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Despite pandemic, Black Hills Stock Show is on

February 1, 2021 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Black Hills Stock Show is underway in South Dakota with new events and new safety protocols to guard against the coronavirus.

The Rapid City Journal reports that some other big livestock shows have been canceled due to the pandemic, but organizers of the Black Hills show moved ahead.

Ron Jeffries, general manager of the show, said inquiries were coming in from farther away than usual, especially from people interested in the youth livestock show and horse sale. Jeffries said masks and hand sanitizer are being provided to participants. Some events in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center also have set aside sections for socially distanced seating.

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New events this year include a sheep and goat show for youth, the stock show’s first ever virtual Longhorn sale, and a wool judging event with collegiate teams from five states.

Jeffries said vendor numbers and ticket sales were slightly down as the event began. The event runs through next Sunday.