09 Dec

Dec 09, 2008 at 12:18 pm

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,

27 Oct

Oct 27, 2008 at 02:26 pm

There’s some true creativity on the streets of Deadwood this Halloween season!

Deadwood’s Deadweird brings out the Halloween spirit in revelers of all ages. And the 2008 event was no different. More than 300 participants in costume were judged, and hundreds more filled the Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall on Main Street in Deadwood to view the spectacle.

More than $5,000 in cash and prizes were handed out Oct. 25. The winners (click on each to see the pictures!):

First Place: Spider and the Fly; Desiree Glover, Spearfish, S.D.

Second Place: One Night Stand; Connie Rack, Casper, Wyo.
Third Place: Gorilla Holding Woman in Cage; Jamie Goodrich, Rapid City, S.D.
Scariest Costume: Peter Rottentail; Michael Dowding, Rapid City, S.D.
Best Group: Sweatin’ to the Oldies with Richard Simmons, a Minnesota group

23 Oct

Oct 23, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Add cash prizes, costumes and, of course, Deadwood, and what do you get? Deadweird!

Get ready folks for the costumes soon to be seen all around Deadwood. Saturday is the day, Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall the place – and some of the most creative costumes anywhere. From a woman giving birth to an old man, Oompa Loompas, a living tree to the cast of Wizard of Oz and much, much more, entertainment certainly won’t be lacking this Saturday!

Deadweird gives costume-clad revelers a reason to come in character as the Deadwood Chamber has made it very lucrative for contestants who enter. Prize money is a whopping $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third with consolation prizes including cash for best group, scariest and most creative costumes. The event is sponsored by Budweiser, the Deadwood Chamber and Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall.

The Lucky Nugget will be the location for Deadweird, and judging will be held there too. Costumes aren’t required to join in on the fun, so come on down, as you are if you like, to the Lucky Nugget. Festivities start at 6 p.m., with the awards ceremony to be held at 10 p.m. Dancing, door prizes and much, much more await.

For more information, call the Chamber at (605) 578-1876 and we’ll fill you in. And if you can’t make it, stay tuned for pictures to be posted next week on

14 Oct

Oct 14, 2008 at 01:01 pm

Welcome to my first entry into the Deadwood blog! I’m the new marketing director here in Deadwood, and I couldn’t be more excited. As you know, Deadwood is rich in history and culture, among other things, and it’s a great place to live, work and play. I look forward to sharing many more blogs with you!

OK, now down to the topic. This is a blog about the odds. The phrase “what are the odds” is pretty common in these parts. Now hear me out on this one. Saturday night, the Deadwood area received another couple of inches of snow – the heavy and wet kind. Roads weren’t icy and it was a great night to be in Deadwood. However, the weight of the snow on an old tree was a bit too much in one yard on upper Main Street, and this large tree did in fact fall early Sunday morning.

Now here’s where the odds come in. Of all cars parked on Main Street, it was my vehicle, with a moving trailer attached to it, which was parked underneath this tree. Yep, this big ‘ol tree came tumbling down, with its eyes on my car as a target.

The crack of the tree falling was enough to startle those inside the home, yet no one knew what had happened. One of Deadwood’s finest then knocked on the door, asking us to come and view the spectacle. This big tree had fallen between the back of my car and the trailer, landing perfectly between the two. The trailer did get a couple dings from the stray limbs, but my vehicle came out unscathed.

Odd odds. A tree and its branches landing perfectly between my car and a trailer. Talk about luck. And I’m hoping that luck stays with me here in Deadwood.

Today, though, the weather is starting to look more like fall, and the snow is starting to melt. With the last week’s flurry of snow, I’m sure the Black Hills skiers and snowboarders were busy waxing their skis and boards, and snowmobilers may have even started up their machines in anticipation.

See you soon, and remember, when the weather forecast says major snow in the Black Hills, don’t rule a Deadwood trip out. State crews are up to task at the drop of a hat, so keep an eye on road conditions.

Oh, and one more thing, Deadweird is Oct. 25. Cash and prizes to participants, so put on your thinking cap and come up with a costume. Deadwood’s Main Street takes on a new face… come see for yourself.

Until next time,


15 May

May 15, 2007 at 03:29 pm

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Let the blogging begin!

Hey everyone. I’d like to introduce myself. My name is George Milos; I am the Director of the Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau…the organization that hosts this web site. Before I get started on my blog I want to thank Dustin Floyd and the hard work he’s done with Dustin’s Deadwood Diary. He is a great guy, an excellent story teller and I thank him for letting us into his world every month.

Since I work at the chamber we figured it might be a good idea to have a blog from “inside” the organization to talk about all the things that are happening in and around Deadwood. I was born in Deadwood and graduated from Lead High School and like many young, wide-eyed people moved away in my 20’s but found my way back in just a few short years. If you ask anyone from the area, once you’ve lived in the Black Hills it’s impossible to not long for the mountains that surround you.

I started working for the Deadwood Chamber in 1998 answering phones but soon moved into the marketing department. I became the Event Coordinator in 2000 and held that position until 2004 when I became Director. Ok. Enough about me, let’s talk about some of the fun things happening in Deadwood in June.

The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon takes place June 2 & 3 and has become the largest event of its kind in South Dakota. Over 1,700 athletes will be running the gorgeous Mickelson Trail this year. It really is a great event with all kinds of people participating….and when I say all kinds I mean that. I remember three years ago watching a man about ½ mile from the finish line running while smoking a cigarette. Although there are many world class athletes, we still have room for the little known “smoker athlete. Only in Deadwood.

One of my favorite events of the year is Wild Bill Days over Father’s Day weekend. This event started out as Charlie Utter Days in celebration of the man that brought many of the prostitutes and cats to town back in 1876. How do you not celebrate someone who loves hookers and cats? Anyway, we changed the name to Wild Bill Days a few years ago (prior to the HBO series) because enough people didn’t know who the heck Charlie Utter was.

As event coordinator, my first Wild Bill Days was quite an experience. We had a man riding a buffalo up Main Street with no protection whatsoever, I got in a shouting match with a re-enactor and the headline musician (who I won’t name) demanded 80, 1,000 watt lights for a 2pm show. She walked out on stage and about 30 seconds into the first song stopped and asked if those hot lights could be turned off. Being employed at the chamber for 10 years and working on so many events, these are just a few of the many stories I have to tell…..and I will, in upcoming blogs. If you want more information on this year’s Wild Bill Days just click here……………………… go directly to our WB Days page.

Hope you enjoyed my first blog, I had fun writing it and I hope you all make it to Deadwood soon.


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