Hats off to all the volunteers and staff who made this year’s 62nd Annual Black Hills Stock Show a huge success.
It all started back in 1958 when members of the Rapid City Chamber Ag Committee had a meeting at Rapid City Laundry to discuss a plan for the future.
They wanted to incorporate rural lifestyles into the urban community of Rapid City. It was at that laundromat the first plans for the Black Hills Winter Show were formed.
The first Winter Show was held at the Central States Fairgrounds. Only three breeds of cattle were shown that year - Angus, Hereford and shorthorn; however, the first years showed potential for the winter extravaganza as it slowly grew, adding more breeds of cattle year after year.
Today, the traditions of the Black Hills Stock Show continue with 10 breeds of cattle sales, a two-day horse sale, the Hutchison Western Stallion Row along with more than 300 vendors, and seminars to encourage both livestock producers, horse enthusiasts and the run of the mill city folk to enjoy the western extravaganza.
Although cattle are king at the event, the Stock Show also includes
sheep dog trials, the National Sheep Shearing Championships, an art show, concerts and more.
This year a youth livestock show was added to the Stock Show. The junior point show was open to 13 breeds of steers and heifers. In its first year, the junior show drew 130 registered youth showing 180 cattle.
“With the numbers we had we’re probably looking at going to a two-day show next year,” said Black Hills Stock Show General Manager Ron Jeffries.
Jeffries said he believes the youth livestock show is an investment in the future of the Black Hills Stock Show.
“People don’t start showing livestock at age 30. They start when they’re young. We were one of the few stock shows that didn’t have a youth livestock event. If we start them and support them when they’re young, then we’re building the next generation of Black Hills Stock Show exhibitors,” he said.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Stock Show. More than 300 people dedicate time and resources to make this event a success year after year.
Congratulations on a job well done.
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