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Electric Cooperatives Supporting New Exhibit Hall on State Fairgrounds


HURON, SD (KELO AM) – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that South Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives along with Basin Electric, National Rural Utility Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC) and CoBank have  given a $116,500 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.


“South Dakota’s electric cooperatives are proud to support the youth of our state and have a long standing tradition of working with the 4-H program.  We are pleased to continue that tradition with our gift to the SD State Fair Foundation for construction of a new building on the State Fair Grounds,” commented Ed Anderson, general manager of SD Rural Electric Association.


“Support received from the South Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives, Basin Electric, NRUCFC and CoBank proves the level of commitment these organizations have to South Dakota 4-H,” commented Jerome Hertel, SD State Fair director.  “4-H members will have better experiences at the State Fair because of this gift.”


The Foundation has raised $2.52 million of the $4 million goal. Those interested in supporting the Capital Campaign should contact the State Fair office at 605.353.7340 or visit www.sdstatefairfoundation.com.


The SD Rural Electric Cooperatives are consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to their member-owners.  The electric cooperatives are active members of their communities, dedicated to serving commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential customers. They are committed to their core values of serving their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and longstanding commitment to community.


Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 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.