Grand opening concert for the DEX is announced! (Audio)

March 15, 2024

HURON, S.D.–The South Dakota State Fair and The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources made a major concert announcement this morning for the grand opening event at the DEX in Huron.

Country singer Thomas Rhett will perform on June 13th.

State Fair Assistant Manager Candi Briley….

Tickets go on-sale to the public on Friday, March 22 at 10:00 am CDT and will be available at

Ten years after signing his record deal with Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co., arena-packing superstar Thomas Rhett has 21 number one singles, 15 BILLION streams and the longest current active streak of consecutive No. One’s in the format (Mediabase/Country Aircheck Chart).

His most recent sixth studio album, WHERE WE STARTED “practically demands an open field, tens-of-thousands-strong throng of fans in front of it” (Esquire). Declared “a prince in the genre” (USA Today), he has been honored with eight ACM Awards including Entertainer of the Year, two CMA Awards, five GRAMMY® Awards nominations, plus trophies from the CMT Music Awards, Billboard Awards and iHeartRadio Awards, in addition to being recognized with five CMA Triple Play awards for penning three number one songs within a 12-month period.

The hitmaker has also launched a tequila brand, Dos Primos, now offering Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo variants. For more information, visit

“When the Open Class Beef barn burned down in October 2020, our motto became, ‘out of adversity, comes opportunity’, and that opportunity, along with a lot of hard work, has helped us discover the DEX,” said DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts. “To be here today, announcing superstar Thomas Rhett as our DEXtravaganza headliner is truly amazing. I am so proud of what we have accomplished, and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone who helped bring this vision to life!”

Artist Fanclub pre-sale will be on sale March 20 at 10 am CDT until March 21 at 10 pm CDT. Venue pre-sale will go on sale on March 21 from 10 am to 10 pm CDT. Tickets to the public will go on sale on Friday, March 22 at 10 am CDT.

Gates will open at 6 pm on June 13 with the show starting at 8 pm. Attendees can expect a festival-style atmosphere, complete with on-site camping facilities for an additional nightly fee, a variety of food vendors, and a post-concert after-party.