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Dakota Days 2020

Tradition. School spirit. Community

While the 106th Dakota Days celebrations will look different this year, the core tenets that unite our Coyote community remain. We are reimagining USD's homecoming festivities with public health guidelines in mind so we can showcase our Coyote pride through safe activities.

Join us for virtual and physically distanced events that will emphasize school spirit. More details will be coming soon. We also encourage you to participate in the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company's "Vermillion Victory Bond" program so you can support our local businesses over the Dakota Days weekend.

We hope to host a celebration in the spring when athletic events are scheduled to resume. In the meantime, please join us this fall as we reimagine tradition and share our Coyote pride. This year's Dakota Day's celebration will feature a handful of new virtual and physically distanced events that will emphasize school spirit.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 1

Drive-In Movie at the Dome

7 p.m. - The USD band will kick off event 

7:30 p.m. - The 2019 USD vs SDSU Game will play

Friday, Oct. 2

Super Red Friday and Royalty Crowning at the Legacy Statue 

6 p.m. - The USD band will kick off this event

 6:15 p.m. - The Royalty Crowning will begin

 Saturday, Oct. 3

Cruisin’ with the Coyotes

9:30 a.m. - The motorcade will leave the USD Dome to pass through surrounding communities.

12:35 p.m. - The motorcade will begin the Vermillion route

Motorcade Route:

2020 Cruising with the Coyotes Motorcade Route

Dakota Days Balloon Hunt

10 a.m. - 7 p.m. - A total of 10 hand-made balloon sculptures will be sprinkled across Vermillion.

DakotaDome Virtual Reveal 

Saturday afternoon - all USD social platforms will release the virtual reveal of the new renovations of the DakotaDome.

Yote Yard Face-Off Winner Announced

  Saturday evening - the USD's Facebook will announce all of the winners of the 2020 Yote Yard Face-Off contest.