Moments at the Dakota Farm Show in Siouxland, USD at Vermillion, SD

18 Jan
A vender checks his phone during a slow start on the last day of the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in the Dakota Dome Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Every January in Siouxland the Dakota Farm Show takes place at the Dakota Dome on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. All types of mostly agricultural type vendors attend to show interested parties, mostly farmers and those of like minds, what goods might help make their lives more productive and easier to pursue.

The start of the last day of the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in the Dakota Dome Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Friends catch up at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in the Dakota Dome Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

This year it seemed attendance was limited at the farm show because of bad winter storm weather that occurred during the week of the event. A winter storm sweeping across the entire United States and bringing very cold temperatures, blowing wind and snow storms that dumped tremendous amounts of the white stuff in various parts of Siouxland. Although speaking to some vendors attendance picked up the middle day of the three day event when the wind wasn’t blowing the snow as hard and the sun began peaking out from behind grey, cloudy skies.

One interesting note, although I didn’t photograph it, was one young woman reading a book, while most others, of all ages, were perusing their phones while waiting for folk to stop by and see what products might interest them. And missing this year from past years were large tractors with tires standing taller than most people and other “large scale” equipment pieces, except for a shed installation. It is understandable though that traveling in challenging weather conditions is less than ideal for some inventory compared to just moving smaller boxes to set up a display. And interests and products change from year to year, depending on the needs of those agricultural people (read farmers) who use it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

One company built a steel structure for display at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in the Dakota Dome Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Sharing a joke with friends at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in the Dakota Dome Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A little business as the crowd picks up on the last day of the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD in the Dakota Dome Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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