Custer Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

Custer Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

Weekend nearest last Monday in September or first Monday in October
In South Dakota, buffalo still roam at the Custer State Park in the Black Hills. And every fall, the Old West comes further alive as cowboys, cowgirls, and park staff round up the thundering herd of 1,500 bison and channel the animals into corrals. This annual event helps the park manage and maintain a healthy bison population. Calves are branded and vaccinated, and a number of the animals are sold at auction, which keeps the herd thinned and is an important source of revenue for the park. In addition to the roundup, artists from around the state display their work, and the Custer Chamber of Commerce hosts a chili cook-off.
CONTACTS:
Custer State Park
13329 US. Hwy. 16A
Custer, SD 57730
605-255-4515; fax: 605-225-4460
www.custerstatepark.info
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 596