Strong livestock sales at the 61st annual Black Hills Stock Show

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Attendance at this year's Black Hills Stock Show took a bit of a hit early on due to weather. But sales were strong.

About 225,000 people attended the 61st Black Hills Stock Show.

In 2019, 111 horses were sold, slightly less than last year. But the overall national average for horse sales landed South Dakota a spot in the top three. The highest horse was sold at $35,000.

The cold weather affected attendance but not for too long.

"It was tough for a lot of people to get here. The weather in Rapid City wasn't as bad but the rest of the state, Nebraska, North Dakota were kind of rough. So we saw some numbers off that first weekend," says Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer.

But Baltzer says as the week went on numbers started to increase.

And when it comes to cattle, nearly 360 were sold in 2019. A 6 percent increase from 2018.

The Black Hills Stock Show general manager, Ron Jeffries, plans to add a few more youth programs to the show next year.

"And events that involve youth. If you get events to bring the youth give them a chance to participate, parents drive a long way for their kids to be able to participate in this kind of event," says Jeffries.