With the annual Buffalo Roundup over, how did the date change from Monday to Friday affect local businesses and art vendors?
A few weeks ago Don Herren told KOTA he was down in the number of reservations, but that changed during the roundup. "Thursday we were full. Friday we had a lot of vacancies, Saturday we had a lot of vacancies and then suddenly we were full and it was surprising how full it did get," said Herren.
Sunday vacancies remain high, but Herren says it's like last year, only on a different day. "This is actually a typical Monday after the roundup," said Herren.
Jim Understock, Frontier Photo, says people came earlier and the change in days brought positive effects. "Saturday was our best day. Comparatively on Saturday almost doubled our sales from previous years on Saturday alone," said Understock.
Although the roundup day was changed, the Art Festival days remained on Saturday and Sunday. Did people stay for the festival on Sunday? "The crowd today was smaller but they spent money better, "said Don Kaplan, an art vendor. "In other words, we had double the sales today than we had yesterday."
For Kaplan, the smaller crowd didn't affect sales. But for another vendor, Susie Weber, it was a different story. "Looking at the tally, we're going to end up with about half of what we normally do.
But both Kaplan and Weber something needs to change. "I wish they'd put it back to Monday," said Weber. While Kaplan wants to move the festival. "If they want to have the roundup Friday this year that maybe they'd have the Arts Festival as well on Friday and setup on Thursday," said Kaplan.
According to the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks website, the 2014 Buffalo Roundup is scheduled for Friday September 26.