Many of us here in South Dakota just returned from the South Dakota Office of Tourism’s annual conference, and we’re ready for 2010 even more!
Here in Deadwood, the return was greeted with a little snow, but for winter recreationists, the snow was needed – trails were getting a little bare. But now we should be set!
And MARDI GRAS is fast approaching too. We are gearing up for this wildly entertaining event – and we’re still looking for parade entries, so let us know!
Have a great week all,
It’s almost Mardi Gras time in Deadwood!!! This year’s event is Feb. 5-6, 2010, and registration is now open for the parades, Cajun cook-off and the Mardi Gras Cake Decorating Contest. Info on each event is below. Events are free to enter and open to everyone. Thinking about entering? Go for it!!!
A schedule of Mardi Gras 2010 events can be found at http://www.deadwood.org/DeadwoodEvents/MardiGras/ .
Mardi Gras parades will be held Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6. Participation is open to everyone, itâ€™s free and anything goes, so long as your float, vehicle, wagon, bike, or whatever you decide to decorate, is lit. The Saturday, Feb. 6 evening parade draws nearly 15,000 spectators annually, and itâ€™s a great opportunity to showcase your business, or your individuality. The Peopleâ€™s Parade, which is held on Friday night, Feb. 5, is also open to anything, where floats for Saturday night are welcome, as are people simply walking down Deadwoodâ€™s Main Street.
Line-up for each nightâ€™s parade begin at 6:15 p.m. in the lower Main Street parking lot in Deadwood, 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 email@example.com.
Think you got the touch for Cajun cuisine? Register your property for the 2010 Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-Off! Open to all businesses and restaurants/executive chefs Deadwood-wide, this yearâ€™s cook-off will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Deadwood Chamber will provide each participating business with a box for small donations. All donations will go to a local charity.
Winners will be 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 judgeâ€™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 Megan Sarratt at the Deadwood Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest:
Dazzle Deadwood with your cake decorating talent! The 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall.
Cakes need to be decorated to tie in to a Mardi Gras 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 â€“ amateur and professional. There will be 3 winners in each category â€“ 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.