Nordby will match 4-H members’ exhibit hall fundraising |

Nordby will match 4-H members’ exhibit hall fundraising

Philanthropist Earl Nordby of Huron, S.D. has issued a challenge to 4-H members and families throughout the state. He has pledged to match the 4-Hers’ $500,000 statewide fundraising goal for the capital campaign to build a new exhibit hall on the state fairgrounds in Huron.

4-H clubs, leaders and families are working to raise funds over the next three years through raffles, auctions, concession work, bake sales and other creative ventures to involve local community members in the statewide effort. The gift from Mr. Nordby will double the work of the 4-H members to a potential of $1 million.

When built, 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 Special Foods competitions and a performance stage for the many 4-H activities that will take place there year-round.

Nordby provided a $1 million gift to kick off the capital campaign for the building, which will be named the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.

“The efforts of the 4-Hers are not going unnoticed. I’m glad to be able to help inspire them to reach their goal, and I encourage other adults to offer matches for their local 4-Hers’ goals,” said Nordby.

Michelle Stuck of Brentford is a 4-H leader who has been helping organize 4-H fundraising activities. Spink County 4-H has hosted a chicken feed, and a fudge fundraiser, and sold trees, which has gotten them very close to reaching their $5,000 goal in just a few months. “I can’t believe the giving heart of Mr. Nordby! My 4-H members are so excited to have him as a partner in our venture!” said Stuck.

Nordby is a lifelong Huron resident, and began working in the soft drink industry with his parents at age 13. He graduated from Huron College. In 1957, he started working with Pepsi brands, and through the years expanded his company’s trade area to include the Mitchell, Chamberlain and Pierre areas. He and his late wife Shirley also invested in other industries, including manufacturing and commercial property management. Currently retired, he has two daughters, Diane Deslauriers and Linda Scher. This South Dakota Hall of Fame Inductee has touched many lives through his giving in the areas of community development, education and recreation in the communities of Huron, Mitchell and Chamberlain.

The Foundation has raised $2.73 million of its $4 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign should contact the State Fair office at 605.353.7340 or visit

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