Native American Culture At Center of Baby Bison Days

Boss Bison Ranch in Cadiz is inviting the public to its second annual Baby Bison Days on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, to meet the herd, participate in Native American culture and witness the blessing of the 2014 calves by a Native American chief.

The inter-tribal powwow will feature music by The Lead Drums of the Allegany Reservation in Salamanca, N.Y., and lead dancers David and Danielle Wanner of Mercer, Pa. Members of all Native American nations are invited to sing, dance and join the celebration.

“So far we have about 50 dancers. It could double or more; we don’t know,” said Karen Sticht, Boss Bison Ranch owner.

The family-friendly event will include wagon rides, hair braiding, candle making and flint knapping. Native American artisans will display and sell their wares. There will be children’s activities, vendors and a tomahawk contest.

Nubs, Snitch and Bobby, members of the Boss Bison herd, will be standing by to meet and greet visitors, who may bring bread and apples to feed them, said Christina Carter, ranch employee.

Farm tours and primitive camping will be available; call ahead for reservations. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Future Farmers of America and 4-Hers are welcome.

John and Karen Sticht retired from their jobs and left the Cleveland suburbs about 13 years ago to start Boss Bison Ranch in Harrison County. They have about 70 head. They sell the meat from their on-site store and online, and they sell to several restaurants and natural food stores. They also operate a mobile food wagon, from which they sell bison burgers, hot dogs and brisket or roast sandwiches, along with fries and sides.

Baby Bison Days takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person, which will be donated to Harcatus food pantry.

Boss Bison Ranch is located at 45701 Unionvale Road, Cadiz. For information, call 740-942-8726, www.bossbisonranch.com.