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The 2024 Sioux Empire Livestock Show

The Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce organizes and hosts the Sioux Empire Livestock Show each January at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The 2024 show will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and run through Sunday, Jan. 28.

Now in its 71st year, the show features more than 1,000 agricultural exhibits throughout the week of the annual event. People travel from around the country to buy and sell elite purebred cattle, watch the junior livestock shows and visit the trade show.

The trade show is set up on the north side of the Expo Building and runs Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 24-25. The event features exhibits ranging from agricultural products, animal supplies and agricultural services to western clothing boutiques, and home goods essentials. Attendees can visit with industry experts from across the Sioux Empire.

All events associated with the Sioux Empire Livestock Show are free to attend. Whether you are returning to your agricultural roots or getting your first introduction to South Dakota’s largest industry, the Livestock Show is a fun way to support agriculture in our area.

Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions

The Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions is the culmination of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Business leaders from across the community gather to show their support for the agriculture industry by participating in a dinner, livestock auction and silent auction benefiting youth exhibitors.

The program features a presentation of the Supreme Champion bull and heifer from the week’s purebred shows, an auction of the top 25 market livestock and recognition of the 2024 Farm Family of the Year and the 2024 Agribusiness Citizen of the Year. In addition, a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses will be held. All proceeds from the silent auction go to fund scholarships for youth exhibitors for future post-secondary endeavors.

The Sale of Champions is a big incentive for youth exhibitors to attend the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. In 2023, more than $107,000 in premiums was paid out to 25 market livestock producers. A successful Sale of Champions encourages these youth livestock exhibitors to return to the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, as well as pursue a career in the agricultural industry.

As a business, when you participate in the Sale of Champions, you demonstrate your support for agriculture. Buyers who participate in the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions are paying a premium to the youth exhibitor. This means you are not purchasing the animal on which you are bidding, rather the dollar amount is in addition to the final market price they receive for their animal.

Livestock premiums can be purchased by cooperative bidders to increase buying power. Partnering with another business is a great way to bump up the premiums for the youth exhibitors. Contact a member of the Chamber’s Agribusiness Division if you would like more information on how to partner.