First Bank & Trust makes pledge to 'Raise the SHED' campaign


HURON — The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announces First Bank & Trust has pledged $50,000 to the ‘Raise The SHED’ Fundraising Campaign while challenging four other South Dakota community banks to follow suit in matching their contribution.

Combined, this challenge could raise $250,000 for The SHED.

The SHED will be the new home for Open Class Sheep at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron and serve as a multi-purpose facility, including a show arena and educational center.

The indoor educational center will provide a place for interactive learning about the sheep industry, opportunities in agriculture, and our state’s rich agricultural history.

“This multi-use facility, which will be integral to the South Dakota ag industry, will support and develop the ag professionals of tomorrow while welcoming the next generation of fairgoers,” said Kevin Tetzlaff, President & CEO, First Bank & Trust.

“We’re pleased to play a role in this exciting project and continue to support the state fair and South Dakota agriculture, where our roots run deep.”

The “Raise The SHED” campaign includes several donor opportunities for all donation levels including show arena naming rights and donor wall sponsorships.

The fundraising goal is $3 million. The total project cost is approximately $8 million. For more information on how to donate visit:

The former Open Class Sheep Barn has been demolished, and project planning and design for The SHED is underway. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to be held during the 2024 State Fair.

For additional information about the project or questions about the ‘Raise The SHED’ campaign, please contact Peggy Besch, South Dakota State Fairgrounds Manager at 605-353-7340 or You can also contact Fundraising Campaign Chairman Larry Tidemann at 605-690-8353. A complete list of fundraising committee members and campaign information can be found at