DEX: Dakota Events CompleX

For 135 years, the South Dakota State Fair has been a place to celebrate youth and agriculture. Since the late 1970s, the Open Class Beef Complex has been a part of that celebration. It’s held many memories and has been an important part of the culture of the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

On October 31, 2020, early Halloween morning, that all changed with a fire that destroyed the 96,000 square foot building.

The new DEX will feature:

  • 200,000 square foot, one-of-a-kind, livestock and equestrian facility that will set a new standard for hosting local and national events.
  • 7,000 seats will hold spectators from around the globe, as they witness events brought to South Dakota never thought possible.
  • The capacity to host two full size equestrian arenas, larger livestock shows, concerts, auto thrill shows, and events throughout the year make this complex unmatched.

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DEX: Dakota Events CompleX