Lead live returns to its roots

Lead Live, featuring a variety of entertainment, returns this month at Manuel Brothers Park from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Pioneer file photo by Alex Portal

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LEAD — The summer spectacular event in Lead returns this year Tuesday, with a jam-packed schedule of fun and excitement and a new organization at the helm.

In years’ past, the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce has brought the event series to fruition; however, with a new director stepping into the position this past November and the myriad of winter events the chamber has hosted, the Handley Recreation Center stepped in to share the workload.

“The whole point of the Handley is to be a part of our community and do things for our community,” said Tera Jones McGuire, a member of the Handley Recreation Center Board of Directors. “And this really just falls right into that.”

Jones McGuire, who is overseeing the Lead Live events, said that she and the board are very excited to be in charge this year, and are looking forward to bringing the community-wide event back to it’s more traditional format.

“A couple years ago, (the chamber) had done a survey about it, so I took some of those ideas and I’m trying to do them,” she said.

Jones McGuire said the theme for this month’s Lead Live event will be “Karaoke & Cornhole,” with a Cornhole tournament and karaoke by “Party with Jenn and Colin.” She also highlighted some of the activities that will be making an appearance including human sized hamster balls, Lead Live tie-dye station, and a slew of other arts and crafts. 

A number of food and retail vendors will be on hand as well as information and exhibition booths by Deadwood Pride, the Center for Equality, and the Society for Creative Anachronism.   

“I’m super excited we’re brining back a farmer’s market,” she said.

Lead Live will take place from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Manuel Brothers Park; in the event of rain, the festivities will be moved up the road to the Handley Center. 

Jones McGuire said the most important thing for her was to keep this community event focused on the people who make Lead “Miles above Ordinary.”

“I’ve been going to Lead Live pretty much since they started,” she said. “I love them, I love being able to take my kids down, I love hanging out at the park, I love seeing people, and that’s really the kind of feeling that I wanted to bring back.”

For more information on the Lead Live event series call the Handley Center at 580-5535, or visit the Lead Live page on Facebook.

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