Here’s why the Black Hills Sports Show and Outdoor Expo is about more than just outdoor activities

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Black Hills Sports Show and Outdoor Expo just kicked off on Friday, February 10 at The Monument. The show will run through the weekend hosting almost 100 vendors and plenty of family-friendly activities. Yes, there are a lot of vendors, but the main focus of the sports show is supporting kids.

The true meaning

For 41 years, the Black Hills Sports Show and Outdoor Expo has a non-profit event that supports local youth organizations. Every year, all of the proceeds during the three day event are donated to multiple organizations.

“For 41 years, you know, this event has been raising money for kids right here in the Rapid City area,” said Christian Hagen, Executive Director for South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures.

The organizations are South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures, the Naja Shrine Transportation Fund, and the Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club.

To help raise even more money for those organizations, there is also a live and silent auction taking place on Saturday Night in The Cowboy Bar. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and the auction starts at 7:00 pm.

“It’s just really cool that all these proceeds go to help these three youth nonprofits right here in Rapid City,” Hagen said.

Check out all of the fun things to see on the first day!

Family-friendly activities

There are Strider Bikes available for kids to ride. Black Hills Paintball even brought in some jelly blasters and set up a paintball course.

There is also a Best Buck or Bull contest, where you can bring in antlers or horns from this past season and have them graded for free. If you enter, you could win some prizes, including gift cards or even a new rifle.

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