Wild Bill Days fast approaching
DEADWOOD, SD – Free concerts by Ricochet and Glen Campbell highlight this years Wild Bill Days in historic Deadwood, June 19-21, and the weekends festivities will also feature Cowboy Fast Draw Championships and a Firearms and Old West Auction and Show.
Wild Bill Days celebrates the life and times of Deadwoods most famous resident, Wild Bill Hickok. Wild Bill met his demise during a poker game on Deadwoods Main Street; his assailant, Jack McCall, had lost to him the night before. Wild Bill is buried on Deadwoods Mount Moriah, laid to rest next to him is the infamous Calamity Jane.
Country stars Ricochet will perform on Friday night, and the legendary Glen Campbell takes Deadwoods Main Street stage on Saturday. Free Main Street entertainment begins at 5 p.m. each day. Ricochet’s hits include Daddys Money, “Blink Of An Eye,” “What Do I Know,” “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” and many more. 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 return. Multi-Grammy winning artist Glen Campbell will return to Deadwood to headline this year’s Wild Bill Days celebration. His hits include “Southern Nights,” “Galveston,” “True Grit” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and many others.
The Cowboy Fast Draw Championships will feature the fastest and most accurate gunslingers country-wide converging on Ferguson Field. Fast draw events begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, June 19, Wild Bill and Calamity Jane hopefuls can take their shots at fast draw, as the First Gold Hotel will hold their annual Celebrity Shoot Out Fundraiser. This event begins at 11 a.m. at Ferguson Field in Deadwood, and everyone from beginning, never-shot-before amateurs to professionals is welcome to participate. There will be separate categories for professionals and amateurs, and First Gold will supply the guns, holsters and the coaching. To register, form a posse of 3, round up $75 (all proceeds benefit the March of Dimes) and head on down to Ferguson Field at 11 a.m. June 19.
Now in its second year as part of Wild Bill Days, the Firearms and Old West Auction and Show promises to be one of the countrys best in 2009. Nearly 1,000 items from antique gaming devices, including a 61-inch race horse gambling wheel, to a grand assortment of pistols and rifles, including a Henry rifle with a 3-digit serial number will be on display and up for sale. The Firearms and Old West Auction and Show will be held Thursday, June 18 through Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The second annual Firearms and Old West Auction will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21. All Firearms and Old West Auction and Show events will take place at the Deadwood Pavilion on Main Street.
Proceeds from the auction sales will go to Deadwoods Days of 76 Museum, which is in the process of a capital campaign to raise $4.2 million for a new 30,000 square foot facility that will protect the priceless artifacts the museum now possesses.
For more information, visit http://www.deadwood.org or call the Deadwood Chamber at 800-999-1876 or (605) 578-1876.