View livestock and support exhibitors!

Exhibitors from around the region have selected their top-notch livestock to bring to this show and want YOU to come and see them! These exhibitors raise a variety of livestock including cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. Each day is a different species so you will get a new experience no matter which day you visit! The day of the show, exhibitors clean and prep their livestock to look their best for the judge of their respective species. They are divided into classes by weight, age or breed and judged on their structural soundness, ability to move, and their overall appearance. The top individuals in each class get put into a final class where they are judged against each other to see who is the top overall in each species. Come out and pick your favorite species of livestock and root for those in each class that you think should have the chance of winning the top overall honors!

Where We Are

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Sioux Empire Livestock Show operates out of the Expo Building at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. We’re easy to find for both people in town and coming in from the surrounding areas.

From I-29
To North Gate of the Fairgrounds:
Take Exit 80 (Madison Street) and head east. Continue about a half mile until you see the Sioux Empire Fair sign on the south side of the road. Keep in the right hand lane and turn into the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The Expo Building is the large building located toward the south end of the Fairgrounds.

To South Gate of the Fairgrounds:
Take Exit 79 (12 Street) and head east. Get into the left hand lane and after one block, take a left onto Lyon Blvd. Stay to the right and continue into the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The Expo Building is the large building located near this gate.

From Downtown Sioux Falls
Head west on 10th Street, which will become 12th Street. Proceed 1.2 miles, staying in the right lane. Take a right on Lyon Blvd. Stay to the right and continue into the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The Expo Building is the large building located near this gate.

Lodging and Dining

2024 Sioux Empire Livestock Show Host HotelHoliday Inn & Suites Airport

There are many other hotels in Sioux Falls that welcomes visitors and exhibitors as guests. To the right you’ll find a directory of Chamber member hotels and motels as well as a variety of dining options.

2024 Schedule

Barn hours are 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Click here for a printable schedule. Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, January 21
12:00 p.m.Move-In: 4H/FFA Invitational CalvesExpo Building
1:00 p.m.Check-In: 4-H/FFA Invitational Calf ShowCheck-In Area
4:30 p.m.72nd Annual Ribbon CuttingBackdrop Area
5:00 p.m.Purebred Consignor MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
6:00 p.m.4-H/FFA Invitational Calf ShowGrand Falls Casino Ring
Wednesday, January 22
9:00 a.m.Move-In: Junior Market Hogs & Junior Market BeefExpo Building
9:00 a.m.Purebred Cattle ShowsShow Rings
12:30 p.m.Purebred Cattle SalesSale Ring
4:00 p.m.Check-In: Junior Market HogsCheck-In Area
5:30 p.m.Supreme Row JudgingShow Ring
6:00 p.m.Supreme Row SocialSale Ring
Thursday, January 23
8:00 a.m.Junior Market Hog ShowShow Ring
8:30 a.m.Check-In: Junior Market BeefCheck-In Area
9:00 a.m.Move-In: Junior Prospect CalvesExpo Building
11:00 a.m.Move-In: Junior Market Lambs & Junior Market GoatsExpo Building
12:00 p.m.Check-In: Junior Market Lambs & Junior Market GoatsCheck-In Area
2:00 p.m.Check-In: Junior Prospect CalvesCheck-In Area
3:00 p.m.Junior Market Beef ShowShow Ring
4:00 p.m.Junior Market Goat ShowShow Ring
6:00 p.m.Junior Market Lamb ShowShow Ring
Friday, January 24
8:00 a.m.Move-In: Junior Breeding HeifersExpo Building
8:00 a.m.Junior Prospect Calf ShowShow Ring A
9:00 a.m.Junior Prospect Calf ShowShow Ring B
11:00 a.m.Check-In: Junior Breeding HeifersCheck-In Area
4:00 p.m.Sale of Champions Exhibitors MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
5:00 p.m.Mayor's Round-Up SocialNorthside of Expo Building
6:00 p.m.Sale of Champions Northside of Expo Building
Saturday, January 25
9:00 a.m.4-H Skill-a-thonNorthside of Expo Building
10:00 a.m.Junior Breeding Heifer ShowShow Ring A
10:30 a.m.Junior Breeding Heifer ShowShow Ring B
6:00 p.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging - Coaches MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
Sunday, January 26
7:30 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging - AnnouncementsExpo Building Bleachers
8:00 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building
12:00 p.m.Check-In: 4-H/FFA Judging ContestCheck-In Area
1:00 p.m.4-H/FFA Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building