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South Dakota legislators donate to state fair foundation capital campaign

The 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and Gov. Daugaard are pictured during signing of Senate Bill 46. Members of the 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee include Rep. Thomas Brunner, Rep. Scott Craig, Rep. Dennis Feickert, Rep. Michele Harrison, Rep. Joshua Klumb, Rep. J. Sam Marty, Rep. Herman Otten, Rep. Kent Peterson, Rep. Lee Qualm Rep. Kyle Schoenfish, Rep. Dean Schrempp and Rep. Dick Werner. Not pictured is Rep. James Schaefer.

The 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee recently purchased a brick for $1,000 showing their support for the State Fair Foundation's Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community Capital Campaign.

Gov. Daugaard signed Senate Bill 46 on Feb. 19 providing the spending authority necessary to cover the full cost of the project.

"My wife and I have a lot of great memories from our youth at the State Fair," said Committee Chairman Rep. Qualm. "Donating to this cause is not only beneficial to the Huron community and the State Fair but to the state's youth as a whole."

Members of the 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee include Rep. Thomas Brunner, Rep. Scott Craig, Rep. Dennis Feickert, Rep. Michele Harrison, Rep. Joshua Klumb, Rep. J. Sam Marty, Rep. Herman Otten, Rep. Kent Peterson, Rep. Lee Qualm, Rep. James Schaefer, Rep. Kyle Schoenfish, Rep. Dean Schrempp and Rep. Dick Werner.

Bricks are available to families and individuals who pledge $1,000 or more toward the Capital Campaign. Once the Nordby Exhibit Hall is built, the bricks will be placed in front of the exhibit hall.

"I appreciated the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee members accepting the challenge to make a personal donation to purchase a brick on behalf of the committee," said Rep. Werner of Huron. "Supporting 4-H and the State Fair has always been a passion of mine and I am very appreciative of the Committee, Legislature and Governor's support."

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Sen. Larry Tidemann, his wife, Gail, and their family of Brookings also showed their support for the Capital Campaign by giving a significant gift.

"Investing in the Nordby 4-H Exhibit Hall is an investment in our future and the youth of South Dakota," said Peggy Besch, State Fair Park manager and division director. "We are grateful to the Governor and the legislators for their support in helping make this project a reality."

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, 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.

The Foundation has just over $900,000 left to raise of its $4.7 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign through a brick or any other means should contact the State Fair Foundation at 605-274-3370 or visit http://www.sdstatefairfoundation.com.

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