Deadwood stockpiling snow for snocross

City crews stack snow inside the Days of ’76 rodeo grounds in preparation for the upcoming U.S. Air Force Deadwood Snocross Jan. 25-26. Pioneer photo by Mark Watson 

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DEADWOOD — The city of Deadwood is gearing up for its annual snocross. The fast action event sends snowmobiles zooming and flying around the Days of ’76 rodeo grounds. And one of the most crucial things needed for the event is snow. 

Ron Green, public works director for Deadwood, said city crews have been hauling snow into the rodeo arena ever since enough snow has fallen to do so.

Private entities are also hauling snow into the rodeo grounds. 

It will be spread out and stacked to the needs of the snowcross in the coming days.

Green said that crews will haul the snow away after the event for a couple reasons.

First, the mountains of snow take a long time to melt and work needs to be conducted in the arena to prepare the grounds for other events. And secondly, trash in the snow before it was brought to the arena and parts that fly off the snowmobiles are left behind, and Green said the city does not want those items to get into the arena dirt as they can be hazardous to the rodeo stock and contestants.

The snowcross takes place Jan. 25-26.

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