Rainy weather forced the official ground-breaking for the Dakota Events CompleX (DEX) inside the Earl Nordby 4-H Exhibit Hall Thursday afternoon. From the left are S.D. Dept. of Ag Secretary Hunter Roberts; Huron mayor Gary Harrington and city councilman Rich Bragg; State Fair commission member Dusty Anderson; former legislator and co-chair of the DEX fundraising committee Jim White; S.D. Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden; State Fair manager and DEX fundraising committee co-chair Peggy Besch; Huron city councilman Drew Weinreis, as well as state legislators Lynn Schneider and David Wheeler.
Construction on the 150,000 square foot building, which will house two complete indoor competition arenas, is set to begin immediately following this year’s fair, with the goal of it being operational for the 2023 expo. The DEX will seat 5,000 people and will have the capacity to hold more than 1,600 head of open-class and 4H cattle, with a new show ring during the State Fair, while also offering an indoor venue for other livestock shows and events, concerts and more.