Rodeos round out the Days of '76 - KOTA Territory News

Rodeos round out the Days of '76


Bucking and braying, the Days of '76 came to an end Saturday with a parade and two rodeos.

This year was the 91st annual celebration, and General Chairman Dawn Burns says tickets sales by the afternoon event this year had already topped those from last year.

Burns says the Days of '76 is the longest running special event in Deadwood, and it takes all year to plan, with 20 volunteers taking the time to set it up - all to remember the days of 1876. "It's a tradition in our community so we're just really proud of that. It brings business into the community all week, not just over the weekend," said Burns.

Kevin Kuchenbecker, a historic preservation officer, says Days of '76 remembers the past. "Rodeo celebrates the cowboy life and the gulch," said Kuchenbecker.  "I mean we have a historic parade that celebrates our history as well, and then the shows throughout the rodeo itself."



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