- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HURON, S.D. (AP) - Organizers of the South Dakota State Fair in Huron are trying to keep the momentum of higher attendance going.

Visitor numbers for the 2014 fair were up 15 percent over the year before.

State Fair manager Peggy Besch says fair commissioners are working on lining up the rest of the entertainment package for this year.

She says camping numbers are coming in strong again, and the office is getting inquiries from campers who have never attended the fair.

Besch says the number of offseason events at the fairgrounds should equal last year.

She says about 78 percent of the $4.7 million needed for the new 4-H exhibit hall has been raised. Ground-breaking will be this spring, but the project won’t be finished until 2016.

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