Horseback riders march cattle through SD town

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2011 4:52 PM
Horseback riders march cattle through SD town

Horseback riders have driven more than 500 cows and calves through a South Dakota town in what is likely the last installment of a three-decade tradition.

One day each fall, rancher Dennis Kamrath and dozens of friends, relatives and volunteers drive his herd from pasture land west of Gary to the family farm in Canby, Minn.

The 15-mile trek has become a tradition for Gary, population 227, but the 59-year-old rancher says the expense of calving across the border in South Dakota is getting to be too much.

Gary Historical Association President Roger Baer says the drive has blossomed into a tourist draw. He said seeing cattle hustling down a town's main thoroughfare recalls days gone by. More than a hundred onlookers lined the route Saturday.