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Farm Show Auction Supports Rancher Relief Fund

January 24, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Farm Show Auction Supports Rancher Relief Fund
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The Sioux Empire Farm Show wraps up another year of showcases and exhibits, but not before a celebration and a silent auction.

"I'm kind of a toy collector, so I always like to look at what we have here for precision toys or toys that are available on the auction, but it's not so much the item, it's the cause that we're here for," Steve Munk said.

That cause is support for ranchers West River still recovering from last October's devastating blizzard.

"I've got a lot of friends that live West River and, you know, they're proud people out there. They just appreciate what we do for them. They're not going to beg for help, I guarantee you," Jeff Kapperman said.

All the proceeds from the auction go directly to the Rancher Relief Fund, which is at $4 million and counting. Thousands of people have donated to the fund from all 50 states, and there is no sign of that support slowing down.

"In just talking with some of the local people that I know that live in the surrounding areas, they came just to help support it and see what was going to happen tonight," Kapperman said.

It is a cause that unites South Dakota Ranchers and highlights what it means to call the Midwest home.

"I just think it shows the generosity of the people from the Midwest that are willing to help their neighbors even if they don't know their neighbor's name. I think that just shows who we are in this area," Cindy Heiberger said.

Everyone hopes to be the highest bidder, not because they may win a gift, but because they've given a gift.

"It feels good that we're helping out our friends and neighbors. Whether it's East or West or North or South in the state, if there's hardships, whatever we can do to help each other out," Munk said.

The people bidding say they should be able to raise close to $20,000 from Friday's auction, which would be another huge donation to an already successful fundraising effort.

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