June 2012


04 Jun

Jun 04, 2012 at 04:12 pm

Lots of our Deadwood Chamber members have received awards for their excellence in multiple categories. To start, three hotels received honors along with a few other establishments.

The Best Western Hickok House was mentioned in the May/June issue of AAA’s Home & Away Magazine as one of S.D. Governor Dennis Daugaard’s favorite hotels to stay at. Also, the Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort earns 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“We are incredibly pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Tracy Island, General Manager at Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort. “We strive to offer our customers the best customer service we can and this is evidence that our hard work is paying off. “

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

The Deadwood Super 8 has been recognized by the Super 8 hotel brand as one of the top eight properties worldwide in the brand’s portfolio of more than 2,200 hotels. To be eligible for the award, a hotel must have demonstrated itself to be a leader in the Super 8 system over the course of the last year, particularly in the areas of quality assurance, customer evaluations, TripAdvisor ratings and overall market performance.
“The Deadwood Super 8 represents every aspect of what a Super 8 hotel should be,” said John Valletta, president of the Super 8 brand. “I congratulate the hotel and its staff on this momentous achievement and thank them for their continued dedication to brand.”
“This is a great honor for our hotel and a testament to the hard work of our wonderful staff,” said Lori Logan, the hotel’s general manager. “We look forward to continuing to serve our loyal guests and sharing with all travelers the quality accommodations and outstanding value that have become the hallmarks of the Deadwood Super 8.”
The Super 8 hotel brand, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, is a chain of economy hotels located throughout the United States, Canada and China.

Lewie’s Saloon & Eatery has one of the top hambergers in the nation in the latest Midwest Living Magazine.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources received a NewighborWorks American District Grant for National NrighborWorks Week, June 3-9, 2012. The grant of $5,000 is in memory of Bill Kitchen, a former employee of NeighborWorks America in Kansas City, MO. Bill was a champion of NeighborWorks Week. NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources is able to sponsor a number of activities during NeighborWorks Week thanks to this grant and their many other partners.

Weapon Concepts, LLC dba Deadwood Jake’s Gun’s & Ammo is now accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Weapons Concepts is operated by Gregory Vecchi.

We at the Chamber of Commerce in Deadwood could not be more excited and proud of these members for all of their accomplishment.

27 Jun

Jun 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Did you hear? There are quite a few parades coming to History Deadwood in the month of July. Hmmm where to start where to start? I guess I will go in chronological order, that would make sense right?

Great Family Friendly Fun is about to hit Deadwood with The Northern Hills Shrine Circus on Saturday, July 2. This Circus has two performances at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm at Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds. Now you are probably wondering when the parade comes into the picture well it hits Historic Main Street at 11 am. This Deadwood parade will have circus animals and performers, along with little Shriners cars, and much much more. The parade is free to see, but the circus does cost. Tickets cost $9-Adults, $3-Children, Pre-Schoolers are free. Tickets for the circus may be purchased at the Circus or from any local Shriner. For additional information, please call 605-584-1849 or check out: http://deadwoodcircus.com/

What could be more Family Friendly than a Fourth of July celebration? Well I can’t think of anything so let me tell you about the parade on Monday, July 4. Apart of the Gold Camp Jubliee Days (July2-4) the annual Fourth of July parade will be go though Deadwood Historic Main street at 3 pm and continue to Lead where it will go through at 4 pm. When dusk hits Lead the firework show will light up the sky.

It is time to reach back into your memory banks (or just look back in the blog) remember a blog about the Xtreme Muzik The Tour? If not you should look back and read that post! Deadwood Mountain Grand and the City of Deadwood will welcome Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and the rest of the crew with a parade. This parade will open the two days of concerts preformed by the Xtreme Muzik The Tour. The parade will start at 1 pm coming from the north end of Deadwood’s Main Street going tending at Deadwood Mountain Grand event center and casino. Deadwood Mountain Grand invites former slime plant employees to participating in the parade, if interested please contact Danielle Osloond by July 1st at dosloond@deadwoodmountaingrand.com or 605-920-1137.

Well I wont keep you for much longer, but I want to mention the Days of ’76. On Friday, July 29 at 1:30 and Saturday, July 30 at 10:00 am will be the parades for the Days of ’76 Rodeo. Keep looking for more information on the PRCA rodeo!

Be safe and have a great day!

07 Jun

Jun 07, 2011 at 04:11 pm

Howdy Deadwood Fans! Wild Bill Days is just a hop, skip and jump away from now. I can’t wait for the celebration to start. Most of all I am looking forward to the free concerts. Below is the full schedule of events better check it out!

