Roundup, volksmarch big success
Published: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Judging by initial reports from officials, both the rescheduled annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival and brand new autumn volksmarch at Crazy Horse this past weekend were a big success.
Craig Pugsley, CSP director of visitor services, reported that this year’s roundup viewing audience was about the same as last year’s with over 14,100 in attendance. Obviously, changing the day from Monday to Friday did not affect the numbers at this popular one-of-a-kind event.
The arts and crafts festival had good attendance on Saturday that was about on par with last year. The weather turned from cool and rainy Friday afternoon to warm and sunny Saturday.
Sunday’s attendance was down from last year, primarily due to heavy winds. Vendors had a difficult time securing their tents and some just gave up and packed it in early. Those attending the festival Sunday had to battle the elements of high winds and blowing dust. If it wasn’t for the wind on Sunday, attendance would probably have rivaled that of last year on that same day.
The volksmarch at Crazy Horse drew a good first-time crowd of a little over 2,800 on Sunday. The wind there was blowing just as hard as it was in the park, but didn’t seem to affect the event as much. The few registration tents set up just below the upper parking level seemed to be holding their own in the wind when I was there Sunday morning.
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