Michigan BISON BASH & Educational Series!
A popular gathering to celebrate all things buffalo and provide the best in Buffalo education has been revived from its nine year tradition under the Romanik Family to restart after nine years of dormancy. In 2014, New Beginnings Ranch and Midwest Buffalo Company have re-ignited this tradition with 137 individuals attending the all-day educational series and over 600 people participating in the full days’ events. The Michigan Bison Bash, formerly known as the Buffalo Bash, has returned to the former Romanik's Ranch (now New Beginnings Ranch & Midwest Buffalo Company) on the last Saturday of August every year. The ranch has been purchased by Kevin and Kimba MacRitchie in February of 2014, who have combined operations with the locally-based Midwest Buffalo Company with plans to eventually be among the largest Buffalo ranches on earth breeding, selling and serving buffalo to customers year-round. They are already the largest Buffalo Operation in Michigan.
The event, which previously ended in 2005, drew a crowd of 1,300 people that year. Organizers are trying to rebuild the celebration.
Gates will open at 10 a.m. Activities will be underway by Noon
Educational Series Starts at 10am and ends appx. 5pm (Open to the Public – focused on Buffalo Producers)
Past Speakers include: US Congressman Dan Benishek – Agricultural Committee; Dave Carter – Executive Director – national Bison Association; Mike Di Bernardo – Michigan Department of Agricultural Development; Dr. James Sikarskie – DVM – Bison Specialty – MSU Dean of Veterinary Medicine; and many more valuable presenters focused on improving the Michigan Buffalo Industry.
Key Projects have included: Development of Michigan’s First Ever Buffalo Co-Op; Developing Michigan Buffalo Industry in the Agri-Tourism Market; Assisting New producers in getting started; Support for National Bison Association Programs; and much more to follow
Live bands start at 4pm each year and run till midnight
Food available all day
Buffalo ranch Tours available all day
Fun for the kids including bounce houses and more available all day
JAYCEES serving beer and wine (additional charge) starting at Noon
Grounds fees covers all activities, including 1 serving of food (does not include alcohol)
Fun for the Whole Family
New Beginnings Ranch is at 10637 Weadock Road, Levering. If coming off I-75, take exit 326, then go south on Weadock Road.
Thank You to Our 2014 Bison Bash Sponsors