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 23
1 - 3 p.m.4H/FFA Invitational Calf Show Check-InGrand Falls Casino Ring
4 - 5 p.m.Purebred Consignors Meeting & Check-InNorthside of Expo Building
4:30 p.m.71st Annual SELS Ribbon CuttingBackdrop Area
6 p.m.4-H/FFA Invitational Calf ShowGrand Falls Casino Ring
Wednesday, January 24
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.Purebred Cattle ShowsBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring & Grand Falls Casino Ring
9 a.m.Trade Show OpensNorthside of Expo Building
1 - 5 p.m.Purebred Cattle SalesSale Ring
4 - 6 p.m.Junior Market Hog Check-InSmithfield Foods Ring
5 p.m.Trade Show ClosesNorthside of Expo Building
6 p.m.Supreme Row JudgingBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
6:30 p.m.Supreme Row SocialSale Ring
Thursday, January 25
8 a.m.Junior Market Hog ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
8 a.m.Trade Show OpensNorthside of Expo Building
8 a.m.Junior Market Beef Check-InCheck-In Area
1-3 p.m.Junior Prospect Calf Check-InCheck-In Area
2 - 3 p.m.Junior Market Goat & Junior Market Lamb Check-InSmithfield Foods Ring
3 p.m.Junior Market Beef ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
4 p.m.Junior Market Goat ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
6 p.m. Junior Market Lamb ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
6 p.m. Trade Show ClosesNorth side of Expo Building
Friday, January 26
8 a.m.Junior Prospect Calf ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Junior Breeding Heifer Show Check-InCheck-In Area
4:15 p.m.Sale of Champions Exhibitors MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
5 p.m.Mayor's Round-Up SocialNorthside of Expo Building
6 p.m.Sale of Champions Northside of Expo Building
Saturday, January 27
9 a.m.4-H Skill-a-thonNorthside of Expo Building
10 a.m.Junior Breeding Heifer ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
6 p.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging - Coaches MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
Sunday, January 28
7:30 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging - AnnouncementsExpo Building Bleachers
8 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building
NoonCollegiate Livestock Judging Contest – Reasons – Awards & Official Reasons to FollowSoutheast Technical College
12 - 12:45 p.m.4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest Check-InNorthside of Expo Building
1 p.m.4-H/FFA Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building