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Dakotafest canceled for Tuesday

The opening of this year's Dakotafest will have to wait. Officials early Tuesday morning announced the first day of Dakotafest in Mitchell has been canceled due to weather conditions and concern for the safety of those attending. Samantha Castro,...

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The opening of this year’s Dakotafest will have to wait.

Officials early Tuesday morning announced the first day of Dakotafest in Mitchell has been canceled due to weather conditions and concern for the safety of those attending.

Samantha Castro, marketing manager with IdeaAg Group, which puts on the show, said the threat of severe weather throughout the day Tuesday forced the show’s opening day to be canceled. The show will reopen on Wednesday at 9 a.m., at the Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell.

“Really, the number one factor was the concern about the people’s safety,” she said. “With the chance of lightning, we just can’t take chances with the safety of our attendees.”

This is the 20th year of Dakotafest, which started in 1996, and Castro said it appears it’s the first time in show history a day of events has been canceled. She also acknowledged the irony of the cancellation, especially considering that farmers like to attend on cool or even rainy days.

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“It’s always about 110 degrees and dry,” she joked. “We’ve had years where it’s rained but never really anything with the heavy rains and the high winds.”

The announcement of the show’s cancellation on Tuesday came shortly before 8:30 a.m., when Mitchell had already received more than 1 inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. Exhibitors and other officials were on the showgrounds when the announcement was made and Castro said it meant sending people back to their homes or hotels.

“You hate to do it but Mother Nature forced our hand a little bit,” she said.

By 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mitchell already received more than 1 inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. The city is forecasted to receive rain all day Tuesday and the weather is unseasonably cool for mid-August.

About 550 exhibitors at Dakotafest this year and typically, 30,000 people attend the show over three days. Castro said she still expects that figure to be accurate, this time over two days.

“We’re hoping that the cooler weather brings out the people on Wednesday and Thursday and considering we’re going to have people who couldn’t make it today, I think we’ll still have a good crowd here,” she said.

Tickets for Dakotafest are not specific to a certain day of the show, so those with tickets are free to use them on Wednesday and Thursday.

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