Wheat Growers gives $50K for new 4-H hall at fair

Farm Forum

HURON – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced that Wheat Growers has given a $50,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

“Wheat Growers is proud to support the construction of the 4-H building on the State Fairgrounds in Huron,” said Steve Briggs, Wheat Growers’ senior vice president of Agronomy and Corporate Marketing. “4-H is an organization that helps develop our future agricultural leaders and we are proud that we can participate in a partnership with this outstanding organization.”

“This generous contribution demonstrates Wheat Growers’ commitment to 4-H, youth development and the continued success of the South Dakota State Fair,” said Jerome Hertel, SD State Fair director.

The new 46,910 square-foot exhibit hall will feature more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, multiple classrooms, a large kitchen for 4-H Special Foods competitions, year-round concessions and a performance stage.

State officials have raised more than $2.2 million toward the $4 million project.

The building that used to host some of those events was demolished last year. It had been built in the 1950s.

Fair officials expect construction to begin in the spring of 2015. The project should be finished by the end of the summer.

Officials earlier this month announced a $1 million donation from a Huron businessman.

Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign should contact the State Fair office at 605.353.7340 or visit www.sdstatefairfoundation.com.