Ag Appreciation Day to be held August 5
The 37th annual Ag Appreciation Day will be held in conjunction with the Sioux Empire Fair on Wednesday, August 5. Ag producers from around the region are invited to visit the fair and enjoy a free lunch. The event is organized by the Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls 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.
“In times like this, I think we are all thankful to live in a community that is surrounded by agriculture and the hard-working and moral ethics it has instilled in us. The world keeps throwing challenges at our farming communities, and we can learn a lot from their resiliency to succeed,” said Langerock. “Ag Appreciation Day is a platform for the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber and its members to thank the farming community and a way to show that we stand behind them. We are so thankful for the many ways our state’s farmers contribute to our livelihoods.”
About 3,000 local farmers attended the Ag Appreciation Day lunch in 2019. More than 125 area businesses support the event financially and more than 300 volunteers participate in serving the meal.
In light of COVID-19, Agribusiness Division leadership has implemented additional guidelines to encourage attendee confidence and volunteer safety. Servers will be required to wear a mask and gloves, and the layout of the outside event will be more spacious than in years past. A notable change is that this year there will not be meal tickets. In the past, paper tickets were required for each meal but these will not be used this year in order to avoid direct contact between attendees and volunteers.
Lunch will consist of pork sandwiches, chips and drinks. Smithfield Foods is supplying the pork for the meal. There will be live music, sponsored in part by the Tri-State Neighbor, and free gate admission until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5 is made possible by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.