More than 40 years ago, my father took me to my first Sioux Empire Farm Show. We each bought a bred Charolais heifer at that show – mine was "FO71", a great cow that raised nice, tall calves. That event still ranks as one of my favorite memories that I cherish today.
...they help support nearly every business in Sioux Falls
The Sioux Empire Farm Show changed its name this year – it is now the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. But the tradition and purpose of the show remain unchanged. It is an outstanding experience for the whole family and a great opportunity to support our partners in the ag industry. You will often see three and sometimes four generations of a farm family sitting around the Expo Building waiting for their turn on the show floor or primping their farm pets for the judges.
If you've never attended the Livestock Show, I invite you to do so this year on Jan. 22-26. Come out and see why approximately 30,000 people are drawn to Sioux Falls by this event. You can view the animals and visit the trade show and commercial exhibits. This occasion in the middle of winter is a great way to interact and observe one of our most important resources.
The Livestock Show, like many activities of the Chamber, would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of volunteers. Many Livestock Show volunteers come from farming backgrounds, but today make their living in other ways. Farming and the agri-business industry are the largest segment of our regional economy and they help support nearly every business in Sioux Falls with customers from rural areas who come to spend their hard-earned money.
As we begin 2019, I'm looking forward to another great Chamber year. Thank you for your continued investment in the economic health and quality of life in our region. Happy New Year!