You have plenty of time to plan a weekend trip to bison country to attend the 3rd annual Bison Festival Saturday at Caprock Canyons State Park. Park superintendent Donald Beard says they'll have lots of entertainment to make the trip worthwhile.
"We have six different musical acts and it's going to be headlined by Asleep at the Wheel."
The festival is to help grow this breed of southern plains bison.
"We are trying to expand their range out into the rest of the park and right now they have about 1,000 acres to roam but once we are done, we'll have about 14,000 acres inside the park to roam," he says.
Like most buffalo the southern plains bison became practically extinct but a handful were spared to become the current residents of Caprock Canyons.
"They are genertically different from most bison around; they are the probably the remaining example of the southern plains herd," says Beard.
"It's all for the bison restoration project that we are in the middle of right now."
Buffalo may look like they have a bad temper but beard says you can't judge a book by the cover.
"They can be a little deceiving. They are actually very calm animals.
When they are not pressured or messed with, they are very docile."
Posted Tuesday, September 24th 2013 @ 4am by Berit Mason