Huron Community Foundation Grant to The SHED Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 23, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT: Candi Briley, (605) 353-7340


Huron Community Foundation Grant to The SHED Announced


HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair Foundation is excited to announce the Huron Community Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the ‘Raise The SHED’ Fundraising Campaign. The SHED will be the new home for Open Class Sheep at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron and serve as a multi-purpose facility, including a show arena and educational center. The indoor educational center will provide a place for interactive learning about the sheep industry, opportunities in agriculture, and our state’s rich agricultural history.


“The South Dakota State Fair and the fairgrounds are extremely important to the Huron area and the state,” said Steve Gohn, President of the Huron Community Foundation. “As a true agriculture fair, rich in tradition with a strong focus on youth and ag education, investing in its infrastructure is an investment in its future. We are very excited to be in a position to support The SHED.” Founded in 2004, the Huron Community Foundation supports programs that enhance the quality of life in and around the Huron community


The fundraising goal is $3 million. The total project cost is approximately $8 million.

The “Raise The SHED” campaign includes several donor opportunities for all donation levels including show arena naming rights and donor wall sponsorships. For more information on how to donate visit:


The former Open Class Sheep Barn has been demolished, and project planning and design for The SHED is underway. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to be held during the 2024 State Fair.


For additional information about the project or questions about the ‘Raise The SHED’ campaign, please contact Peggy Besch, South Dakota State Fairgrounds Manager at 605-353-7340 or can also contact Fundraising Campaign Chairman Larry Tidemann at 605-690-8353. A complete list of fundraising committee members and campaign information can be found at

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