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ABC's The Bachelor Tries His Luck At Love In Deadwood

Amy Varland

The cast and crew from ABC’s reality dating show ‘The Bachelor’ filmed an episode last October inside the Saloon #10 on Deadwood Main Street. This season’s Bachelor, Chris Soules, dubbed “Prince Farming” looks for his soulmate and takes a gamble on love in Deadwood.

It’s no secret that it’s tough to keep a secret in small towns – especially when the action happens on Main Street.
So when news surfaced that ABC’s The Bachelor was renting out the Saloon #10 in Deadwood for a day last October to film an episode – locals tuned in.

Part-owner and Saloon #10 General Manager Louie LaLonde says this season’s Bachelor, Chris Soules, also known as “Prince Farming”, and others from the reality show’s cast and crew showed up, set up props and equipment, and began shooting footage in front of the fireplace, in the black jack area, and by the rooftop firepit.

LaLonde says it didn’t take long for Prince Farming and his date to get things heated up.

“This girl encouraged him to get up on top of the Brunswick bar, which is a thirty foot, hundred-plus year old Brunswick bar and dance,” says LaLonde.

Those must have been some dance moves - LaLonde says they will leave a lasting impression.

“Well the bar cracked. And if only all of us could see the looks on their faces when that bar cracked because they jumped down, I’m sure fast. But we were able to fix the bar, no problem,” says LaLonde.

LaLonde says the staff has a special name for that crack.

“It’s our own memory of what we went through as we were able to have the Bachelor come to the #10, and it was very exciting. And like I, like everybody’s been saying – will love be found at the #10? Did he find his girl and his real love here in the #10 – so many people have – did Chris Soules?” says LaLonde.

LaLonde says she and her bar staff were largely kept in the dark about plot details, so they too are excited to see if in fact love was in the cards for Prince Farming during his visit to Deadwood.

There is a viewing party of this episode of The Bachelor at the Saloon #10 Monday evening at 6pm. The public is invited to attend.


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