The Central State Fair Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization geared to supporting youth, agriculture and long range capital improvements to the Central States Fairgrounds.
The Central States Fair Foundation offers many youth scholarships throughout the year; the James Carmichael Scholarship and the Cattleman's Family Legacy Cattle Scholarship.
The James Carmichael scholarship is offered to a senior in high school who is involved with the Hereford breed. Hereford cattle was one of the originating breeds of cattle that was offered at the first stock show in 1959.
The Cattleman's Family Legacy is a cattle scholarship that works with Black Hills Stock Show livestock consignors and the future generation of livestock producers. Each year a livestock consignor donates a heifer to be awarded to one lucky recipient. Youth must be the ages of 8-17 years of age and a commitment to show the heifer at the Western Juniors Livestock Show in October.
The recipient must promote care for the animal throughout the year, facilitate a breeding procedure for the heifer, and reshow the heifer at the following year's Western Junior Livestock Show as a bred heifer. In addition, the recipient must submit reports to the Central States Fair Foundation.
The Foundation works towards improvements to the Central States Fairgrounds. Projects such as log entry ways and capital improvements are the driving force to create a greater quality of life for agriculture people in the region to be able to participate in activities that the Central States Fairgrounds' host.