Black Hills Stock Show wraps up
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The sheep have been sheered, the cattle have been sold, and the petting zoo is all packed up.
The 2020 Black Hills Stock Show has officially wrapped up for the season. It was nine days of competing, sales, and a variety of activities for all ages.
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, 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 the 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, the general manager of the show.
With the new civic center under construction there were a few hiccups, but nonetheless it was 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 standpoint. We certainly had some differences due to weather and from the ag 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 takes 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,” said Jeffries.