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Chris Young Cancels Concert; Sanford, Avera, Monument Still Sponsoring Noem Event with No Masks, No Social Distancing…

Chris Young has cancelled the concert Kristi Noem had drafted him to hold at her big indoor superspreader event in Sioux Falls next month:

Chris Young Music, tweet, 2020.09.21.
Chris Young Music, tweet, 2020.09.21.

Young’s Twitter followers sound generally supportive…

Follower replies, Chris Young Music twitter feed, 2020.09.21.
Follower replies, Chris Young Music twitter feed, 2020.09.21.
Follower replies, Chris Young Music Twitter, 2020.09.21.
Follower replies, Chris Young Music Twitter, 2020.09.21.

…or at least that’s the impression I get from a brief scan of the replies at the top. I can take only so much pop-country, not to mention discussion of pop-country.

So sadly de-Younged, superspreader sponsor Sanford Health is still proudly promoting the rest of Governor Noem’s vanity project to turn the Governor’s Hunt into a more urban party:

Sanford Health, tweet, 2020.09.22.
Sanford Health, tweet, 2020.09.22.

…but as one South Dakota observer notes, Sanford, Avera, and Monument Health, the three biggest health systems in the state, are still putting their good names (and some unknown portion of the big money they make curing what ails us) behind an event that advertises absolutely no coronavirus precautions on its website:

Governor Kristi Noem's favorite pose, hiding her eyes with her cap, just as she hides from facts, opposing opinions, South Dakotans in real need....
Governor Kristi Noem’s favorite pose, hiding her eyes with her cap, just as she hides from facts, opposing opinions, South Dakotans in real need…. Sportsmen’s Showcase main webpage, screen capped 2020.09.22.
Sportsmen's Showcase Event Info page, screen capped 2020.09.22.
Sportsmen’s Showcase Event Info page, screen capped 2020.09.22.


You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. See below for visitor information, parking & transportation logistics and exhibitor details. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact us.

showcase visitor information

Is there a cost for admission to the showcase?

Yes, tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of the event.

  • Children (ages 3-16): $4.00 at Gate
  • Adults (ages 17+): $5.00 at Gate
  • Family Pass (Two adults and up to two children): $20.00
What are the showcase hours?
  • Friday, October 23, 2020 | 12:00PM – 8:00PM
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Parking & transportation

Where can I park for the showcase?

The Sioux Falls Convention Center & Arena provides ample free parking around the arena. You can also view and download our detailed parking map.

Is there a cost for parking?

Parking is free in the lots surrounding the Sioux Falls Convention Center & Arena. Please note there are reserved parking spaces at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Please look for reserved parking signs to avoid parking in those spots.


Are there wheelchairs available to rent at the show?

Wheelchairs are available for attendees by stopping by the Sioux Falls Convention Center & Arena office. Please bring a photo ID to the show if you would like to use a wheelchair.

Will there be food available?

Outside food or drink will not be allowed in the convention center. Concession stands will be open inside the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Can I bring pets to the show?

No pets (excluding service animals) are allowed in the Sioux Falls Convention Center & Arena.

Is there an ATM on-site?

Yes, there is an ATM available on-site at the Sioux Falls Arena to obtain cash for any purchases made at cash-only exhibitors.


What types of exhibitors are welcome to the show?

Any exhibitor whose primary sale of goods and/or services specialize around family-friendly outdoor activities.

Where can I sign up to be a featured exhibitor?

Learn more about what it takes to be an exhibitor at Governor Noem’s Sportsmen’s Showcase and sign up here.

What exhibitors will be attending?

Governor Noem’s Sportsmen’s Showcase is a family-friendly trade show specializing in all things outdoors, including hunting, fishing, recreation, and more! We are thrilled to bring a variety of exhibitors to the Sioux Falls Convention Center & Arena and offer something for every outdoor enthusiast!


[Sportsmen’s Showcase, FAQ, copied 2020.09.22]

The Governor’s organizers apparently anticipate some attendees will require wheelchairs and make sure their Frequently Asked Questions page addresses how they will accommodate attendees with such health needs, but they don’t mention any measures being take to prevent those attendees with vulnerable health from increased risk of coronavirus, like requiring masks, spacing out exhibitor booths for social distancing, providing plexiglass shields and hand sanitizer for every exhibitor table, or installing extra fans to enhance ventilation.

Chris Young doesn’t think it’s safe to come congregate indoors in Sioux Falls in October; why, Sanford, Avera, and Monument Health, do you?

If, big hospital CEOs, you just have to be there on October 24 to polish Kristi’s apples, the least you could do for the rest of us is set up free coronavirus testing stations outside in the parking lot.


  1. grudznick 2020-09-22 20:21

    Well, that’s just dandy. grudznick was not looking forward to the country music but now I hear they may just cancel the entire fancy new event in the Sioux Falls place. It would have been better if they kept the hunting the old way and ran it the way Kniep and Janklow did.

