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CUSTER STATE PARK – Something new for this year’s Custer State Park Buffalo Round Up is a collector's edition lapel pin relating to the park's annual Buffalo Round-Up and Arts Festival.

Even though the Buffalo Round-Up and Arts Festival does not happen until the end of September, Custer State Park officials are already gearing up for the annual weekend activities. Each year, the round up attracts a wide array of visitors from around the world, as well as the local area. And, each year the event grows in attendance and variety of happenings.

Custer State Park Chief Interpreter Bradley Block said, "Working cooperatively with the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association, Custer State Park was able to create a lapel pin that is unique for the annual round-up. The circular pin is deep red in color and features a bison bull embossed in gold with the dates of this year's event. Furthermore, the lapel pin is attached to an interpretive card detailing the park's historical activities with its bison herd."

The collector's pin sells for $2.95 and can currently be purchased at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center and Wildlife Station Visitor Center. Only 1,000 pins have been ordered for 2003.

"The collector's pin has been well-received with park visitors, and most importantly, they have actually increased visitor dialogue about the park's wildlife management techniques," Block noted. "Many summer visitors do not realize the park's management activities happening during the off-season."

Both visitor centers are open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Many park activities are still available on a daily basis, including nature walks, patio talks, gold panning demonstrations, living history presentations and evening campground programs. The schedule differs each week, and an updated activity schedule is available at both visitor centers.

For more information on the collector's edition lapel pins or the park's summer activities, please contact the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center at (605) 255-4464.





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