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By Don Ogle
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Gold Rush Days First Activity of Busy Month


Time is ticking down to the beginning of a busy month of activity, which begins in earnest next weekend with Gold Rush Days, which celebrates and entertains with activities reminiscent of the 1800s.

While not in the thick of the actual rush, Sidney was still a vital hub of transportation and a stopping point for those headed to South Dakota when gold was discovered in the Black Hills.

For 15 years, Gold Rush Days has brought the 1800s back to life during a weekend in June, with activities, entertainment and demonstrations of skills and life from the period.

The event kicks off next Friday evening, June 8, with a Campfire Kick-Off. At that time, visitors are encouraged to bring hot dogs and marshmallows to cook over open fires. Through the opening evening, those attending will see gunfighter demonstrations, can learn about life in a tipi, and will learn about trade between the Lakota Sioux and early white traders. The evening will be capped off by an evening musical performance.

Activities throughout the park really get rolling Saturday morning, beginning with the celebration kickoff, the National Anthem, and a hearty breakfast at 8 a.m. Those wanting breakfast can get it free if they have purchased a Gold Rush Days button from committee members or sponsors.

Although not associated with Gold Rush Days, the community’s young people can participate in the annual Fishing Day, sponsored by Cabela’s at the Legion Park Pond. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with fishing for ages 3-12 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Young fishermen (and girls) can try their hand at freshly stocked fish of all sizes, including nine specially tagged fish that can be redeemed for gift cards from $25 to $100.

For those who haven’t had enough, Cabela’s will also host another fishing even, focusing on catch and release, at the retail store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For older “kids,” Gold Rush activities will continue through the day and into the evening, providing more than enough variety for those wanting to learn, listen and celebrate.

On Sunday, another breakfast will be available, for $4, beginning at 8:30 a.m. It will be followed by a church service, with Dr. Curtiss Davis of Sidney First Christian Church officiating. Activities will continue through 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gold Rush buttons will be on sale for just $5 at the following locations: American Bank, Brooke DeNovellis - Farmers Ins., Dudes Steak House, Kisst, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, NT Building supply, Rood’s Tire Center, Security First Bank & Insurance, Western Drug, Cheyenne County Chamber Office, and Cheyenne Visitors Center. Buttons will also be for sale during the event while supplies last.


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