Huron, SD – In the early morning of October 31, 2020, a fire tragically destroyed the Open Class Beef Complex; a 96,000 square foot building that held nearly 50 years of memories for many in the Huron community and across the entire state of South Dakota. Out of the ashes opportunity arose for the South Dakota State Fairgrounds to rebuild a multipurpose complex hosting livestock and equestrian shows, concerts, and events for all kinds. This new facility will draw audiences statewide together to celebrate youth, community, and the agricultural industry. Through that vision, The Dakota Events CompleX (DEX) was born. Butler Machinery Company and Butler Ag Equipment are proud to support South Dakota with a pledge of $500,000 towards the South Dakota State Fairgrounds DEX project. This 150,000 square-foot facility will seat up to 5,000 people and house two full-sized equestrian arenas, or 1,700 plus cattle stalls. With the extreme changes of weather, the facility will be heated making events accessible year-round. The building is projected to be completed July 2023.
“We are proud to support the Dakota Events CompleX and the vision it embodies: bringing people of all ages together across South Dakota and beyond, to enjoy the ag industry events and wide array of activities the space will offer year-round.” said Twylah Blotsky, president and owner of Butler Machinery Company.
For over six decades, Butler Machinery Company has been committed to offering the best in equipment solutions and dealer support. Founded in 1955 in Fargo, North Dakota, Butler Machinery is a third generation and family owned company that serves North Dakota, South Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota. Butler Ag Equipment, a division of Butler Machinery, provides agriculture equipment and support in Nebraska and Montana. Butler Machinery is proud to offer products and services to support a variety of industries including agriculture, construction, government, demolition and scrap handling, mining, landscaping, and power generation.