Differing opinions surround the turn out of this year's Black Hills Stock Show. With KOTA territory ranchers still rebuilding after October's blizzard there are questions of what kind of turn out the stockshow will get this year.
The stockshow brings about 300,000 people to Rapid City and they bring their business. Officials from the Black hills Stockshow are confident that the out of state participants will be enough to give the black hills stock show another good year. Others say the locals are what drives the stockshow especially during the week days.
Pam Teller Assistant General Manager of Black hills Stock Show says "again you'll see the stockshow stay strong, because the storm was so localized and we draw from such a large region that it'll be strong it'll be good, we'll get good foot traffic."
Brian Maliske Civic Center General Manager says "local people are an intrical part of the Black Hills stock show and rodeo, again we are very much driven by people coming to us from out of town, people coming from out of state, sometimes out of the country but none the less the local people are still very important to making the Black Hills rodeo successful. "
The Black Hills Stockshow and Rodeo is the single largest event of the year for the Rapid City Civics Center and Fairgrounds. It runs January 31st through February 4th.