Visitors will have more to do in Huron while visiting the South Dakota State Fair next year. Construction will be complete on a new multi-million dollar water park.
Officials are hoping the two can benefit from each other.
As they checked out the sites at the state fair this year, Jodi Burma and her family said they are looking forward to adding a water park stop to their fair trip next year.
"Yeah, we're really excited about it. We're from Iroquois so we're from right around here. And we went to Aberdeen, we went to Sioux Falls so we're really excited to have it in Huron," Burma said.
City leaders in Huron are taking proactive steps, hoping other families will consider a stop at both.
"We put advertisements in the state fair flyers this year so that people will plan on it next year," mayor Dave McGirr said.
Construction on the multi-million dollar project is on schedule and the park should open mid-May. Generally the city would close a pool when school starts. But it'll keep the water park open through Labor Day because of the fair.
"We're hoping they'll feed off each other, that the fair will bring people to the water park. And the water park will also bring more people to the fair," McGirr said.
They are just a few blocks apart. So the Huron attraction would be very close to more than 1,000 state fair campers. Burma could see the water park bringing additional people to Huron for the fair. And she also sees them complimenting each other, not competing.
"No, it'd be a package deal. We definitely can't miss the South Dakota State Fair," Burma said.
City leaders are hoping people will say that about their future attraction currently under construction as well.
The city is also banking on unique portions of the water park to bring people in such as a water slide roller coaster that will be the first in the state.