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Bison Fest: Oh, Give Me a Music Fest Where the Buffalo Roam

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The Texas State Bison Music Festival is an all-day music event featuring some of Texas’ greatest Americana and Texas country music artists. The event will be held on Saturday, September 23 on Main street in Quitaque, Texas and will be an old-fashioned street dance. The festival will include arts and craft vendors, food vendors and more. Headlining this year’s festival will be the Randy Rogers Band with additional performances by Mark Powell and Lariat, Zac Wilkerson & The Wayward Souls and others. 

Saturday, September 23 in Quitaque, Texas

Randy Rogers Band

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Funds raised from Bison Fest go to benefit the Texas State Bison Herd Restoration Project. This year’s event is being held to raise funds to help restore the Texas State Bison Herd to their historic range at Caprock Canyon State Park and allow visitors the chance to celebrate the cultural and natural history of the Panhandle.

Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park

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Caprock Canyons State Park is a 14,000-acre park with the potential to support a wide diversity of plant and animal communities. The park is home to the Official Bison Herd of the state of Texas, the last remaining example of the Great Southern herd.

Brought Back from the Brink of Extinction

Bison Fest
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The descendants of this Texas herd were brought back from the brink of extinction by famed Cattleman Charles Goodnight and his wife Mary Ann in the canyons surrounding the Caprock Escarpment of the Texas Panhandle during the height of the infamous bison slaughter in 1878. At one time, there was 30 to 60 million bison roaming North America but by 1895, there were a mere 541 animals remaining on the planet. The Texas State Bison Herd and its historic bison landscape in Caprock Canyons State Park is a key component, working in conjunction with other conservation partners, in conserving the species of Plains Bison. Caprock Canyons State Park has developed an aggressive management plan to restore the park landscape and its wildlife to its natural state that would have existed prior to European settlement.

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