The Sioux Falls Stockyards Ag Experience opened its doors March 1 with a ribbon cutting.
It was a packed house at the old horse barn at Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls. Board members and executive director Jennifer Hoesing were on hand to greet visitors, many of whom worked at the stockyards or sold livestock through it.
The Stockyards Ag Experience Barn consists of the history of the Sioux Falls Stockyards on the top floor and farm to table exhibits on the bottom floor. The barn opened to the public March 2.
Jim Woster, president of the board for the Stockyards Ag Experience, has big plans for the future for developing 3.7 acres on the old site of the stockyards. Those plans include a main entry with parking, replica of the stockyards pens with a history wall, trees, flowers, native grasses, benches, picnic shelter, activity area and observation deck. Development of the plaza is slated for 2018.
Admission to the barn is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-17 and free for children younger than 3 years old. The barn is open year-round but hours vary. From November through March the barn is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Mondays, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. April through October the barn is open Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-6 p.m. and closed Tuesdays.
Find more information at www.stockyardsagexperience.org.