The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup attracts thousands of people from all over the United States, but visitors from other countries make the trek as well.
Canadians Heather Fowler and Darrel Schultz are vacationing in South Dakota. When they heard about the roundup, they didn't want to miss it! So much so, they didn't go to sleep last night. "Basically we just packed a lunch and headed out on the road. It was about 2:30 [a.m.] when we hit the highway," said Fowler.
Both Fowler and Schultz agreed that the experience was emotional. "It was the most awesome thing I think I've ever seen," said Fowler.
So they made a pact with the people around them to come again. "We kinda remember where we were because of the ground markings and some rock markers and we said 'we'll meet you here exactly one year from now,'" said Schultz.
Julia Nemkina from Russia also made sure to hit the roundup, a sight she says was hard for her to imagine. "I'm very happy that I'm here. I'm very excited I will see 1,000 buffalo," said Nemkina.
Chilly weather, confused elk, and buffalo gone rogue were all part of the fun."A lot of whooping and hollering going on by the spectators, who hope the buffalo would win, but in the end we usually get them into the corals which we did successfully," said Craig Pugsley, visitor services coordinator for Custer State Park.
Pugsley says a large dark brown herd can trick you. "It doesn't look like as many, but believe me when they get the counts done today they'll be around 1,200," said Pugsley.
Pugsley says he expects the number of attendees this year to be around 14,000.