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Bison, Band and BBQ will feature barbecue and local music at Cook's Bison Ranch

A northern Indiana bison farm is inviting people to get a closer look at the animals this weekend. 

Cook’s Bison Ranch, 5645 E. 600 S., Wolcolttville, is having its second Bison, Band and BBQ starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. 

There will be barbecue goodness like brisket, pulled pork and bison sausage available for purchase. Goshen-native Cody Collier will perform. 

Wayne Cook and his son, Peter, started the business in December 1998 and continue to produce bison meat for retail and wholesale. The family business has about 500 bison at several Indiana locations. Saturday’s event will show off the calving operation, which has about 100 animals, said Peter’s wife, Erica. 

The ranch is also an agritourism business and often gives tours to school groups. Saturday’s event will have wagon rides.

Admission is $5 per person and is free for children 12 and under. Parking is $2 per car. Advance tickets can be purchased online. Those coming to the event are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

After Labor Day, tours will be available by reservation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday through October. 

Marshall V. King is food columnist for Flavor 574 and community editor for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805,, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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