HURON, S.D. (AP) — Officials say 4-H exhibits were up 10 percent from last year at this year’s State Fair in Huron.
Peter Nielson, South Dakota State University Extension 4-H Youth Development director, says there were 17,700 pre-entered exhibits and 10,500 display exhibits checked in at the State Fair.
Nielson says that 4-H membership in South Dakota is up 6 percent from last year. More than 9,000 young people now take part in 4-H programs.
Nielson says participation has increased in all project areas, but most notably in shooting sports, photography and meat goats.
It was also announced that nearly 1.2 million dollars has been raised for a new 4-H building at the South Dakota Fairgrounds. The new exhibit hall, which will feature a portable stage, classrooms, office and storage space, and a large open area for exhibits, will cost about 4 million dollars.