Saddle up, for it’s that time of year again where cowboys and cowgirls alike gallop in to roundup the bison at Antelope Island State Park. This year is 30th Annual Antelope Island Bison Roundup!
30th Annual Bison Roundup
This year, the push will be on a Saturday to provide the opportunity for more people to view and participate in the event. To start, the bison will be herded from the south end of the island to the north end of the island where they will eventually be checked and vaccinated.
There are two main viewing areas for this event. The initial spot is down at Fielding Garr Ranch between 9 am and noon. Visitors can line the east-side road in their cars to watch the cowboys herd the bison.
Once you have seen them on the east side, head on down to White Rock Bay to the second viewing spot. Here there will be bleachers, food to purchase, live music and education information. Once the bison have been herded into the corrals they will be left there for about a week to relax and calm down.
Working of the Bison
Next, the ranchers will do what is called The Working of the Bison (October 27-29). This is where the bison get their vaccines, health check, and some are selected to go to auction. The public can come to this event as well. There will be interpreters who will give guided tours of the whole process.
After the ride, Friends of Antelope Island will be hosting their annual chili dinner at the barn. The dinner begins at 5:30 pm and goes until 7:00 pm. While the meal is free, they do appreciate donations. The money collected will go back to fund projects on the island. The entertainment for this event begins at 6:00 pm.
The Annual Bison Roundup is such a fun experience. Watching the ride really gives you the feeling of the wild-wild-west! We hope to see everyone out at the island this Saturday.