2011 Wild Bill Days Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 17
10am – Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show • Lodge at Deadwood
– DockDogs Big Air Competition • Historic Main Street
11am – March of Dimes and First Gold Celebrity Shoot-Out Fundraiser • Deadwood Pavilion • Call (605) 717-7171 to register! No experience needed!
5pm – Texaco & Dana Dental Arts Country Showdown • Historic Main Street stage
6:30pm – FREE concert featuring Brock Finn
8pm – FREE concert featuring Bellamy Brothers

Saturday, June 18
9am – Cowboy Fast Draw Championships • Deadwood Pavilion
– Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show • Lodge at Deadwood
10am – DockDogs Big Air Competition • Historic Main Street
3pm – DockDogs Speed Retrieve Competition
4pm – Free concert featuring Country Showdown Winner • Historic Main Street stage
5pm – – Free concert featuring Startz N Endz • Historic Main Street
Speed Retrieve Finals • Historic Main Street
5:30pm – DockDogs Big Air Finals
6:30 – Free concert featuring Brock Finn
8pm – Free concert featuring Joe Diffie

Sunday, June 19
9am – Cowboy Fast Draw Championships • Deadwood Pavilion
10am – Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show • Lodge at Deadwood

07 Jun

Jun 07, 2011 at 03:51 pm

Dear Friend of South Dakota Tourism,

This is a quick email to let you know that despite the flooding crisis facing the river cities of Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes in South Dakota, the rest of the state is in great shape to welcome visitors who are making South Dakota their family vacation destination. Please click on this link to view a tourism video message from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv293g5xQrs

As our Governor stated a few days ago, we do not want to minimize the impact of the flooding in the river cities of Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes. We are facing a significant challenge with flooding along the Missouri River in these areas. But we have had inquiries from folks wondering if it is okay to continue with their vacation plans to South Dakota and our answer is, ‘Absolutely’! Our major highways and interstates are not affected by the controlled flooding, and the state is open for tourism business!

Fishing and boating is as good on the river and on our lakes as it has been and hundreds of campsites are available. All boat ramps and campgrounds north of Pierre/Fort Pierre on Lake Oahe remain open, and the same is true for Lewis and Clark Lake in Yankton. We encourage visitors who have questions about any vacation plans along the Missouri River to check the websites of the South Dakota Departments of Tourism (www.TravelSD.com) and Game, Fish and Parks (www.gfp.sd.gov) for the latest information. Please contact your hotel/motel, campground or fishing resort before leaving on your trip to check on the latest information.

Our visitor industry is geared up and ready to welcome our visitors with the flair of friendship and hospitality that only South Dakotans can provide. From Sioux Falls to Sisseton, Aberdeen to Akaska, Mobridge to Murdo, and throughout the northern and southern Black Hills, our visitor attractions and events are ready to roll out the red carpet for our guests.

All the best,

Jim

James D. Hagen, Secretary

Department of Tourism

01 Jun

Jun 01, 2011 at 09:28 am

Do to a break out of Equine Herpes Virus 1 the Showdeo has been canceled. This disease is fetal in horses and cases have been tracked to Western States and Canada.

Sorry to anyone that was interested in going to the Showdeo! Hope you can enjoy the other festivities in Historic Deadwood during Wild Bill Days June 17-19.

30 Jun

Jun 30, 2010 at 09:41 am

While the calendar says June 21 as day one of the summer, most people get in that summer mode after Memorial Day. This year, however, it was hard to find your summer mentality in the Black Hills because of thunderstorm and rain shower, and temperatures below normal.

But that all changed in the last week, as the mercury climbed into the 80s and, gasp! the 90s! And my oh my things are awfully green on the hills surrounding Deadwood. It’s a bit funny, but after the winter and not-very-high temperatures of the spring turned into even the low 80s, it was all folks could do to not talk about the heat. Yep, the four seasons of Deadwood sometimes are quite drastic!

At any rate, summer is here, Deadwood is full of hustle and bustle. Wild Bill Days was a success, and now we are looking toward the Days of ’76 (July 27-31), the Legends Ride during the Sturgis Rally (August 9) and, of course, Kool Deadwood Nites (August 26-29), Deadwood’s largest event.

We hope you can make it out to join us! And if you haven’t done so already, and you are on Facebook, check us out at www.facebook.com/historicdeadwood . We’re even on Twitter, @DeadwoodSD. Keep up with all things Deadwood!

Oh, and we are still playing text message blackjack – text the word PLAY to 88188 and win some cool Deadwood stuff.

OK, back to work! Have a great week all.

