Winterfest 2022

Hello Everyone, 

Did you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day?  My girls and I had a great time bowling together and getting to spend that quality time! Even if you didn’t have the opportunity to share the day with a friend, family or loved one, I hope you shared the love by smiling at a stranger or receiving one in return! Let’s remember to be kind all year long and appreciate the moments given to us.
Speaking of spreading the love….Lead is spreading the love we have for winter with this weekend’s Winterfest 2022!!  So many great events are happening and a big thank you and much appreciation for all the hard work our volunteers have done as well as the participation of all the businesses in Lead!  Following is a full schedule of what is happening;


5:30 to 7:30 pm – Open Roller Skating: Teen “Winter Ball” Handley Recreation Center; 845 Miners Ave, Lead, SD; roller skates available, all ages welcome.  Call Handley Rec at 605.580.5535 for information and


Register 8:30am / Race 9am – Axbow Fat Tire Bike Race: Start & Finish Line at Lead’s Mickelson Trail Trailhead, located on Hearst Avenue next to Fire Department, $5 entry fee, 9.2 mile loop, Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. For more information call Matt @ 605.222.4374.

8am to 5pm – The Rustic Nook Bakery: Just Dance Party and Hot Chocolate Bar starts at 9:00, 318 West Main Street, For more information call Leigha at 605.920.9898 or on Facebook @The Rustic Nook Bakery, LLC

9am to 5pm – Sanford Lab Homestake Visitors Center: FREE facility features Lead’s rich gold mining history and exciting international science future, 160 West Main Street at the famous Open Cut, see

9am to Noon – Eagle Cliff Ski Association’s 20th Anniversary ski tour and bratwurst cookout: Eagle Cliff trailhead 9 miles west of Lead on US Hwy 85. See Eagle Cliff Ski Association on Facebook for a full description and information. Visit

9am to Noon – Handley Recreation Center FUN-draiser: held at the Mickelson Trail Trailhead on Hearst Avenue next to the Fire Department. S’mores, games, hot cocoa and more. Finish line of the Fat Tire Race. Call Handley Rec at 605.580.5535 for information.

10:00am to Fireworks – Arts & Antiques Row: Miner’s Tin Cup, 209 W Main Street, FREE kids & teens creative winter art projects.

10am to 6pm – Explore Fitness and Adventures Winterfest: 457 South Main St, Lead, SD:

  • 10am – Beginner X-Country and Snowshoeing carpool/caravan to Eagle Cliff Trailhead
  • 2pm – Chili Feed, Music, Kid’s Activities *donations/tips support the Explore Dance Company’s first dance convention in April
  • 4pm – Group Fitness, Dance Open House

Call Katrina at 605-389-3551 or visit on Facebook @Explore Fitness and Adventures

10am to 6pm – Miners & Merchants Trading Post & Prairie Berry Winery: FREE Mulled Wine Tasting, for information call Carol at 605.641.2762 and don’t forget to check out Christmas Carol’s Loft!

12pm to 3pm – Northern Hills Recreation Association:

  • 11am to 4pm – Sledding on Alert Street located behind City Hall at 801 W Main St.
  • 12 noon – Register for Fat Tire Bike Keg Pull; Dakota Shivers Brewing’s backyard at 717 W Main St.; BBQ provided by Big Trout Deli
  • All Day (Noon-ish to worn out) – Fire Pits and Music Jams on the Dakota Shivers deck
  • 1pm – Fat Tire Race Awards, Fat Tire Keg Pull, Alert Street Toboggan Run: Call 605-580-7403 for information.

12pm to 5:30 pm – Mile High Pub Crawl: pick up punch card at any participating location; Crawlers visit each location to punch their card AFTER beverage is purchased, (non-alcoholic included); turn in completed cards at Lotus Up Espresso & Deli located at 95 East Main St, Lead, SD by 6:30pm to enter to win basket packed full of goodies. Drawing at 7pm – need not be present to win. Contact Lotus Up at 605.722.4670 for information.  *Open alcoholic containers allowed on Main Street from 11am to 11pm from the Manuel Brothers City Park to Dakota Shivers Brewing only.  These boundaries will be strictly enforced!

1pm to 2:30pm – Snowflake Art: Lead Deadwood Arts Council Gallery, 313 W Main Street. – Free and open for kids/teens/families.

3pm to 5pm – Sip & Shop, Live Music: Mulled Wine at Miners & Merchant’s Trading Post; 300 West Main, Lead, SD; call 605-641-2762 for information. Live Jazz Trio, Greenfield Pub:  314 West Main, Lead, SD; call 605-717-2498 for information.

4:30pm toBonfire – BH Rod & Gun Club: Soup Supper Fundraiser

5pm to 6:30pm – Handley Recreation Center FUN-draiser: S’mores & More; ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and Winterfest Crafting of wooden snowflake or tree at Lotus Up Espresso & Deli, (limited space) 95 East Main Street, Lead, SD. Call Lotus Up at 605-722-4670 or the Handley Center at 605-580-5535.

5:00p – Bonfire – Girls Scout troop 71123 to sell cookies at the Davis Ring Patio.

6:00pm – The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, SURF Foundation and SURF Fireworks VIP Viewing Party: 160 W Main Street, wine and beer cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, best view of the Open Cut!  Tickets are $25 which include front row view of the fireworks, appetizers and 2 drink tickets. Purchase Event Tickets | Sanford Underground Research Facility ( or call 605.584.3110

6:30pm – Open Cut Fireworks above Manuel Brothers Park

7pm to 8pm – Winterfest Bon Fire: Manuel Brothers Park parking lot; Safety considerations provided by the Lead Volunteer Fire Department.


All Day – Miles Beyond Ordinary Adventures:  FREE Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Fat Tire Biking, Snowmobiling and Sledding at these Lead area locations: Manuel Brothers Park, Eagle Cliff Trails; Homestake Trail, Iron Creek Trail; Mickelson Trail and the Black Hills Snowmobile Trail. Contact local businesses for hotel and equipment rental availability.
____ Other Happenings in Lead for the week

Tuesday 2/22: City Commission Meeting @ 5pm in the Lead City Hall

Friday 2/25-2/27: Words & Wine 2022: Antigone @ the Homestake Opera House. Admission is $10

Katrina @ Explore Fitness & Adventures has many activities for individuals and families.  Follow her link for more information:

____ News & Notes

South Dakota Housing Development Authority is encouraging groups of volunteers to submit an application to help someone in need by painting a house. Deadline is April 22nd, Contact Sheila Olson [email protected] 605-773-7603

Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association are beginning ad sales in their magazine.  If you would like to reserve a spot, contact Cindy Millett at [email protected] or call 605-355-3600. Deadline is March 11th. 

____Save the Date:

3/24 – SURF Mixer at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center @ 4:30pm
3/26 – 
Stand-Up Comedian: Jason Salmon @ Homestake Opera House
5/28-5/29 – Black Hills Renaissance Festival – Tickets on sale now @


Best Regards,
Leigha Patterson
Interim Director

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