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Nation’s Best Return to Deadwood for 87th Days of 76 Rodeo; Best Rodeo, No Bull

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(DEADWOOD, SD 6/9/09) To see some of the nation’s best cowboys and cowgirls at one of the top outdoor rodeos in the country, plan a trek to Deadwood for the 87th annual Days of 76 Rodeo, “Best Rodeo, No Bull” July 21-25.

The Days of 76 started as small celebration of Deadwood’s past. Over time, the celebration evolved to include one of the nation’s most highly rated rodeos, being honored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys  Association more than nine times.

The PRCA has named the Days of 76 Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year four times and Midsize Rodeo of the Year each year from 2004 to 2008. In 2007, the Days of 76 was also named the Badlands Circuit Rodeo of the Year.

“Cowboys and stock contractors pick the Rodeo of the Year,” states Ron Burns, Days of 76 Committee Member. “It’s a nice tribute to community.”

Plan to see 500 to 600 the nation’s finest rodeo stars competing in bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. All of the competitors are PRCA card holders. Many of which make the national finals in Las Vegas.

“You’re going to see the best of the best, the best cowboys against the best stock,” Burns said.

This year’s show will also include the antics of nearly 40 clowns for Rodeo Clown Reunion. Also the Belgian Hitch, a team horses nearly 17 hands high, on display in stables at the rodeo grounds. Fans can also see reenactments of the killing of Wild Bill Hickok and a stage coach holdup during the competition.

The rodeo is a nonprofit event made possible through sponsors, previous ticket sales and the city of Deadwood. The Days of 76 Rodeo Committee plans and organizes the rodeo. Also, a 20-person board of directors and countless volunteers help make the event memorable.

For tickets, contact Black Hills Central Reservations at 1-888-838-BULL, or purchase online at