50th annual buffalo roundup shatters attendance record
Over 21,000 people were on hand Friday to witness the 50th annual Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park. Last year, the park hosted just over 14,000 spectators.
The American Bus Association listed the Buffalo Roundup as their top event this year, and motor coaches in attendance increased from 29 in 2014 to 35 in 2015.
“Managing that large of crowd while moving 1,300 buffalo is no easy task,” said state park director Doug Hofer. “I am very proud of Custer State Park staff and volunteers for making the 50th annual Buffalo Roundup the best ever.”
Custer State Park also hosted its three-day arts festival in conjunction with the Buffalo Roundup. Picture perfect weather brought good crowds to view collections from 115 exhibitors. Non-stop entertainment and on-going educational programs provided a great line up for guests.
The annual Roundup serves as a tool to help manage the park’s buffalo herd. About 200 buffalo will be sold at the park’s annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 21. For additional information on the auction, contact the park at 605.255.4515 or email CusterStatePark@state.sd.us.
Upcoming Buffalo Roundups will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, and Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
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