Groundbreaking for State Fairgrounds’ new 4-H Exhibit Hall on May 27

Farm Forum

HURON — With the help of many volunteers and donors, the day has come!

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community will take place at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron at the National Guard Armory located at 1030 3rd St. SW, next to the new building’s site. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be among those addressing the attendees. The public is invited to attend.

Over the past several months, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has been carrying out a Capital Campaign for the exhibit hall, which will be a statewide home for South Dakota 4-H; something not currently available for 4-H members. The building will be constructed on the site once featuring Clover Hall.

When built, the 48,000 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. Community and regional events will take place in this building throughout the year as well.

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. Through hands-on experience, 4-H members learn elements of responsibility, community service, teamwork, organization, project management, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, judging, animal stewardship, fundraising, mentoring younger children and a number of other specific skills. 4-H has prepared many South Dakotans to meet challenges in their communities.

To date, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has raised nearly $3.9 million of its $4.7 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign are invited to contact the State Fair Foundation at 605-274-3370 or visit