Huron and the South Dakota State Fairgrounds have been chosen to host the 2014 National Red Power Round-Up by the International Harvesters Collection Club, an annual event that draws about 25,000 people from across the United States and Canada.
It’s been 14 years since a South Dakota community has hosted the round-up.
“This is a great event for South Dakota, and more specifically, Huron and the State Fairgrounds,” said Wilbur Goehring of Yankton, president of South Dakota Chapter 21 of the IHC.
“Our state chapter has been working on our bid for the past year,” he said. “The South Dakota State Fairgrounds is the perfect venue to host the round-up, and we are excited about the opportunities but also recognize we have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us.”
IHC members are interested in the preservation of history, products, literature and memorabilia of the International Harvester Company.
There are more than 40 chapters worldwide, including South Dakota Chapter 21, which bid for the event along with delegations from the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau and the South Dakota State Fairgrounds this weekend in Albert Lea, Minn.
More than 2,000 exhibitors and vendors were on hand at the Albert Lea round-up.
The last time South Dakota hosted the event was in 1997, when it was held at Prairie Village near Madison.
Next year, it will move to Illinois and in 2013 it will be hosted by Ohio.
Steve Masat of Redfield, South Dakota Chapter 21 vice president, and Jared Beck of Huron, chapter board member, have been lobbying to host the 2014 Red Power Round-Up for more than a year. They will serve in a leadership role in planning for the event.
“Now that we have actually secured the event, the work really begins,” Masat said. “There are a lot of logistics involved in pulling off a successful event of this magnitude so planning will start right away.
“We are going to need a lot of help and support,” he said. “South Dakota Chapter 21 is not a very large group and they are all willing to chip in, but we are going to need a lot more help than that.”
Masat said many committees have to be organized and he is hoping people from Huron and the surrounding areas will be interested in getting involved.
“While the year 2014 may seem a long way away, it will take that long to prepare,” Beck said. “This show features approximately 1,000 tractors, hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, farm machinery and entertainment.
“This is a big deal for the Huron area and it is going to take the whole community to get involved,” he said.
Those interested in helping in the planning are asked to contact Masat, 605-472-3853; Beck, 605-350-1625; or Peggy Woolridge, executive director of the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau, 605-352-0000.
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