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The Mayor's Round-Up and Sale of Champions

The Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions is the culmination of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Business leaders from across the community gather to show their support for the ag industry by participating in a dinner, livestock auction and silent auction.

The program features a presentation of the Supreme Champion bull and heifer from the week’s purebred shows, an auction of the best market livestock and recognition of the 2022 Farm Family of the Year and Agribusiness Citizen of the Year.

The Mayor's Round-Up and Sale of Champions

Friday, January 28, 2022
Expo Center (north side), W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
5 p.m. Social, 6 p.m. Dinner,
7 p.m. Program/Auction

The Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions will again occur at the north end of the Expo Center on the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The large venue has ample space for maximum attendance potential. The silent auction will go back to its original format where buyers will bid on items donated by local businesses while attending the event. Bidding will close on silent auction items during the program at the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions. All proceeds from the silent auction go to fund scholarships for youth exhibitors.

The Sale of Champions is a big incentive for youth producers to attend the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. In 2020, more than $80,000 in premiums was paid out to 25 market livestock producers. A successful Sale of Champions encourages these youth livestock exhibitors to return to the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, as well as pursue a career in the agricultural industry.

As a business, when you participate in the Sale of Champions, you demonstrate your support for agriculture. Buyers who participate in the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions are paying a premium to the market livestock producer. This means you are not purchasing the animal on which you are bidding, rather the dollar amount is in addition to the market price they receive for their animal.

Livestock premiums can be purchased by cooperative bidders to increase buying power. Partnering with another business is a great way to bump up the premiums for the young producers. Contact a member of the Chamber’s Agribusiness Pillar if you would like more information on how to partner.

2020 Sale of Champions Wall of Fame

First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard

South Dakota Corn

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Regional Livestock

Avera Health

Dacotah Bank

2019 Sale of Champions Wall of Fame

South Dakota Corn

Avera Health

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Triumph Foods

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Regional Livestock

Performance Plus Liquids

Compeer Financial

Nutra Blend

Campbell’s

Dacotah Bank

The Hanor Company

Silent & Live Auctions

The Sioux Empire Livestock Show Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to youth who have participated as exhibitors at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show.

Proceeds from the Silent and Live Auctions at the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions funds the Sioux Empire Livestock Show Scholarship Fund. All items on the auctions have been donated by local businesses. There are a variety of items to appeal to both rural and urban attendees.

You can support the Scholarship Fund by:

  • Bidding on Silent Auction items
  • Participating in the Live Auction, which will take place right before the Sale of Champions
  • Donating to the Scholarship Fund


The Sioux Empire Livestock Show Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to youth who have participated as exhibitors at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Agriculture is South Dakota’s largest industry, and it faces many of the same workforce challenges as other industries across the state. The Agribusiness Division of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce awards these scholarships as a way to encourage and support the future workforce in agribusiness.

Thank you for your support!