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Change in annual Buffalo Roundup; how does that affect businesses?

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"We love Roundup, we love people coming in. It's like our last hoorah for the summer," said Henrietta Hartley, manager at Sage Creek Grille. 

But a change in days - from Monday to Friday - could hurt businesses. Jim Understock, co-owner of Frontier Photo, T-shirts, & Gifts, says people may leave after the Roundup, which isn't good for sales. "Less means less people on the streets, less chance to capitalize on any possibilities of any sales," said Understock. 
 
Hartley of Sage Creek Grille has the same concern. "Usually, being on Monday, people would stay the whole weekend to make it to Roundup, so I'm thinking they may cut it short. Let's hope that doesn't happen," said Hartley. 
 
And one motel owner says he usually books three and four day reservations for Roundup. "We are down, you know, percentage-wise I don't know that but we, instead of a four day reservations, we have a lot of two and three day," Don Herren, owner of Rocket Motel. With only eight of Herren's 27 rooms booked so far on Sunday. 
 
Understock says he hopes the Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch (September 29 and 30) will attract visitors. "That will bring more people in, or keep people here for the Roundup, and stay through the weekend," said Underwood. 
 
And staying positive is key. "We'll learn from this year, we'll see what happens. Is there going to be more people here Monday through Friday? Possibly," said Underwood. 

Herren, of Rocket Motel, says he's waiting for the outcome. "Hopefully the state will look at what happens and how much influx or de flux there is on the whole situation - people coming in, people not coming," said Herren. 

 

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