BankWest gives $50K for new 4-H hall at S.D. State Fair

Farm Forum

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

BankWest chairman, president and CEO Charles Burke III said the South Dakota State Fair is more than a family tradition; it’s a way to prepare young people for a future in agri-business.

“It’s encouraging for me to see young people bring their animals, their plants and their special talents to the South Dakota State Fair,” Burke said. “These young people are the future of agri-business in South Dakota and we need to encourage them and nurture their skills. Ultimately, they will be feeding our state, our nation and the world.”

“BankWest has four points to its mission statement,” commented Jerome Hertel SD State Fair director. “One of them is, ‘We will be advocates of our communities’ continued success.’ BankWest’s contribution to the Capital Campaign demonstrates that point to the fullest. We are proud to be part of the BankWest community.”

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.

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

BankWest is a locally-owned, community bank with branches in 11 South Dakota communities. For more information, visit the bank’s website at: or like them on Facebook.