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Custer State Park's 49th Annual Buffalo Roundup Coming to South Dakota

Friday, September 05 2014 15:52   Festivals

Custer State Park's 49th annual Buffalo Roundup will take place on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in Custer, South Dakota.

The largest public buffalo roundup in the country, and one of only two roundups in America, the event attracts more than 14,000 spectators each year. Visitors can watch park rangers, alongside experienced wranglers on horseback, as they round up the herd of 1,300 bison that reside in the park's 71,000 acres. After the herd is rounded up, they are sorted and vaccinated.


In addition to the thrilling annual event, The Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival will also be held Sept. 26-28 in the park and will feature fine arts, crafts, and many South Dakota-made goods.


Festival-goers can enjoy a pancake breakfast the morning of the Roundup, a chili cook-off, Dutch Oven cook-off, and Western and Native American entertainment scheduled throughout the festival, including Native American dances, cowboy tales, historic reenactments and square dancing.


Also that weekend will be the second annual autumn Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


Due to the popularity of last year's Volksmarch, the experience will be offered twice this fall on Sept. 28 and 29. Participants will have the opportunity, offered only one other day in June, to climb 6.2 miles round trip up the arm of Crazy Horse and stand face-to-face with the world's largest mountain carving in progress.


The carving also just received a $10 million private grant, which could mean immense progress for the memorial in the next few years, making this an exciting time to see the monumental site in the making.


For more information, visit the Custer State Park's website at http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/ .