PIERRE, S.D. – The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival is one of the premier events on this continent, according to the American Bus Association (ABA).
ABA just named the Buffalo Roundup as one of the Top 100 Events of 2010.
The Top 100 list is chosen from more than 500 events nominated by state and provincial tourism officials, Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Destination Marketing Organizations from across North America. It highlights the top fairs, festivals, parades, exhibits, theaters and shows across the U.S. and Canada.
The annual Roundup showcases an orchestrated stampede of nearly 1,500 buffalo in Custer State Park. It began and is still used as a resource management program – allowing the park to brand, vaccinate, sort and control the buffalo population. The Buffalo Roundup is in its 44th year.
“Although the Roundup has a practical purpose, the event has become a true South Dakota tradition and tourist attraction, and it’s no wonder,” said Melissa Bump, director, South Dakota Office of Tourism. “It’s a powerful experience to see and feel 1,500 buffalo thunder across the prairie.”
This year’s Buffalo Roundup is scheduled for Sept. 26-28. Next year’s action takes place Sept. 25-27, 2010.
In addition to the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Independence Day Celebration was also named as a Top 100 Event.
For a complete listing of 2010 Top 100 winners list, visit http://www.buses.org/top100.
For more information on the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and other South Dakota events, visit: www.TravelSD.com.
The efforts of the Office of Tourism are part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota from 2003-2010. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.