Cattle Drive kicks off the Black Hills Roundup
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — Cattle strutted the streets of Belle Fourche this Tuesday evening to kick off the Black Hills Roundup, a fourth of July tradition in the hills.
Belle Fourche used to be one of the largest cattle drive hubs in the country, For the past century, it has been known for its historic cowboy culture.
Prior to modern day technology, in the 1800s, cattle were herded from the ranch to the market by cowboys on horseback. About 60,000 cattle would travel all the way from Mexico to the Black Hills.
A total of 150 cattle off all ages and sizes took to the streets for this year’s march.
“this is where everybody brought their cattle they came from Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas and this was a big sales place for cattle,” said event chairman Mark Leverington.
The roundup is full of food, carnival rides, and rodeos going through the entire weekend. On Wednesday and Friday, they will also be setting off fireworks.
It’s a celebration of history, western culture, and a time where people from all around the world come together to the wild western experience.
“The black hills roundup is all about celebrating our western heritage and the days of the cowboy,” said Leverington.