The Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup is September 29-October 1, 2022. Each year they gather the park's bison herd into corrals for sorting, culling, and vaccinations.

During this yearly event in western South Dakota thousands of people showed up to watch cowboys, cowgirls, and park staff make around 1300 bison go where they don't really wanna go.

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I had the opportunity to check an item off of my bucket list when I attended the 54th Annual Buffalo Roundup in 2019 at Custer State Park.

At 5:30 on Friday, Sept. 27 2019 I left the Custer State Park Stockade South Campground where I had spent the night. When I pulled out of the campground and headed to the road that led to the Wildlife Loop, there was already a line of car tail lights farther than I could see. And the line wasn't moving.

A nice person let me merge in. What would have normally been a 15-minute drive from the campground to the buffalo viewing area turned into a 2-hour event. With around 20,000 plus people all trying to get to the same place it would be expected that traffic would be slow going.

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After I arrived and got parked it would be another 2 hours or so before the first buffalo would appear in the distance on top of the far-off bluff.

The big shaggies would be pushed to the temporary corrals over the hill past where I was with the south crowd lining the fencing set up to protect everyone in case the herd took a wrong turn.

In minutes the mass of bison, horses, trucks, and herders were right in front of us. It was an overwhelming blur of activity. I was in awe to witness the power of these giant prairie beasts. And to imagine what it must have been like to travel across this very land over a hundred years ago when buffalo numbering in the tens of thousands grazed this grass.

Equally as awesome was how the Custer state park staff and crew orchestrated this whole event. They flawlessly accommodated thousands of people from all over the world to witness this unique occurrence.

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The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!

From Frybread to Pheasants - Here are South Dakota's Official State Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. South Dakota is no different.

The Mount Rushmore has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

Here is what we have so far in Wyoming. Thanks to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office for the info:

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