Stock show vendors say weather brought less business

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© Spurs from a vendor at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo © Spurs from a vendor at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo
RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The party’s over at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo has wrapped up year number 60.

Similar to last year, weather played a role in attendance numbers, as vendors noticed a decrease in shoppers over the weekend - most likely due to cold temperatures and icy roads. Despite a slow end to the events, vendors said they had good sales throughout the week.

"We [were] hoping for a good last weekend,” said Shawn Barber, owner of Barber Designs. “But we really didn't quite see it this year. First weekend was very goo. Good weather definitely brought out a lot of people. Good results, good crowds, good sales, everything like that."

Vendors looking for clients were happy with the exposure.

"It was really neat to see people come through that door and come to my booth as word-of-mouth through the show,” said Lindsay Engle, owner of the Ramblin Tin Gypsy. “It's going to be huge. And next year I’ll be here again, and they'll come looking for me."

An estimated 331,000 people attended this year's Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.

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