History of the Sioux Empire Farm Show

History of the 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 $25.6 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 $3 million.

Since 1954, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring one of the best farm shows in the upper Midwest. Approximately 18,000 people attended the five-day show in 1954, and the event continued to grow each year. The initial farm show goals were as follows:

 • To develop a closer and more friendly and cooperative working relationship between the city of Sioux Falls and the agricultural area and agricultural interests of the Sioux Empire.

 • To improve the quality of livestock and the efficiency of the livestock producer within the Sioux Empire area.

 • To provide to farmers and stockmen educational programs and agricultural exhibits revealing new and improved technology for accomplishing the highest degree of farming and feedlot production efficiency.

 • To achieve, through a close rural-urban working relationship, an upgraded agricultural economy, to a degree that will reflect favorably upon individual, business, industry and community prosperity.

The Sioux Empire Farm Show is one of several ag-related events hosted in Sioux Falls each year. It is hailed as one of the largest feeder steer shows in the nation. Six breeds of cattle compete for the $12,000 Supreme Row purse. It features the best regional market livestock shows and sales and plenty of commercial exhibits.

Since 1998, the Chamber has partnered with Midwest Shows, Inc., for the commercial exhibitor farm show events. Headquartered in Austin, Minn., Midwest Shows sells commercial exhibit space for the show. The commercial exhibit portion of the two shows is called the "Sioux Falls Farm Show," with both shows being featured as "Sioux Falls Salute to Agriculture." The Sioux Falls Farm Show exhibits are a three-day show.

In addition to the numerous purebred and market shows that take place during the week, the Chamber also sponsors several special events:

Supreme Row: The $12,000 Supreme Row competition is sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor (gold), Wells Fargo Bank (silver), and Campbell Supply Co. (bronze). This competition is for purebred cattle. The purse is split between the buyer and the consignor of the animal that places at the top in this highly competitive best of all breeds award of both the bulls and heifers.

Mayor´s Round-Up and Sale of Champions: Since 1998, Sioux Falls´ very own Mayor has participated in the Sale of Champions. For several decades now, the Sioux Falls business community has supported area producers by bidding on the best livestock from the Farm Show and paying a premium to the producers. The top market steers, market swine, market lambs and market goats are featured in this fun event.

The success of the Farm Show is directly related to the efforts of several area businesses, individuals and producers who devote their time and talents. The Sioux Empire Farm Show recognizes the many ways agriculture has impacted the economy, local citizens and the entire community.

For more information about the Sioux Empire Farm Show, contact Holly Rader, Agri-Business Division Manager of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, at (605) 373-2016.

Purchase Sale of Champions Tickets

The Mayor's Round-up & Sale of Champions is held each year on the Friday of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Business leaders from the region gather for a social evening with dinner and a program and auction to follow.

Purchase tickets at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show office,
Call (605) 373-2010, email Valerie here.

The Sioux Empire Livestock Show

Since 1954, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring one of the best Livestock Shows in the upper Midwest. Over the years the show has grown to include the best market and purebred livestock from across the region as well as the latest in agricultural commercial exhibits.

Sioux Falls rolls out the red carpet to welcome these visitors – estimated at more than 30,000 throughout the week. The annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show is a great way for South Dakota´s largest city to recognize the impact that agriculture continues to have in our community.