I can’t think of a better way to kick off your summer – Wild Bill Hickok Days, June 19-21!
What, with the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships, Wild West re-enactors, an Old West auction, world championship BBQ and two days of free concerts featuring country legends Ricochet and the legendary Glen Campbell this yearâ€™s Wild Bill Hickok Days is going to be one of the best: Hereâ€™s some more infoâ€¦ MAKE PLANS NOW! Rooms will fill fast!
“There is literally something for everyone at this year’s Wild Bill Hickok Days. We’ll have the top BBQ chefs, the top gunslingers and top performers converging on Historic Deadwood, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Sarah Anderson, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce event coordinator.
Wild Bill Hickok Days celebrates the life and death of Deadwood’s most famous character with entertainment even Wild Bill himself would enjoy. The event begins on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m. with the annual March of Dimes and First Gold Celebrity Shoot Out fundraiser at Ferguson Field, which is across from the First Gold Hotel complex.
Also on Friday, taste buds will be tantalized at Ferguson Field as the first annual Kansas City BBQ Society Cook-off begins. This event will feature some of the best BBQ masters in the area and from around the country as they compete for great deal of prize money and bragging rights. The Cook-off takes place Friday through Sunday.
Later in the evening on Friday, bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the first of two nights of free concerts featuring Brock Finn, Moulten Jess and country music sensation Ricochet as they perform on Deadwood’s Historic Main Street. Ricochet’s hits include “Blink Of An Eye,” “What Do I Know,” “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” and many more.
Saturday will feature the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships at Ferguson Field beginning at 9 a.m. This event features literally the fastest and most accurate gun slingers on earth today.
The Kansas City BBQ event will continue at Ferguson Field and the Firearms and Old West Auction preview and show will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Deadwood Pavilion.
And to keep the celebration in high gear on Saturday night — and to help celebrate Deadwood’s 20th anniversary of gaming — the first major performer to play a free show on Main Street will be returning. Glen Campbell will return to Deadwood to headline this year’s Wild Bill Days celebration.
This multi-Grammy winning artist will perform all of his hits including “Southern Nights,” “Galveston,” “True Grit” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” to name just a small sampling of Campbell’s hits. Brock Finn and Jonathan Singleton and the Groove will open Saturday night’s show, which begins at 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the finals of the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships and the Kansas City BBQ Cook-off will take place at Ferguson Field, and the Firearms and Old West Auction will take place at the Deadwood Pavilion beginning at 10 a.m.
“We are extremely excited to kick off summer with so many great events planned for Wild Bill Days,” Anderson said. “We are celebrating Deadwood’s most famous character in a way we all feel he would approve – with a great big party.”