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GFP News - september 17, 2015

Custer State Park to Host 50th Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 50th Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 25. The Arts Festival will open Thursday, Sept. 24, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 26.

“Each year, the Buffalo Roundup brings more than 10,000 spectators from around the world to Custer State Park to view the park’s 1,300 buffalo and watch the Old West come alive,” said Doug Hofer, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. "The arts festival features entertainment and activities for the entire family as well as more than 150 arts and craft exhibitors."

The parking areas for the Roundup, located near the corrals along the Wildlife Loop Road, open at 6:15 a.m. MDT and close at 9 a.m. MDT on Sept. 25. For safety reasons, spectators need to remain in the viewing areas until all the buffalo are corralled; typically around noon.

The annual Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Arts Festival takes place near the State Game Lodge.

“The Buffalo Roundup serves the purpose of herd management, but it also provides our visitors an experience that is unique in all the world,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “We hear from visitors around the globe about how incredible it is to watch the bison thunder over the prairie. It’s something they never forget.”

A state park entrance license is required on Thursday and Saturday, however, there is no cost to attend the Buffalo Roundup or Arts Festival on Friday. Share this year’s event photos with us and let others who cannot attend take in the experience with you by using #SDintheField and #HiFromSD when posting images to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Next year’s Buffalo Roundup will be held Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.

To learn more about the event, visit, call 605.255.4515 or email