PIERRE, S.D. – Abraham Blumenthal of Deadwood, S.D., is known for being the Chairman of the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo. Blumenthal was also an active member of communities throughout the Black Hills, and is one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.
After fighting in WWI, Blumenthal lived in Belle Fourche and then Rapid City. He owned The New York Store in Rapid City and was an active member in both communities. His list of involvements includes Chairman of the Red Cross, Director and Treasurer of the Bennett Clarkson Nursing Home, member of the American Legion and much more. Despite his impressive list of public service positions, Blumenthal is best known for his contributions as Chairman of the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo.
The Roundup Rodeo is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America. For five exciting days surrounding July 4th, thousands of people go to Belle Fourche to celebrate. Spectators can see top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls perform in the many events, including barrel racing, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping and more.
From the simplistic first Roundup Rodeo where spectators had to stand and contestants merely picked horses and then hopped on them, the Roundup Rodeo has grown considerably thanks to efforts from Blumenthal and many others to improve the event and provide a memorable experience.