Buffalo Roundup named a top-100 event

For the second year in a row, the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America, according to a news release from the South Dakota Office of Tourism.

The American Bus Association (ABA) announced the designation recently, saying the Buffalo Roundup offers excellent entertainment value for both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.

ABA’s 2011 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected the Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival from more than 650 events nominated by ABA members. Judges considered the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches, and skill at handling large groups.

The ABA’s Top 100 list contains the top fairs, festivals, parades, exhibits, theaters and shows across the U.S. and Canada.

The annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival is Sept. 25-27 in Custer State Park. It showcases an orchestrated stampede of nearly 1,300 buffalo. The Roundup began and is still used as a resource management program – allowing the park to brand, vaccinate, sort and control the buffalo population. This year is the 45th anniversary of the Buffalo Roundup.

"The Roundup has long been recognized as a premier event. But this designation from the ABA certainly helps our mission of bringing more visitors to South Dakota," said Richard Benda, secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development. "Being recognized by the ABA makes the Roundup even more prominent and popular among tour planners."

According to studies completed by researchers at George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destination’s economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

The American Bus Association’s 2011 Top 100 Events in North America began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new products into their itineraries. It has since grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.

The Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org/top100.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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