Have you ever wondered what the sound of 1300 hundred stampeding buffalo would sound like? Well, for South Dakota, this happens each year with the annual Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park. Going into its 53rd year, the thundering roundup runs takes place on the last Friday of September each year, attracting more than 15,000 spectators from across the U.S and world to its grounds in the park.
The event is an Old American West tradition, and South Dakota is the only place across the country that undergoes a buffalo roundup of this kind. Stretched across 71,000 acres of prairie lands, the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park, allows spectators to watch as cowboys and cowgirls on horseback along with park crews round up over 1,300 buffalo. Spectators afterward, can choose to stay and watch workers sort, brand and vaccinate hundreds of animals prior to the park’s fall buffalo sale, which takes place each November.
Taking place on the same weekend as the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park is the annual Arts Festival. Held just across the street from the Norbeck Visitor Center, visitors can roam through over 150 arts and crafts booths, selling a variety of Native American and Western-themed items, many made in South Dakota.
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If you’re planning your visit in the Fall, then you will want to make sure to attend the 53rd Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival! Camping near Custer State Park at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort place you right where all the action will be! Only a short drive up the road, the roundup takes visitors back to the Old West Days of South Dakota where cowboys and cowgirls would round the buffalo herds.
The Arts Festival takes place on the same weekend each year, and offers around 150 arts and crafts booths, selling a variety of Native American and Western-themed items, many made in South Dakota. Both events will take place on September 28, 2018.