  2. jerry 2020-09-22 20:43

    “Healthcare providers” is a bad joke with these guys. They’re profit driven and they have to keep those beds filled man. With smart people wearing masks and taking care of themselves, that leaves the dummies to fill the beds and soak the government for loot. This is the new American way now. As long as “wealthcare” is for profit, what else can these guys do but drive you to their beds just like any other pimp.

  3. Bob Newland 2020-09-22 22:54

    The word “clueless” comes to mind.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-09-23 07:24

    I’d much rather spend Saturday afternoon outdoors, in the fresh air, properly socially distanced from a team of armed hunters, than milling about indoors with a crowd of tourists gawking at junk salesmen are trying to use to separate me from my money.

    And good grief, it will be the second weekend of pheasant season! Why waste a perfectly good weekend indoors when you could actually be outside enjoying the hunt? The time for a big sales expo is before hunting season, when hunters are stocking up on new gear. The concert might have been a nice way to spend the evening after a big day in the field (if there weren’t a pandemic, and assuming you wanted to rush out of the field early, scarf down your dinner, and hurry over to the Arena instead of staying out shooting until sunset, then enjoying a leisurely dinner and drinks), but now that’s canceled, so why bother? Skip the convention center: go out and hunt that weekend, then take your dollars to the small-town lodges and restaurants, which will gain much more from your business than Sioux Falls will.

  5. Wayne 2020-09-23 08:01

    Cory mentions what I never could understand. Pheasant Fest was in February, a wonderful time to whet the appetite of hunters. This shindig is right during prime hunting season. Lodges are booked and wouldn’t have the time / people to occupy a booth. All the dog breeders / trainers I know are hunting. Then all you’ve got are pitchmen.

    What’s the point?

  6. Dave 2020-09-23 08:34

    This is what is wrong with SD…

    Children (ages 3-16): $4.00 at Gate
    Adults (ages 17+): $5.00 at Gate
    Family Pass (Two adults and up to two children): $20.00

    If I do the math, the family pass isn’t much of a value….. unless it is for both days?
    And I have a Grant-Deuel education…..

  7. jerry 2020-09-23 09:11

    The Sanford ghouls will be just fine as there are several thousand South Dakotan’s that are dead men walking with this trump virus. These folks will need continued extreme healthcare for the rest of their lives. Some may be much shorter than others, but this trump virus will continue to kill and maim for the foreseeable future and with huge wealthcare costs unless we expand our current healthcare for Medicare for All and eliminate the gross profits of the Wall Street bankers on our health.

    In the meantime, party on Sanford, party on Monument and party on Avera may your beds fill with the trump virus sick and dying so you can keep your bottom line surging with bonus money.

    Right now, there are almost 8 million of our fellow Americans that have been infected with the trump virus. We are dropping like flies and we are so unemployed that we may never recover from that. Let’s see, mass death and mass infection, mass unemployment, mass business closing, mass farm failure…one word Winning!! says Putin.

  8. jerry 2020-09-23 11:25

    Sioux Falls Women’s Conference, contaminated with trump virus.

    “State health officials announced Wednesday that an individual who attended a women’s conference held at Faith Family Church at 127 N. Spring Ave in Sioux Falls has tested positive for COVID-19.

    The individual attended the event while able to transmit the virus to others on these dates and times:

    September 9th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    September 10th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    September 11th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.” Rapid City Journal 9.23.20

    Man, the hits just keep on keeping on. What in the world makes people go to these super spreader events, how damn dumb are we?

  9. Buckobear 2020-09-23 11:37

    Suggested caption for the photo: “ Kristi is the one on the left.”

  10. jerry 2020-09-23 11:40

    The economic devastation to victims of the trump virus, is the reason for the hospital for profit’s to promote super spreader events. As patients, you still have deductibles and co insurances to pay. Put in several thousand South Dakota trump virus “survivors” and you have a revenue stream that is unsustainable without new beds being filled.

    “Contracting COVID-19 is putting already financially stressed Americans on the brink of economic disaster. And the rest of the country isn’t that far behind.

    Of the Americans who’ve contracted COVID-19, 63% are facing serious financial problems, according to a survey released Wednesday morning from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Those who haven’t gotten sick aren’t faring much better: 46% of households in the U.S. reported serious financial problems because of the pandemic in the survey, 31% have used up all their savings and 21% are having trouble paying debt.”

    We are in deep doo doo with the trump virus and all the comes with it. Only Democratic leadership from the top down will solve this as has been proven time and again. Vote Blue that’s who, on every choice that’s out there this cycle and every cycle.

  11. SuFuMatt 2020-09-23 13:48

    So, from what I understand, the CDC recommends a goal of less than 5% positivity rate. Meanwhile, in Hughes County today they had 19 new cases and reported only 20 new tests. Now, I am no math person but I think that comes to more than 5%. But, by all means let’s keep the big events coming.

  12. kj trailer trash 2020-09-23 13:55

    Noem says:
    “It looks like South Dakota’s #COVID19 spread peaked the latest of just about any state. Even so, we continue to be in good shape with only 5% of our ICU beds occupied by COVID patients.
    It just goes to show that you don’t need lockdowns to be responsible and flatten the curve.”

