Sidney Gold Rush days makes return in 2021

SIDNEY, NE — After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sidney's Gold Rush Days will make its return to Legion Park in 2021. 

"We're really excited," Sidney Gold Rush Days committee president Ken Geu said. "We're ready for June 11, 12 and 13."

Sidney Gold Rush Days seeks to take people back to the 1870s when Sidney was the beginning of the Gold Rush Trail for those seeking wealth in the Black Hills. Organizers say they're ready to show off what they've been laboring on since the last event. 

"I've been working on this for over a year. I have stuff that nobody's seen yet that's just itching to be seen," buffalo hunter and mountain man William Bailey said.

Gold Rush Days is full of demonstrations that include woodworking, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving and gold panning. There will also be food and music for people to enjoy. Musical performers will include Rex Rideout who played the fiddler in the 2011 movie "Cowboys and Aliens." Organizers say he will be performing period-correct songs. 

Attendees can also buy the 2021 Gold Rush Days commemorative button that will enter them into a raffle and get them a free breakfast on the Saturday of the event. 

Also making their return this year is Peter and Kathy Gibbs from the Rosebud reservation with their tipi. 

Organizers believe the year off has just made people more excited to get back to the event. 

"I would say there's more people wanting to come to do something this year that didn't get to do anything last year," Bailey said. "I know people coming from pretty far away to set up here."

Sidney Gold Rush Days is set for Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13.