Bison Celebration Days
September 14 - 16, 2012 at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway.
An outdoor classroom field day, living history encampments, a benefit barbecue lunch and a Sunday afternoon performance by Texas’ own Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel will highlight the second annual Texas State Bison Celebration Days!
The three-day event is being held to raise funds to help continue restoration of the Texas State Bison Herd to its historic range within Caprock Canyon State Park and to allow visitors an opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of 19th century Panhandle history. The celebration allows park visitors to view up close the descendants of the great Southern Plains bison herd that once swarmed the Great Plains. Regular park entry fees will apply.
Friday, Sept. 14 - The Celebration Kicks Off with Outdoor Classroom Field Day
Schools from all over the area are invited to attend a special educational day to learn about the history behind the Buffalo Soldiers, Native American life, pioneer women and early area ranching. Young people will view genuine artifacts and be able to interact with living history re-enactors. Last year’s event hosted several hundred school kids.
Saturday, Sept. 15 - Bison Celebration Day
The public can see and photograph the semi-free-ranging descendants of Panhandle pioneer rancher Charles Goodnight’s JA Ranch bison herd saved from extinction in the late 1800s when millions of native bison were slaughtered for meat, hides and horns. Bison Celebration Day also will feature living history encampments, a geocache challenge, and a benefit barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with vendor exhibits in the nearby town of Quitaque.
During the celebration, visitors will be able to donate directly to the Texas State Bison Herd Restoration project or purchase merchandise to support prairie restoration efforts. Donations can be made online by visiting www.caprockpartnersfoundation.com or by calling (806) 455-1441.
Sunday, Sept. 16 - Buffalo Boogie Benefit Concert with Asleep at the Wheel
Legendary Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel will play a Buffalo Boogie Benefit Concert at 2 p.m. in a meadow on FM 1065 three miles north of Quitaque and half a mile south of the state park entrance. Tickets for the show can be purchased for $20 in advance by calling the state park at (806) 455-1492 or for $25 at the door the day of the show. There is no seating, so bring chairs and blankets.
- Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway main page
- Read more about the bison and their new habitat in the November 2011 Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine article "Home on the Range."
We want to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2012 Bison Celebration Days event.