Black Hills Stock Show wraps up
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The 2020 Black Hills Stock Show has officially wrapped up, and organizers say the nine days of sales, competitions and exhibits added up to another great year.
The sheep have been sheered, the cattle have been sold, and the petting zoo is all packed up. This year one of the heavy hitters was the horse show, reaching a record number of sales. The sale was moved to the Kjerstad Event Center this year, to avoid issues with transporting the horses back and forth, which proved to be a good move for the stock show. New this year was the youth livestock show.
“A very well received first year event. We expect that event will double in size next year. It will definitely be a two day show and should draw lots of families in that first weekend” said Ron Jeffries, General Manager for the Black Hills Stock Show.
With the new civic center under construction there were a few hiccups, but none the less, it was a still a successful show.
“Traffic was sporadic at times I would say during and throughout the week. I think definitely there was some impact from perceptions a construction site might make less parking available, I think we had that from a local stand point. We certainly had some differences due to weather and from the agriculture economy.” said Jeffries.
Throughout the nearly two weeks of the show hundreds of vendors, visitors, and ranchers come to town, boosting the local economy. With so many people coming to town at once it take a lot of stock show employees and volunteers to make it all happen
“If we didn’t have the help from all the volunteers that help from our board of directors down to our last volunteer, down to our last sponsors it’d be a tough thing to pull this show off” said Jeffries.
These volunteers and civic center employees are also responsible for the breakdown of the show. The stock show takes two weeks to set up, but due to constant activity at the civic center, crews break it down in just two days.
“We’re down to the last booth being cleared out and the civic center has done a great job of getting this venue clean and they’re getting ready because Wednesday they start to move in for a sports show so it’s a very very quick turnover for the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center” said Jeffries.