    This is the comment Klueless Kristi put on her FB feed yesterday. First off, it makes no sense. A peak is not a flattening. And it’s only been delayed here because there’s about one person per butte out west and not so many more in eastern SD, and other states were smart enough to lock down and not bring the ‘Rona here, and individual citizens by the thousands here have been smart enough to be careful, stay home, mask up, whatever, and it has taken a while for the Sturgis Spreader to do its work. Anyway, FarmWelfare Barbie, congrats, SD has a new record for most new cases in a day–445. Good job, DoNothing Noem.

  13. jerry 2020-09-23 14:40

    Good news for Sanford, Monument and Avera! Looks like the trump virus is mutating to become even more of a threat! This will probably lead to more hospital admissions and more profit for this gang of super spreader supporters. Keeping the beds full and the money rolling in, the new hypocritical oath.

    “Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus, which reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious.

    That mutation is associated with a higher viral load among patients upon initial diagnosis, the researchers found.

    The new report, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes. All viruses accumulate genetic mutations, and most are insignificant, scientists say.” Washington Post 9.23.20

    More tests will be needed while hospitalized…money money money.

  14. mike from iowa 2020-09-23 14:55

    Body count numbers aren’t slowing much in the nation or in midwest states, although I noticed WalMart in Spencer iowa had both entrances open and all barriers are gone.

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

    iowa surpassed 81k cases and is looking at 1300 bodies for drumpf’s personal body count victory tour, which he recently gave himself an A+ for his handling of.

  15. Debbo 2020-09-23 21:33

    There’s a national association of hospitals, similar to the AMA and other medical groups. They ought to boot those 3 SD hospitals. That’s just unconscionable.

  16. SuFuMatt 2020-09-24 08:13

    Meanwhile in the land of milk and honey, I had a friend (healthy early 30s) who is in such bad shape from COVID that he needed to be sent to Sioux Falls from a smaller hospital. THEY TURNED HIM DOWN. Not sure which hospital (S/A) but they weren’t taking out-of-town patients at this time.

  17. jerry 2020-09-24 08:28

    SuFuMatt, do you know if your friend had insurance? I think that is always the clincher now with the trump virus. It’s all about the benjamin’s for these guys and dolls. They want their beds filled, but only with the right kind of paying patients.

  18. SuFuMatt 2020-09-24 10:20

    jerry, yes he does. He has good insurance as a gov employee. However, I’ve heard the same thing from 2 other people this morning regarding loved ones from 2 other towns in SD being turned down for transfer to Sioux Falls. Not sure how they’re tallying beds if the beds are so full they are turning people down.

  19. jerry 2020-09-24 11:14

    Our numbers are up here in the state, but I have not seen any news to say that the bed situation is critical in Sioux Falls. So then, that means that the small hospitals are gonna have to step up for this trump virus onslaught. Is your friend doing okay after being rejected from Sioux Falls and sent back to his hometown?

  20. jerry 2020-09-24 15:18

    Highest numbers evah for trump virus! Deaths, hospitalizations and just about every ugly thing that can happen on GNOem’s watch (while she dithers and makes trump speeches). That girl needs her fanny impeached, but then we would have the beer guzzler old silent Rhoden. Should’ve put Sutton in when we had the chance…

    “Thursday set new records for the spread of coronavirus in South Dakota in new cases, active cases, current hospitalizations and deaths.

    The DOH reported 463 new cases across the state, including 51 in Pennington County. The increase brings the state to a record 3,291 active cases, with 352 in Pennington County.

    Thursday’s report came from 2,156 tests, marking another high positivity rate at 21.5%. Wednesday’s positivity rate set a record at 25%.” Rapid City Journal 9.24.20

    Take that North Dakota! We ain’t foolin around with that positive stuff, we are all action, ask our republican legislators…if they can find time away from potty bills.

  21. jerry 2020-09-24 15:21

    I think I get it now SuFuMatt, the Sioux Falls hospitals want to make sure the smaller hospitals can share bed occupancy and that is why they are promoting super spreader events. Rascals anyway, why don’t they just come right out and say it…oh, they have with their endorsements.

  22. SuFuMatt 2020-09-24 15:52

    I assume my friend will be ok, but will probably have last effects. who knows. thanks for asking.

  23. Debbo 2020-09-24 16:40

    “Outbreak investigations show that where there’s universal masking of a population, the severity of disease goes down.”

    The brief Axios story discusses the difference between viral dose and viral load. You want to keep both down. Viral dose is how much you are exposed to and viral load is how much your body replicates.

    People with lower viral doses have a higher survival rate. Masks limit the viral dose. Therefore, masks save lives.

  24. mike from iowa 2020-09-24 18:55

    Latest and last drumpf body count numbers for today…

    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

  25. Mary Maxwell 2020-10-24 16:30

    I haven’t seen anywhere that either Avera and/or Monument Health Systems were part of promoting this event and the concert. Can you please supply some background information and verification on their participation, or are you just making assumptions to enhance the article???

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