entertainment and weather-wise!) so make plans now!

10 Feb

Feb 10, 2009 at 04:03 pm

Warm weather and motorcycles. HA! Mother Nature was playing bit of a trick on us. While the rain yesterday lulled us into an even more sense of spring, the 6 new inches of snow put us back in our place! Yep, more snow in Deadwood — but thankfully it’s early in the week, meaning Deadwood fans and winter recreationalists will have no worries about getting up here on the weekend.
The staff here in Deadwood is busy with Mardi Gras planning. The parade of lights on Saturday, Feb. 21 is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever. We even had to buy more beads to throw to the crowd! Yep, it’s going to one heckuva weekend up here in Deadwood. Make plans and join us!
Have a great week all, and until next time…

05 Feb

Feb 05, 2009 at 09:37 am

It’s hard to believe I know, but it actually feels like spring this week in Deadwood. I’m not sure what the groundhog from Pennsylvania was looking at, because it sure is nice in these parts. (Yes, I realize the season is likely to change back to actual winter, but we are surely enjoying this while it lasts!)

Some motorcycles are shaking off some dust and making the trek through Boulder Canyon and down Main Street in Deadwood, and avoiding most of the puddles of course. After all, it takes some time to melt 120 inches of snow! But I can actually see the grass on the Boulder Canyon golf course. While in Rapid City yesterday for the Stock Show, there’s very little snow to be seen. I was in Rapid to work the popular Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, which is a 10-day event that attracts thousands upon thousands of people, and watched the timeless Sawyer Brown perform. I’ve seen the group a handful of times, and each time they impress me more and more. They’ve been touring for over 25 years, and they have the same enthusiasm they did the first time I saw them. Before last night, I saw them a few years back during Deadwood’s Wild Bill Days. They are definitely a crowd favorite.

And as far as poker, well, there’s a traditional tournament held annually on Super Bowl Sunday at the Silverado. And what can I say, they have good food and a grand bar area. And while I didn’t have a favorite team to root for come Sunday evening, it was a great game to watch.

Hope everyone is doing well! And don’t forget about MARDI GRAS! It’s shaping up to be quite the weekend…

Until next time,