South Dakota tractor collector group donates $50,000 to State Fair Foundation

Farm Forum

HURON — The International Harvester Collectors Club – South Dakota Chapter 21 has raised more than $50,000 for the new State Fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.

This summer on the fairgrounds, the club hosted the Red Power Round Up, a national gathering for collectors and fans of the machinery. Through raffles, meal fundraisers and sponsorships, the Round Up event was designed to bring in significant funds for the exhibit hall’s Capital Campaign. To reach over $50,000, the state club pitched in $12,000 more from their own funds.

“Our original goal was to benefit the State Fairgrounds financially, and we are pleased with the successful outcome,” said Steve Masat, event organizer. “4-H members from multiple counties helped with the event. Our group believes in the future of these kids. The new building will be a great asset for future generations. We are glad to be able to give back to the State Fair and Huron community. The State Fair and Huron Chamber staff worked diligently to make the show go smoothly.”

“The International Harvester Collectors Club worked for more than four years to organize the Red Power Round Up, and worked extensively to incorporate multiple revenue sources to raise funds for the new exhibit hall. We are very fortunate to have the immense support this group has provided through their event,” stated Jerome Hertel, state fair manager.

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 over $3.3 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

The SD IH Collectors Club is one of 42 worldwide chapters, with members who enjoy finding, collecting, restoring and displaying International Harvester items. Over 18,000 people from across the world came to Huron in June for the 25th Annual Red Power Round Up to see the history of International Harvester and agriculture-related memorabilia. Among the exhibits were tractors, engines, trucks, equipment and International Harvester brand household appliances, milking equipment and toy collections.