Custer State Park to host annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

 Photo courtesy of Dakota Radio Group
Photo courtesy of Dakota Radio Group (KSFY)
Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 12:53 PM CDT
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The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 53rd annual Buffalo Roundup and 25th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park next week.

The Arts Festival runs Sept. 27-29 and the Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT Sept. 28.

Dakota Radio Group reports Gov. Dennis Daugaard says preparing the herd for the event takes several weeks and the Buffalo Roundup is a herd management tool.

According to GFP, each year the Buffalo Roundup brings up to 20,000 spectators from around the world to Custer State Park.

A state park entrance license is required on Thursday and Saturday, but there is no cost to attend the Buffalo Roundup or Arts Festival on Friday.

To learn more about the event, visit, call 605-255-4515 or email

Spectators should bring folding chairs, cameras, binoculars, layered clothing, rain gear and sunscreen.

Share the experience by using #SDintheField and #BuffaloRoundup when posting photos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.