the 66th Annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show will be held Jan. 22-26, 2019 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. The event is free and open to the public.

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to come through Sioux Falls for the show, bringing more than $3 million into the city. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show is sponsored by the Agri-Business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Tyler Urban of The First National Bank in Sioux Falls is the Chair of the 2019 event.

The Livestock Show officially kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. in the Expo Building on the fairgrounds. Shows and sales take place throughout the week, including purebred cattle shows and sales, feeder heifer and steer shows, breeding heifer show, market barrow and gilt show, market goat show, market lamb show and open rabbit show. A complete schedule of livestock shows and sales is available at http://siouxempirelivestockshow.com/showSchedule.cfm

A Draft Horse Pull will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The admission charge for this event is $5; ages 6 and under are free.

A trade show takes place in the north end of the Expo Building Jan. 23-25. Each day will feature guest speakers and educational activities, in addition to vendors displaying agriculture products and services.

The livestock events will culminate with the Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions Friday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Exhibit Hall. The Sale of Champions allows 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 market steers, swine, lambs and goats. Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken will participate in the event. Auctioneers, Joel Westra and Pete Atkins, and emcees Jim Schmidt, Mike Begeman and Jim Woster will lead the sale. A silent auction will raise funds for a scholarship for a Sioux Empire Livestock Show youth exhibitor.