Sioux Empire Farm Show
Each year in January, area agricultural producers and the members of the Sioux Falls area business community gather to participate in a variety of events that highlight the importance of agriculture in the region. As a $17 billion industry in South Dakota, agriculture definitely impacts the Sioux Falls area economy. More than 30,000 people attend the Sioux Empire Farm Show each year, with an estimated economic impact of $2.9 million. Events are at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building.
This is the Diamond Jubilee for the show that began in 1954. This year the show is held from Jan. 22-26.
The $12,000 purse split between the consignors and the buyers of the Supreme Champion bull and heifer will be awarded to start the evening off. Sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor, Wells Fargo Bank and Campbell Supply Co., the Supreme Row purse pays $3,500 to the consignors of the Supreme Champion Bull and Heifer and pays $2,500 to the buyers of the Supreme Champion Bull and Heifer. Each of the consignors on Supreme Row is also eligible to win a one-year lease of a Featherlight trailer, courtesy of Featherlight Trailers and Iverson-Max from Mitchell.
Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions
The Sale of Champions recognizes the best market livestock shown at the Sioux Empire Farm Show by rewarding producers with premiums from the business community. The top five market lambs, top 10 market swine, top five market beef and top five market goats will be sold at an auction. Premiums are paid directly to the exhibitors, who attend from all over the U.S.
Purebred Beef Show and Sale
The 2013 Sioux Empire Farm Show is proud to host purebred shows/sales for seven breeds of cattle. The breeds showing/selling at the 2013 Sioux Empire Farm Show include Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Red Angus and Simmental. The champions of each of the breeds are eligible for the Supreme Row $12,000 purse sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor, Wells Fargo Bank and Campbell Supply Co. The Supreme Champion bull and heifer will split the $12,000 purse with $3500 going to the consignor and $2500 going to the buyer. It is expected that nearly 300 head of cattle will be consigned to the shows/sales. The Purebred Shows/Sales take place Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26, with the animals on display in the barn until Supreme Row judging Friday morning.
The Sioux Empire Farm Show is host to several cattle shows throughout the week, including purebred, feeder heifer, market beef, feeder steer and breeding heifer. Exhibitors from all over the U.S. attend the cattle shows at the Sioux Empire Farm Show.
Feeder Heifer Show
The Feeder Heifer Show will be held on Thursday. Heifers will be judged on their market characteristics.
Market Beef Show
The Sioux Empire Farm Show Market Beef Show will be held Friday. The top five market beef will be sold at the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions later that day at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall.
Feeder Steer Show
The Feeder Steer Show will be held Friday. The steers are separated into divisions of purebreds and crossbreds, with the top 10 steers receiving cash awards.
Breeding Heifer Show
The Breeding Heifer Show will be held Saturday. The heifers are separated into divisions of purebreds and crossbreds. The top 10 heifers receive cash awards.
Commercial Exhibits in the Expo Building, the Sioux Falls Convention Center and
the Arena open daily Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about the Sioux Empire Farm Show, contact Cindy Christensen, Agri-Business Division Manager of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, at (605) 373-2016.