Farm and Home Show Up For Grabs

WSACD seeks interested community members, organizations to take over management of event 

Citing a lack of volunteers and a shift toward economic development, Wessington Springs Area Chamber and Development (WSACD) Director, Loree Gaikowski announced this month that the organization will no longer host the annual Farm and Home Show.  

“We get a very limited set up and tear down time in the gym and you have to have many volunteers available to set up at that specific time frame,” Gaikowski explained about the event that has historically been held on Presidents’ Day. “We also need volunteers to help vendors carry their booth contents in and we simply can’t get enough people to help.”

Gaikowski also points to a shift in focus and priorities for WSACD.  

“The board had a hard conversation about where our focus lies as an organization," Gaikowski stated. “We have Ribfest, which is a major fundraiser, as well as Pheasant Fest. Our focus is to raise funds twice a year, then take the rest of the year to work for our businesses, our community and focus on true economic development and not just fundraisers.” 

Gaikowski said she and the board recognize the fact that the Farm and Home show is an important event for the community but the board felt it was time to move on.

“We are placing our focus on where we are needed most in the community,” she said. “Focusing on business retention, housing projects and getting more involved with legislation in Pierre.”  

Gaikowski said that WSACD would help with promotion of the Farm and Home Show if an interested community member or organization would like to take it on in the future. 

“If someone in the community wants to take it on and manage it, we will share every bit of knowledge and help promote the Farm and Home Show in any way we can.”