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Published November 26, 2013, 09:33 AM

Replacement of SD 4-H building begins

Clover Hall, the largest non-animal building on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, is being demolished.

By: Forum News Service ,

HURON, S.D. — Clover Hall, the largest non-animal building on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, is being demolished.

On Nov. 21, crews began taking down the structure, which was built in the early 1950s. Through the years, Clover Hall, located at the southwest corner of the grounds, has been home to 4-H exhibits and competitions and has housed 4-H members in its dorm rooms.

A new exhibit hall will be built to replace Clover Hall in the next few years. A statewide capital campaign for the building kicked off at the state fair in September. To date, $1.5 million of the $4 million goal has been raised for the project.

The 46,910-square-foot exhibit hall will feature more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, multiple classrooms, a large kitchen for 4-H foods competitions, year-round concessions and a performance stage.

It’s also hoped that the community of Huron and the surrounding area will benefit from the additional exhibit hall for events in the offseason, which could create added revenue for the State Fair.

“This demolition project is a reflection of the tremendous excitement and support we’ve seen from the community of Huron,” says Jerome Hertel, state fair manager. “Beadle County, the city of Huron and some local private contractors have pulled together to provide the entire demolition process at no cost to the Fair Foundation.”

Families involved in 4-H at the State Fair are looking forward to the new structure. Quinten Burg, of Wessington Springs, recalls his days spent at Clover Hall.

“Clover Hall was essential for the fairgrounds and 4-H kids for half a century,” Burg says. “My family will remember the building fondly, but we are excited for the new exhibit hall to be built so our future generations can enjoy the same fun learning experiences we had at the fair.”

State Fair attendance has been on the rise since 2006, with nearly 200,000 visitors in 2013, and with that has come increased revenues for the grounds. The 4-H program has 9,000 members within South Dakota. The organization boasted about 17,700 pre-entered exhibits and 10,500 display exhibits at the 2013 State Fair.

Those interested in supporting the capital campaign are invited to contact the State Fair office at 605-353-7340 or visit sdstatefairfoundation.com.

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