More than 14,000 people attended the 47th annual Buffalo Roundup on Monday at Custer State Park.

Attendance at the 2012 Roundup matched records crowds from the previous four years.

“This has grown to be a great event, and we’re happy we can share a little bit of the Old West with those who are here for a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Craig Pugsley, visitor services coordinator at Custer State Park.

The annual Roundup Arts Festival held over the weekend saw an increase in attendance this year compared to 2011. “We had a 9 percent increase on Saturday, and a 25 percent increase in visitors on Sunday,” Pugsley said.

The annual Roundup serves as a tool to help manage the park’s buffalo herd. About 200 buffalo will be sold at the park’s annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 17.

For additional information on the auction, contact the park at 605-255-4515 or email

The 2013 Buffalo Roundup will be held on Friday, Sept. 27. 

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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