The 36th annual Ag Appreciation Day will be held in conjunction with the Sioux Empire Fair on Wednesday, August 7. Ag producers from around the region are invited to visit the fair and enjoy a free lunch. The event is organized by the Agri-Business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
Event chair Nick Langerock, Raven Industries, Inc., describes the day as a chance to recognize the role area farmers and ranchers play in the Sioux Falls economy.
"South Dakota is special in that no matter where you live, chances are you were either raised or have ties to agriculture. It is the core economic driver to South Dakota, which is why it will always be an agriculture-first state," said Langerock. "We always look forward to Ag Appreciation Day to see familiar faces, catch up on how things are going and show our gratitude for continuing to make South Dakota one of the hardest working and productive states in the country."
More than 3,000 local farmers attended in 2018. More than 125 area businesses support the event financially, and more than 300 volunteers participate in serving the meal.
The Agri-Business Division Chair Larry Healy, Campbell's, said, "We cannot thank farmers enough for their hard work and dedication in putting food on our tables. It truly is an honor and privilege to volunteer at Ag Appreciation Day."
Lunch will consist of pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and drinks. There will be live music and entertainment, plus raffle drawings for those present. Ag producers may request an admission ticket by contacting the Chamber at (605) 336-1620.