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GFP News - october 2, 2017


record turnout for annual buffalo roundup at custer state park

Pierre, S.D. - Over 21,000 visitors attended the 52nd Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park, setting a new record for turnout at the event.

Custer State Park also hosted its three-day arts festival in conjunction with the Buffalo Roundup. Sizable crowds convened throughout the three-day celebration to enjoy entertainment such as Brulé, educational programs and the grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.

"What a great weekend at Custer State Park," said park superintendent Matt Snyder. "The Roundup was a success, and I heard nothing but compliments from how well the park looked to the variety of vendors at the Arts Festival. It was truly a team effort to make this weekend happen."

The annual Roundup serves as a tool to help manage the park’s buffalo herd. About 250 buffalo will be sold at the park's annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 18. For information on the auction, contact the park at 605.255.4515 or email

Upcoming Buffalo Roundups will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, and Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.


newton hills state park to host 18th annual festifall

Pierre, S.D. - Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 18th annual FestFall on Oct. 7, from 1-5 p.m CDT. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.

Kids of all ages can participate in "make and take" crafts, a mining sluice and more. An arts and crafts show will host over 30 craft vendors displaying unique crafts, home décor and other gift ideas. Food vendors will be on site throughout the afternoon.

As in years past, the pumpkin will take center stage with pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin carving demonstrations and decorated pumpkin contests. Visitors are encouraged to bring in their own decorated or carved pumpkins for judging.

Following the afternoon FestiFall celebration, the Candlelight Walk will lead visitors along 2.2 miles of candle-lit trail through the deep woods of Newton Hills. The trail will be solely lit by candles and carved pumpkins. Walkers will encounter many surprises along the trail, including musicians, colorful characters from the past, a magician and telescopes to view the evening sky. Walkers may begin the self-led adventure anytime between 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites with a fall theme. Hay wagon rides will be available Saturday afternoon to take visitors through the campground to view and judge the decorated campsites.

There is no cost to participate in any of the events; however a park entrance license is required. For additional information, please contact Newton Hills at 605.987.2263, email, visit or find Newton Hills State Park on Facebook.


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