Archive for May 23, 2014

Calf Days at Cook’s Bison Ranch in LaGrange County, June 14

Cook's Bison Ranch

Cook’s Bison Ranch in Wolcottville, Indiana.
Photo provided by Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB and used with written permission.

By Rene Hostetler
Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB

A big bull at Cook's Bison Ranch

A big bull at Cook’s Bison Ranch.

A full day of family fun is planned at Cook’s Bison Ranch in Wolcottville, Indiana on June 14, 2014.  Events start at 10 am and include musical entertainment, story-telling, free wagon rides (see photo above), cooking demonstrations, games for the kids, and, of course, lots of great food.

Owners Pete and Erica Cook began Calf Days in 2001 with just 250 guests attending.  Since then they welcome over 1,000 guests each spring to celebrate spring and the birth of new calves.  It has also proven to be an excellent way to introduce the public to their unique business.

Of course, the bison which live on this ranch year round are the main attraction and free wagon rides will take guests out to watch them and feed them.  Just as the Native Americans found the bison to be great resources to enhance their lives and well-being, the Cooks educate the public in the many current resources the bison offer.  The itinerary for the day includes demonstrations on bison meat cooking, hair spinning, and the delights of smoked jerky.

The event raises money to support a mission to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Native American Reservations.  There is no entrance fee, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Cook’s Bison Ranch is located at 5645 E County Road 600 South in Wolcottville in northern Indiana. More information can be found at