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James Kjerstad Event Center

The James Kjerstad Event Center is your one-stop shop for large events and gatherings. The event center has become the horse capital for a number of regional horse events including;
  • Black Hills Stock Show
  • South Dakota Junior High Rodeo
  • NRCA Rodeo Final
  • Region 2 Quarter Horse Experience
  • Several Barrel Racing & Team Roping Competitions
The Event Center is also utilized for a number of other events (not including horses). With 48,750 sq ft of earthen area and 69,000 sq feet of concrete, the event center allows for a number of other activities to utilize the center. For activities such as motocross races to rummage sales, the James Kjerstad Event Center allows for a variety of set-ups and accommodations.

The 118,000 sq feet building also features office space, 56,000 sq ft of asphalt, roll-up doors for easy loading and unloading, a concession stand, phone/internet/wi-fi, heat, and seating for 3000.

The Event Center was renamed in 2010 to the James Kjerstad Event Center. James Kjerstad was a former country commissioner and a great supporter of the Central States Fairgrounds. Kjerstad was very instrumental in the completion of the Event Center and brings great honor to the Central States Fairgrounds to rename the building in honor of the late James Kjerstad.
Event Center Seating

Event Center Seating

The Event Center offers 3000 in seating for your next event
Large Indoor Arena

Large Indoor Arena

The Event Center offers 48,750 sq ft of an earthen arena.
Heated Building

Heated Building

The Events Center is a heated indoor building, with rental opportunities in the summer and winter.

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Rental Information Request

Please fill out the the information below so we get a better understanding regarding your next events. We can also give you different options to ensure your event is hosted in the best possible way at the Central States Fair.
Please tell us about your event
Select date and we will let you know availabillity
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Rental Facilities

The Central States Fair has a number of buildings and spaces available for your next gathering. Please indicate a particular building you wish to receive more information on.
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Attendance Information

At the Central States Fair, we try to go out of our way to make sure your event is successful. Let us help you with other arrangements.We work with a number of hotels that support the Central States Fair events. We can assist you in choosing a host hotel for your event. Please take the time to provide us with some info. 
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