The 64th Annual Sioux Empire Farm Show will be held Jan. 24-28, 2017 on the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls. Livestock shows and sales as well as commercial exhibits will be held in the Expo Building. Admission is free.
The Sioux Empire Farm Show is sponsored by the Agri- Business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Jo Beal, Beal Distributing, is the 2017 Sioux Empire Farm Show Chair. A strong showing of livestock will highlight the Sioux Empire Farm Show portion of the “Sioux Falls Salute to Agriculture.”
The Show will open Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 4:30 with a Ribbon Cutting. That will be immediately followed by the 4H/FFA Youth Invitational Calf Show beginning at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, begins with the Market Barrow and Gilt Show at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., a full day of purebred cattle shows and sales starts. The Simmental show begins at 8:30 a.m. and sale begins at 11:30 a.m.; the Angus show also begins at 8:30 a.m. and the sale will begin at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26, is another busy day of purebred cattle shows and sales beginning with the Hereford show at 8 a.m. and sale at 11:30 a.m. The Charolais will show at 8 a.m. and sell at 12:30 p.m. The Red Angus will show at 9:30 a.m. and sell at 2 p.m. The Limousin will show at 9:30 a.m. with the sale to begin at 2:45 p.m. The Market Lamb show will begin at 6 p.m. The Feeder Heifer show will begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27 features the culmination of the purebred cattle show and sales with Supreme Row judging at 9 a.m. Six breeds will vie to be named the Supreme Champion bull and heifer with a $12,000 purse at stake. The market goat show will begin at 10:00 a.m. The market beef show begins at 10:30 a.m. The feeder steer show begins at 11:30 a.m. Feeder Steers can show in breed or crossbred divisions.
Saturday, Jan. 28 is the final day of the Sioux Empire Farm Show. Registration for the Youth and Open Rabbit Show begins at 8:30 a.m. The Junior Judging Contest begins at 9 a.m. The Breeding Heifer Show begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Building. Heifers will be measured and tagged that morning. Heifers can show in the purebred or crossbred divisions.
The final event for the 2017 Sioux Empire Farm show is the Draft Horse Pull beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Expo Building. The admission charge for this event is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
The premier event of the Sioux Empire Farm Show is The Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions. This takes place on Friday evening at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel Exhibit Hall. The Sale of Champions allows the buyers and sellers to see the “best of the best” market livestock at an exciting auction. Area businesses and individuals will pay premiums to producers by bidding on the top five market steers, top 10 market swine, top five market lambs and the top five market goats. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will lend a hand in auctioning the Grand Champion Market Steer. Sale of Champions Auctioneers, Joel Westra and Pete Atkins, and emcees Jim Schmidt, Mike Begeman and Jim Woster, will take the reins for the rest of the sale. Also, that evening, several silent auction items have been secured to raise money to continue to fund a scholarship for a Sioux Empire Farm Show exhibitor to be awarded in the spring.
Just prior to the Sale of Champions, the $12,000 Supreme Row Cash Awards will be presented to the consignors of the Grand Champion Bull and Female over all breeds along with the buyers of the animals. The $12,000 purse is provided by Gold Sponsor- the Tri-State Neighbor, Silver Sponsor-Wells Fargo, and Bronze Sponsor-Campbell Supply.
In addition to the livestock exhibits at the Sioux Empire Farm Show, there is a commercial exhibit portion called the “Sioux Falls Farm Show.” Together, these shows are featured as the “Sioux Falls Salute to Agriculture.” Commercial exhibits are run by Midwest Shows, based out of Austin, Minnesota and will be on display in the north end of the Expo Building and at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the Sioux Falls Convention Center and the Sioux Falls Arena. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through commercial exhibit areas at both locations to see the latest in agricultural production. Commercial exhibits are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Jan. 25-27 and on Friday, Jan. 27 the exhibits close at 4 p.m.
The South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service will be offering a series of educational programs as part of the Sioux Falls Farm Show at the Sioux Falls Arena Convention Center on Jan. 25-27. These sessions are open to the public and are offered free of charge. All sessions will be held in Conference Rooms 6 and 7. Topics are as follows:
Wednesday, January 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Crop Production Economics-Jack Davis (SDSU Extension, Crops Business Management Field Specialist)
Thursday, January 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cover Crop Economics and Farmer Panel Discussion-Tong Wang (SDSU Extension Specialist-Economics)
Friday, January 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Weed Resistance-Paul O. Johnson (SDSU Extension Associate-Weed Science)