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Since 1954, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring one of the best Livestock Shows in the upper Midwest. Over the years the show has grown to include the best market and purebred livestock from across the region as well as the latest in agricultural commercial exhibits.
Sioux Falls rolls out the red carpet to welcome these visitors – estimated at more than 30,000 throughout the week. The annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show is a great way for South Dakota's largest city to recognize the impact that agriculture continues to have in our community.
The Sioux Empire Livestock Show MissionThe Sioux Empire Livestock Show promotes and celebrates agriculture
Each year in January, area agricultural producers and the members of the Sioux Falls area business community gather to participate in a variety of events that highlight the importance of agriculture in the region. As a $25.6 billion industry in South Dakota, agriculture definitely impacts the Sioux Falls area economy. More than 30,000 people attend the Show each year, with an estimated economic impact of $3 million.
Since 1954, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring one of the best shows in the upper Midwest. Approximately 18,000 people attended the five-day show in 1954, and the event continued to grow each year. The 65-year regional tradition in agriculture received a new name in 2018; however, the goals of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show (SELS) remain much the same as when the event first debuted as the Sioux Empire Farm Show. The Show seeks to strengthen the ties between the urban and agricultural communities, support livestock producers and exhibitors, provide educational programs and exhibits, and promote the importance of agriculture in our region.
In addition to the purebred and market shows that take place during the week, the Show features a Draft Horse and Pony Pull Contest, rabbit show, commercial exhibits, and industry leader presentations.
The SELS hosts purebred shows/sales for six breeds of cattle: Angus; Charolais; Hereford; Limousin; Red Angus; and Simmental. These six breeds of cattle compete for the $12,000 Supreme Row purse. The $12,000 Supreme Row competition is sponsored by the Tri-State Neighbor (gold), Wells Fargo Bank (silver), and Campbell's (bronze). The purse is split between the buyer and the consignor of the Supreme Champions (bull and heifer) of the purebred cattle show.