The 29th annual Ag Appreciation Day is kicking off Wednesday, August 8th. The event is held every year during the Sioux Empire Fair to say thank you to farmers and ranchers. Organizers say it's a way to thank producers for their hard work producing the food we eat everyday. Their hard work will be honored with a free lunch, served from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. in front of the grandstand at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds.
Each year the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with dozens of area businesses, sponsors "Ag Appreciation Day." More than 5,000 area farmers take part in a free meal sponsored by the Chamber and served by volunteers.
Organizers say many businesses from the area also provide the funds and volunteers to help cook and serve the grilled pork loin sandwich lunch and provide entertainment. The complimentary gate admission is sponsored by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. More than 5000 tickets are mailed each year to producers who request the tickets.
Organizers say although the area has grown over the years they say we still have a strong base in agriculture. For that reason they say it's important to take a day to say thank you to those who work so hard.