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The Final Brick Countdown: 500 to Go






For Immediate Release: February 26, 2016

Media Contact: Peggy Besch 605.353.7343


The Final Brick Countdown: 500 to Go


Huron, S.D.-- The capital campaign for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community is nearing the finish line. “The Final Brick Countdown: 500 to Go” is the push to engrave 500 bricks to complete the last leg of the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s $4.7 million campaign for a new exhibit hall in Huron.


A donation of $1,000 toward the capital campaign is recognized with an engraved Sioux quartzite brick. Many individuals and families have chosen to etch their name in history by reserving an engraved brick that will be permanently placed in front of the Nordby Exhibit Hall. Options for engraving include a farm or ranch name, business name, in memory or in honor of a loved one or family/extended family name. Multiple bricks can be created for one donor. For example, a donation of $3,000 is recognized with three bricks.


Donations can be paid all at once or over the course of a three year period. Supporters can follow the last leg of the campaign on the State Fair Foundation’s social media sources which will feature a running tally of remaining 500 steps. Gifts of any size are welcome and contribute to achieving the goal.


To celebrate past and present major donors, each individual donor who provides or has provided a gift of $1,000 or more will be entered in a drawing for these prizes:

  1. 1. Two VIP tickets to a grandstand concert of choice.
  2. 2. Complimentary on-grounds camping space during SD State Fair.
  3. 3. VIP parking for SD State Fair.
  4. 4. Complimentary carnival pass.


The drawing will take place after the campaign’s goal has been reached. The prizes are redeemable for the 2016 or 2017 State Fair.


The exhibit hall will serve as a statewide home for South Dakota 4-H. When finished, the 48,000 square-foot structure on the west side of the fairgrounds will feature more than 30,000 square feet of exhibit space, multiple classrooms and a large kitchen for 4-H Special Foods competitions. The facility will be utilized year-round for 4-H events such as learning activities, meetings and competitions. In addition, the facility will host conventions, trade shows, receptions and other gatherings throughout the year, bringing in more than 200,000 visitors. The building’s grand opening will take place during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair scheduled for Sept. 1-5.



Those interested in supporting the capital campaign are invited to contact the State Fair Foundation at 605-553-4251 or visit www.sdstatefairfoundation.com.



Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.





A photo of the bricks to be engraved can be downloaded here.