Lee

16 Jun

Jun 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

It’s here – WILD BILL DAYS! Well, not quite, but it will start in a couple days!
Hope you are heading this way, and if not, I’m posting a schedule in hopes to entice you a little more! Hope to see you DEADWOOD:

Friday, June 18
10am – Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show – Lodge at Deadwood

10am – Dock Dogs Big Air Wave Competition on Main Street

11am – March of Dimes and First Gold Celebrity Shoot-Out Fundraiser – Ferguson Field

5pm – Music begins on Main Street featuring Shantel Bolks

6:30pm – Free concert featuring Brock Finn

8pm – Free concert featuring Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band

Saturday, June 19
9am – Cowboy Fast Draw Championships – Ferguson Field

10am – Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show – Lodge at Deadwood

10am – Dock Dogs Big Air Wave Competition on Main Street

Noon – Black Hills State University Pole Vaulters on Main Street

5pm – Music begins on historic Main Street stage featuring Shantel Bolks

6:30pm – Free concert featuring Brock Finn

8pm – Free concert featuring John Michael Montgomery

Sunday, June 20
9am – Cowboy Fast Draw Championships – Ferguson Field

10am – Firearms and Old West Auction and Show – Lodge at Deadwood

02 Jun

Jun 02, 2010 at 10:00 am

Wow summer is coming up on us fast!!! It’s June, and there’s no time to wait – we have some great events coming up, starting this weekend with the Mickelson Trail Marathon — and on June 18-20 –
WILD BILL DAYS! here’s a schedule of the events – it’s going to be grand celebration, we hope to see you in Deadwood!

2010 Wild Bill Days Schedule of Events:
Times approximate/tentative
Friday, June 18
10am – Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show – Lodge at Deadwood
10am – Dock Dogs Big Air Wave Competition on Main Street
11am – March of Dimes and First Gold Celebrity Shoot-Out Fundraiser – Ferguson Field
5pm – Music begins on Main Street featuring Shantel Bolks
6:30pm – Free concert featuring Brock Finn
8pm – Free concert featuring Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band

Saturday, June 19
9am – Cowboy Fast Draw Championships – Ferguson Field
10am – Firearms and Old West Auction Preview and Show – Lodge at Deadwood
10am – Dock Dogs Big Air Wave Competition on Main Street
Noon – Black Hills State University Pole Vaulters on Main Street
5pm – Music begins on historic Main Street stage featuring Shantel Bolks
6:30pm – Free concert featuring Brock Finn
8pm – Free concert featuring John Michael Montgomery

Sunday, June 20
9am – Cowboy Fast Draw Championships – Ferguson Field
10am – Firearms and Old West Auction and Show – Lodge at Deadwood
Book your trip now. This is a can’t miss event! Book your lodging ONLINE today! CLICK HERE to book and check availability!

Call 1-800-999-1876 for more information!

29 Jun

Jun 29, 2009 at 02:11 pm

Howdy all!
It’s the start of a beautiful week here in Deadwood. Temps are in that 80-degree range, summer has kicked off, 4th of July celebrations are this weekend — boy, this week is getting better and better!
4th of July celebrations being with a parade down Main Street in Deadwood at 3 p.m. on July 4, and then moves to Lead at 4 p.m. Lead will host Independence Day events, with music and vendors throughout the weekend. After the parades, local favorite Brock Finn takes to stage in the beer garden, the Northern Hills Community Band will play at 8 p.m. in the city park’s band shelter — and the day closes with an awesome fireworks display over the former Homestake Mine’s Open Cut. If you’ve been to Lead before, you know you can’t miss the Open Cut! So if you are planning a trip to the Black Hills this weekend, stay and play in Deadwood and take in the 4th of July festivities in Lead!
Plenty to do in the Black Hills this weekend!
Oh, and as for the headline of this blog, you can WIN A WEEKEND IN DEADWOOD! It’s simple – just go to deadwood.com, fill out the information, and you’re automatically entered to win. Simple as that!
Have a great week everyone!
Lee

22 Jun

Jun 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

When thousands of people converge on Main Street in Deadwood, you know summer has arrived. And when these thousands of people stand on Main Street and sing “Like A Rhinestone Cowboy,” it has to be Wild Bill Days! Yep, Wild Bill Days weekend was a big hit; the country stars Ricochet played wonderfully on Friday night, and the legend himself Glen Campbell hit the stage Saturday night to sing his hits. Even though a brief shower sent some concertgoers inside Saturday afternoon, the evening turned into a great weather night and a great turnout.
A special thanks to everyone who came to listen, and we sure hope you had a good time!
Now, summer is officially here, and things in Deadwood are buzzing.
Have a great week all,
Lee

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