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Civic Center transforms for Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

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Rapid City's largest venue is making room for vendors, a trade show, livestock, and more; and it's a process full of many tasks for many hands. 

"The Civic Center hires a couple hundred extra people throughout the stock show," said Stock Show General Manager, Ron Jeffries. "We are very fortunate that we got a lot volunteers that work with us."

When the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo makes it's way to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on January 31st, Jeffries says farmers and ranchers from 17 different states will come to Rapid City.

"It's really a regional show," said Jeffries. "And really draws people in from a big area."

Many moving parts are required to transform the building into a place for farmers and ranchers. The biggest project: turning the Barnett Arena into rodeo grounds. 

"We have around seven or eight loads of sand coming in that we're going to add to the dirt to try to keep in moist and loose," said Head of Maintenance of the Civic Center, Steve Burgad. "Make it as smooth as we can for the cowboys." 

It was anything but smooth when Burgad was dumping the dirt yesterday. 

"It took a little bit longer because we shut down a couple times because the wind was so bad and we were creating a mess that we decided to wait until the wind broke down," said Burgad. "And we came in a couple of evenings and worked through the night." 

Once all 75 truck loads of dirt were emptied into the arena, the next step was flattening the huge piles.

Tickets for the Stock Show are available at the Civic Center's box office or by calling 394-4111.

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