The 61st Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show is well underway at the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds and the Sioux Falls Arena.
The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce started the Farm Show back in 1954 to highlight the agricultural community in our area. Today the show is one of the largest Farm Show and live stock exhibits in the upper Midwest.
The show began Tuesday evening with 4-H and FFA calf showing. Throughout the rest of the week, people of all ages will be showing and selling many different categories of livestock, leading up to the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions on Friday evening with a $12,000 Supreme Row Cash Awards Presentation.
Cindy Christensen, the Chamber's Agri-Business Division Manager, said this year Friday's Sale of Champions will include a live and silent auction with proceeds going to the Ranchers Relief fund for Rancher in Western South Dakota who lost cattle during an early blizzard last year.
For the past 16 years, the farm show has also included a showcase of farm equipment and vendors at the Sioux Falls Arena, showcasing the latest in farming technology.
The show continues at the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds Saturday with more youth showing events and a draft horse pull Saturday evening.