Custer corrals revenue with Buffalo Art Festival

 People in KOTA Territory aren’t waiting for Monday’s roundup to corral buffalo. It’s already begun with this weekend’s Buffalo Roundup Art Festival.

 Burgers, paintings and clothing all have a re-occurring theme: buffaloes.

More than 150 vendors from across the country herded to Custer State Park to sell their merchandise at the 18th annual event.  And 14,000 people attended the festival last year.

Park leaders expect that number, along with the local economy to boost in size this year.

“It’s growing immensely through the year. It’s a great activity to help really promote the black hills and Custer State Park’s fall shoulder season and it adds a lot to the local economy,” said Craig Pugsley of Custer State Park.

Custer’s Chamber of Commerce looked to roundup some revenue by auctioning off four life–size painted buffaloes, along with a number of table–size ones.

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