Beadle County 4-H raises $103,000 for new exhibit hall

Farm Forum

HURON — Beadle County 4-H members have exceeded their $75,000 fundraising goal for the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s construction of a new exhibit hall. To date, they have raised $103,000 and are still actively carrying out fundraising activities. This is in addition to the $500,000 fundraising goal set by the rest of the 4-H’ers in South Dakota.

Beadle County 4-H began raising funds in 2012 to secure space in the Nordby Exhibit Hall for the Beadle County 4-H office. The group has collected pledges from 4-H families, area friends of 4-H and local businesses. They have also hosted auctions and feeds. John Madison, Beadle County 4-H youth advisor, credits their success to the hard work of a number of volunteers and the project itself.

“People recognize that this new exhibit hall is a great venture for 4-H’ers and the Huron community. It has been easy for donors to see the benefit of what we are doing, and the lifetime benefit that 4-H programming provides for members,” said Madison.

Doug Stahly, an area 4-H leader, has helped lead fundraising activities. “The strength of Beadle County 4-H has been our extended 4-H family. This family is made up of three groups: our present members and their families, our alumni and their families, and our local businesses. These groups support Beadle County 4-H year in and year out with their donations of time and money. They have been instrumental in exceeding our $75,000 goal for the Nordby Exhibit Hall. The new building will cement the future of 4-H and the State Fair,” said Stahly.

4-H’ers were recently challenged by Mr. Earl Nordby with a match for their efforts. For each dollar raised by 4-H’ers and their families, Nordby will match it 1:1.

In addition, through the efforts of the past several months, Huron community volunteers have raised nearly $1 million in gifts from businesses and individuals. An additional group of volunteers throughout the state has been working to secure gifts from businesses statewide.

When built, the 49,000 square-foot Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community will feature more than 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, multiple classrooms, a large kitchen for 4-H Special Foods competitions and a performance stage for the many 4-H activities that will take place there year-round.

The Foundation has raised nearly $3.2 million of its $4 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign should contact the State Fair office at 605-274-3370 or visit

To learn more about Beadle County’s 4-H fundraising efforts, contact local SDSU Extension 4-H Advisor John Madison at 605-353-8436.