The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Sioux Empire Livestock Show is an annual celebration of the importance of agriculture in the region. Each January, agricultural producers and members of the Sioux Falls area business community gather to participate in a variety of events, from livestock shows and sales, to junior judging competitions and a trade show.
As a $25.6 billion industry in South Dakota, agriculture directly impacts the Sioux Falls area economy. The success of the Livestock Show is directly related to the efforts of several area businesses, individuals and producers who devote their time and talents to the event. More than 30,000 people attend the Sioux Empire Livestock Show each year, with an estimated economic impact of $3 million.
The Sioux Empire Livestock Show is hailed as one of the largest feeder steer shows in the region. Six breeds of cattle compete for the $12,000 Supreme Row purse. The show features the best regional market livestock shows and sales and plenty of commercial exhibits.
Coinciding with the Sioux Empire Livestock Show is the Sioux Falls Farm Show on January 23-25. This commercial exhibition is organized by Midwest Shows, Inc. and takes place at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center and Arena. It features over 320 exhibitors and more than 1,000 product lines.
The Sioux Empire Livestock Show hosts a trade show and exhibitor space that fills the north end of the Expo Building at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Together, both shows are featured as "Sioux Falls' Salute to Agriculture."
The name of Sioux Empire Livestock Show was changed in 2018; it was previously known as the Sioux Empire Farm Show. The Show's purpose remains the same as when it began in 1954: to strengthen the ties between the urban and agricultural communities, support livestock producers and exhibitors, provide educational programs and exhibits, and promote the importance of agriculture in our region.