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Belle Fourche turns back the clock for Black Hills Roundup

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A Northern Hills town is turning back the clock to reconnect to its ranching roots.

Thursday, Belle Fourche kicked off the beginning of the 95th annual Black Hills Roundup with something not seen very often.

Lead by mounted cowboys, more than three dozen longhorn cattle were herded down Main Street, just like they did back in the 1800’s.

In the days before cattle trucks and cross country railroads, Belle Fourche was one of the largest cattle drive hubs in the country.

Event organizers and spectators alike say the event is something fun for the community, as well as being a vital piece of the town's heritage.

"What you just saw with the cattle drive is what we are trying to bring back, the old heritage and Belle Fourche being a trails head town. So those are some of the things that we represent with the Black Hills Roundup.” Said Black Hills Roundup Board Member Justin Tupper.

Brad Abelseth grew up in Belle Fourche and is excited about the return of the downtown cattle drive, "It's a fun time and it's talks about our history a little bit and what goes on in this area. It's wonderful to see what they've done and brought this back. We did it years ago but it kind of slipped away for awhile."
The Black Hills Roundup continues throughout the weekend with a parade on the 4th of July.
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