2017 Pipestone Discovery Barn
The Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD took place on August 4th through August 13th. For the past 4 years, Dakota Layers has been the poultry sponsor in the Pipestone Discovery Barn. The barn gives fairgoers a firsthand look at livestock, agriculture and an opportunity to experience it in person. In addition, fairgoers could witness a live cow or sow give birth, bottle feed a calf, or watch baby chicks hatch. Once again, our baby chicks were among the top highlights in the barn.
Poultry Day was on August 11th and activities included an egg toss, wheel of poultry trivia and egg on a stick samples. The famous egg chair was back again giving people a chance to win a year supply of eggs. Another great year in the books at the fair!
Feeding SD Donation 2017
Since 2008, Feeding South Dakota has relied heavily on donated eggs from Dakota Layers to help serve quality protein to hungry families. “Protein is probably the most difficult nutritious product for us to get our hands on and so much of it has to do with just the fact that most protein is perishable,” says Matt Gassen, CEO, Feeding South Dakota. Through this unique relationship, Feeding South Dakota has received over 35,000 pounds of eggs from Dakota Layers over the years. But due to the bird flu outbreak in May of 2015, donations ceased while the farm took the necessary steps to completely rebuild its 1.3 million laying hen population. “Dakota Layers has shown such a commitment to our organization that even in the face of total loss, they committed to donate again just two short years later because they understand our guest’s need for protein,” Gassen says.
Over the past months, Dakota Layers partnered with South Dakota State University Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. For every free throw made in Frost Arena, Dakota Layers donated a dozen of eggs to Feeding South Dakota. This year, 632 free throws were made and because of the generosity of Dakota Layers, they have increased their total donation to 900 dozen or 10,800 eggs. This amount of eggs will feed approximately 900 families. “We are so happy to help make a difference in fighting hunger in South Dakota,” states Jason Ramsdell, Executive Vice President.
Dakota Layers proudly donated a pallet (900 dozen) of eggs on Tuesday, April 11th to Feeding South Dakota. “On the eve of the Easter weekend, to have 900 dozen eggs being donated is phenomenal for us,” Gassen said. “In spite of their own pain and suffering, they still think of others that are less fortunate. We’re incredibly humbled their gift,” Gassen said.
And we hope we can continue to give to Feeding South Dakota for years to come. “It definitely feels good to be back and producing eggs again and doing what we know best,” Ramsdell said.
2017 Ag Day at the Washington Pavilion
For the third year, Dakota Layers participated and sponsored Ag Day as well as Ag Friday for 3rd graders. This was a great opportunity to communicate with children and their families the importance of agriculture and all that it provides. For Ag Friday, there were 400 3rd graders and 48 teachers/chaperones. 2,500 people were in attendance at At Day on Saturday, March 18th – a record as far as we know! Highlight of this year was the 9 baby chicks that hatched.
2016 Pipestone Discovery Barn
The Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD took place on August 5th through August 14th. For the past 3 years, Dakota Layers has been the poultry sponsor in the Pipestone Discovery Barn. The barn gives fairgoers a firsthand look at livestock, agriculture and an opportunity to experience it in person. In addition, fairgoers could witness a live cow or sow give birth, bottle feed a calf, or watch baby chicks hatch. This year, our baby chicks and laying hens were back, and the fairgoers were egg’cited to see them again!
Poultry Day was August 10th and activities included an egg toss, egg spoon race and egg on a stick samples. In addition, we added an egg chair where people could snap a photo and upload to our Facebook page for a chance to win a year supply of eggs. Fairgoers loved this “selfie” spot. Thank you to the volunteers, organizers and all who stopped by this year – we’ll see you in 2017!
2016 Ag Day at the Washington Pavilion
Dakota Layers was privileged to sponsor and exhibit our baby chicks at the 13th annual Ag Day on March 19th. In celebration of National Agriculture Week, the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls hosts an Ag Day giving children and families a wonderful opportunity to learn about agriculture’s significance – in South Dakota and beyond. It’s a great event that allows the public to truly see where their food comes from. Over 2,200 people came through within 4 hours, and over 50 exhibitors were present.
In addition to Ag Day, we participated in Ag Friday where about 500 3rd graders and close to 60 chaperons interacted with our chicks and learned about the egg industry. We handed out silly putty eggs, stickers, candy and egg fact cards; we also had our wheel of poultry for those who wanted to test their poultry knowledge. Several commented that our exhibit was their favorite!
2015 Discovery Barn at the Sioux Empire Fair
With the devastating Avian Influenza virus, no birds were allowed at this years fair. However, Dakota Layers was still able to educate the public on the egg industry. We also had an entire day dedicated to poultry called Egg’sactly Good 4U. We did egg painting, had a Wheel of Poultry with poultry facts, egg tosses throughout the day and a Cutest Little Chick contest.
July 4th 2015 Cutest Little Chick Contest – Moody County
Thank you to all of our little chick participants who braved the heat to showcase their inner chick! Congratulations to our Cutest Little Chick Finnley Davis, the 5 month old daughter of Kenneth and Brittany Davis. Congratulations to our 2nd place winner Hudson Godes, the 10 month old son of Sarah Hemmer and Bob Godes. And congratulations to our 3rd place winner Nora Ramsdell, the 4 month old daughter of Jason and Tracy Ramsdell.
2015 Ag Day at the Washington Pavilion
Thank you to all who celebrated the 12th Annual Ag Day with us. This free event gave children and families a wonderful opportunity to learn about agriculture’s significance – in South Dakota and beyond. We showcased our adorable, baby chicks and educated the general population on where their food comes, the egg industry, interesting egg facts and more.
2014 Cutest Little Chick Contest
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our Cutest Little Chick Contest. We look forward to making this an annual event at the Moody County Fair!