Preliminary events are underway at the annual Days of 76 in Deadwood. The Northern Hills Rodeo and celebration runs for the next three days and usually brings a crowd of, not only cowboys and cowgirls, but visitors who come for the western experience.
The Days of 76 celebrates the Old West, as well the skill of present-day participants representing
an international collection of riders, steer wrestlers and ropers.
The PRCA events begin Wednesday night. Slack events have been going on at the rodeo grounds since Tuesday.
“We have rodeos Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Then we also have a rodeo Saturday afternoon at 1:30, ” said Joe Peterson, the Days of 76 Chairman.
The event has been going on for close to 100 years now and is one of the most highly regarded rodeos in the country. In 2011, the Days of 76 was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Cowboys come from all over the Great Plains and beyond to be a part of this highly regarded event.
“It would be everywhere from the west coast to pretty much the midwest; from Texas to Canada,” said Peterson.
And it’s not just cowboys who are attracted to the Days of 76. Tourists also come for the color and
pageantry. One of the events that gets the most attention happens along Main Street.
“There’s a parade on Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 in the morning,” said Peterson.
Staci Jensen and her family came from Spencer Iowa to meet other family members in Deadwood.
“So you going to stick around for the rodeo for the next couple of days? Absolutely,” said Jensen.