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Wild Bill Days kicks off busy Summer for Deadwood

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For Deadwood businesses and casinos, this weekend is an early test in the tourism season and perhaps a peek at what lies ahead.    

Saturdays nice weather certainly helped Wild Bill Days get off to a good start.

The entertainment at the event which features dock dogs, live music, historical reenactments and much more had the cobblestone streets covered with foot traffic.

Which is something Deadwood business owners say they have not seen since last summer.    

"Usually before the first of June it's pretty slow," said Gold Nugget Trading Post clerk, Diana Metzger. "Kind of average for that time of year, we usually start picking up after Memorial Day when school is over and the kids are done."  

The Gold Nugget is not the only business starting to thrive this time of year, Deadwood Gift Shoppe owner, Rhonda Vandeneykel says this weekend is the perfect kickoff for the rest of the season.    

"Wild Bill Days really gets us off to a nice start with free concerts and all the different events going on in town," said Vandeneykel. "There's kind of all kinds of activities, something for everyone this weekend."  

Other business owners and employees agreed that late winter weather made business very slow earlier this year.

Wild Bill Days continues through tomorrow.

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