Huron’s Bob Glanzer prints book proceeds benefit State Fair Foundation’s Exhibit Hall campaign

Farm Forum

Longtime Huron area resident and former State Fair manager Bob Glanzer has assembled a collection of articles he has written over the years for the Huron region’s monthly “Prairie Tracks” publication. Through a partnership with Creative Printing of Huron, $10 from the sale of each book will go toward the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s capital campaign for a new exhibit hall. The full-color, coffee-table-style book “You Can’t Unring a Bell” is available for $25 by visiting, or by stopping at the State Fair office or Creative Printing, both located in Huron.

Bob Glanzer was raised on a farm northeast of Huron. He retired from American Bank and Trust in 2012 after more than 30 years in agricultural lending. His hobbies include 1800s chuck wagon reenactment events and Dutch oven cooking competitions. His interests have included rodeo, backpacking and the Citizen Police Academy. Bob recently drove his team of quarter horses and a 100-year-old chuck wagon over 270 miles on the wagon train from Yankton to Pierre, S.D. He also loves to spend time with his grandchildren. Bob and his wife Penny currently reside in Huron, and have two adult children and five grandchildren. Each of these aspects of his life can be found in the collection of articles that make up his book.

“In February, Brad McGirr, owner of Creative Printing and publisher of Prairie Tracks magazine, thought it would be a great idea to publish the 50 plus articles I have written for the magazine in a book. In the process of planning and printing the book, Brad and I agreed that the profits of the book should be donated to the new 4-H Exhibit Hall soon to be constructed on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. As many of the stories in the book are based on my youth growing up on a farm in central South Dakota in the 50s and 60s, this focus on the 4-H youth of South Dakota and the State Fair nicely compliments the sale of the book,” said Glanzer.

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 that once featured Clover Hall.

The exhibit hall’s construction will begin soon. 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 and a large kitchen for 4-H Special Foods competitions. A performance stage will be constructed for the many 4-H activities and community and regional events that will take place in this building year-round.

To date, the South Dakota State Fair Foundation has raised nearly $4 million of its $4.7 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign are invited to contact the State Fair Foundation at 605-553-4251 or visit