The 60th Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show began Tuesday, Jan. 22, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 26. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Sioux Empire Farm Show, which is the livestock portion of the show. The Chamber says since 1998 they've partnered with Midwest Shows of Austin, Minnesota to bring commercial exhibits to the area for the Sioux Falls Farm Show. Organizers say both shows are dubbed as "Sioux Falls' Salute to Agriculture."
The Sioux Empire Farm Show is free and open to the public. Organizers say an estimated 30,000 people are expected to come through Sioux Falls for the farm show. They say that will bring in more than $2.9 million into the city. There are more than 500 commercial exhibits available to check out. The commercial exhibits cover a range of different topics. They can be found at the north end of the Expo Building on the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, as well as the Arena and the Convention Center. Thursday commercial exhibits are open from 9:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Arena, Convention Center and the north end of the Expo Building. On Friday the exhibits will be open from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Friday is the last day for commercial exhibits.
Coming Up Thursday: Purebred livestock shows continue, with the Hereford, Charolais, Red Angus and Maine Anjou breed shows beginning Thursday at 8 a.m. in the Expo Building; sales will begin at 11:30 a.m. All breeds will compete for the coveted $12,000 Supreme Row purse that will be awarded Friday evening at the Mayor's Round-up and Sale of Champions. The Market Lamb and Feeder Heifer shows both begin at 6:00 p.m.
On Friday Supreme Row Judging starts at 9:00am. Friday evening Mayor Mike Huether will help with the annual Sale of Champions. He will help emcee as auctioneers get the bidding started with the Grand Champion Market Steer. Organizers say last year the Sioux Falls area business community raised more than $58,000 in premiums and sponsorships paid to the market livestock producers. The Sale of Champions will be held at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel Exhibit Hall, beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include a prime rib dinner; they are available at the Chamber office or at the Sioux Empire Farm Show office.
Saturday is the last day of the Sioux Empire Farm Show and features both the College Livestock Judging Contest and the Junior Livestock Judging Contest starting at 6:30 a.m. The Youth and Open Rabbit Show will also be held in the morning. Saturday also features the Breeding Beef Heifer Show beginning at noon. The Sioux Empire Farm Show closes out with a Pony and Draft Horse Pull, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
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