Nearly 20,000 attend annual buffalo roundup in South Dakota

Thousands of people recently gathered for an annual event that featured roughly 19,000 people in attendance

There were 1,300 head of buffalo to round up in Custer, S.D. (Courtesy Photo)
There were 1,300 head of buffalo to round up in Custer, S.D. (Courtesy Photo)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

Thousands of people recently gathered for an annual event that featured roughly 19,000 people in attendance. The Annual Buffalo Roundup, that celebrated 51 years this year, took place on Friday, Sept. 30 in Custer State Park in South Dakota.

During the event, about 1,300 head of buffalo are rounded up, and sorted. According to the South Dakota tourism website, the 71,000 square mile park can only sustain so many of the large animals, so some are auctioned.

The road leading to the round up corral is backed up with a line of vehicles waiting to park. Most of the attendees are from the United States, but some come from abroad. This year residents of New Zealand, Australia and Germany were mentioned as a few from outside the United States that attended the event.

A breakfast was served that featured 4,500 pancakes and 4,500 sausages. The noon lunch served roughly 16,000 of the events attendees.

Reservations are not required and the event is free to attend.

The 52nd Annual Buffalo Roundup is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2017.

The area is also host to the popular Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival that’s held Thursday through Saturday during the Buffalo Roundup.

More information can be found at www.TravelSouthDakota.com.







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