Custer State Park Resort in South Dakota offers a scenic drive that animal lovers won’t want to miss.
The pastoral Wildlife Loop Road is a main attraction at the park for a number of reasons including free-roaming herds of buffalo that think nothing of stopping traffic as they graze across the prairie.
Each year these buffalo are rounded up at the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival which will be held this year on September 24 – 26.
Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival
For those ready to experience the thunder of more than 1,000 buffalo as they rush across the prairie to be herded in to one large mass, the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival offers that chance and more.
Reservations are not required for this event which serves as a critical management tool in maintaining a strong, healthy herd. Those attending the roundup can expect to see around 1300 buffalo rounded up by a volunteer crew on horseback.
Along with this unique opportunity to see buffalo roam the plains, the Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival has 150 vendors on hand standing by to sell their fine arts and crafts, including many products made in South Dakota. Vendors are located on the festival grounds across from the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.
Pancakes, Cookoffs and More
Festival goers who arrive early can start their morning with a pancake breakfast while they enjoy Western and Native American entertainment under the big top.
Later in the day, a Dutch Oven Cook Off sponsored by Cabela’s and the Black Hills Dutchers has contestants compete for points and prizes. Festival goers can start tasting these dishes after they are judged (around noon). Tasting donations will be given to the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive.
Along with the Dutch Oven Cook Off, the festival also holds the Annual Buffalo Wallow Chili Cook-off with another competition that runs from 10:00 to 1 pm. Public tasting lets you enjoy the various recipes as you stroll about the arts and crafts exhibits and take in the live entertainment.
For more information, call 605-390-6843.
Photo credits: SouthDakotaTraveler