- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Weather conditions Tuesday have forced the organizers of Mitchell’s annual farm show Dakotafest to cancel the event’s opening day.

Samantha Castro is a marketing manager with the organizer IdeaAg Group. She tells The Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/1LhUW0P ) that the threat of severe weather, including the possibility of lightning, led to the cancellation of Tuesday’s planned kickoff.

This is the 20th anniversary of Dakotafest. Around 30,000 people attend the three-day show that includes hundreds of exhibitors offering a variety of agricultural equipment and services.

The show will reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Schlaffman Farm. Castro said she expects that the same number of attendants will show up at the event over the two days it will last.

The National Weather Service forecast shows mostly sunny skies Wednesday in Mitchell.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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