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State Fair Raising Money For New Building

April 16, 2014, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

State Fair Raising Money For New Building
HURON, SD -

State Fair administrators are already eyeing next summer. That's when a $4 million project expected to benefit 4-H and the economy could be done.

Administrators are raising money to build a new 4-H Exhibit Hall.

"One of the things that's very important to the success of the State Fair is 4-H and the 4-H activities on the State Fairgrounds," manager Jerome Hertel said.

Hertel says getting those activities, which are now scattered throughout the grounds, to one location will be beneficial. He's also hopeful the facility will draw in other events during the off season.

Hertel says different shows, seminars and others have already expressed interest in using the building, a move that could help Huron's bottom line.

"So we're very encouraged by that,” Hertel said. “We're very encouraged by the people that are stepping forward and making contributions to this project."

The amount needed is about $4 million; more than half has already been raised. Just this week, the fair announced that a Huron man donated $1 million to the project.

The other $1,250,000 that's been raised has come from a variety of sources. That's both state-wide and in Huron.

Administrators plan to raise money through this year's fair, take bids this fall and have a new building in time for next year's fair.

"We know that's aggressive but we're hopeful that we can raise the funds for it," Hertel said.

The goal after that is to watch it become a revenue stream for the fair grounds and the city.

The building will be named after Earl Nordby who donated the $1 million. Participants of 4-H across the state are also trying to raise $500,000 to contribute.

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