JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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Chamber hosts another successful
Sioux Empire Farm Show

Livestock entries were up as were dollars raised for market livestock exhibitors at the 61st Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show, sponsored by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. The Farm Show brought an estimated 30,000 people to Sioux Falls Jan. 21-25 for purebred cattle shows and sales, market livestock shows and commercial exhibits.
Entries were up for most livestock shows compared to 2013. The Sioux Empire Farm Show has an estimated economic impact of $3.9 million on the community.

Market livestock exhibitors competing at the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions came from South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and  Wisconsin. The annual event is the culmination of the market livestock shown during the Sioux Empire Farm Show, with the 25 market animals “auctioned off”: the top five steers, top 10 swine, top five sheep and top five goats shown at the Sioux Empire Farm Show. Buyers aren't actually purchasing the animals but paying premiums to the producers. The Sioux Empire Farm Show is the only regional farm show to pay out 100 percent of the funds raised at the auction. The tally is still being confirmed, but the estimated $61,300 paid to market livestock producers is more than what was paid out in 2013. More than 340 attended the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions dinner and approximately 75 Sioux Falls area businesses bid on the livestock.

Also at the dinner, a special live and silent auction were held to benefit the Rancher Relief Fund, which was established after the October 2013 blizzard wiped out tens of thousands of livestock in western South Dakota. The special auctions had approximately 35 items donated by area businesses, which raised more than $18,400 for the RRF.

The Chamber recognized the Charles and Brenda Stahl family of Bridgewater as the Farm Family of the Year and Mike Miller, First Dakota National Bank, as the Agri-Business Citizen of the Year. The Tri-State Neighbor, Wells Fargo Bank and Campbell Supply Co. sponsored the $12,000 Supreme Row purse, which awards a grand champion over all breeds and splits the purse between the exhibitor and the buyer.

The Sioux Empire Farm Show is organized and managed by the Chamber's Agri-Business Division. More than 200 volunteers help with the show. Gina Beers, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, chaired the 2014 show. The 62nd Sioux Empire Farm Show will be held Jan. 27-31, 2015.

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