The Dakota Days committee invites students, faculty, staff and the community to be a part of the movement and become more involved with the university and the Vermillion community. There will be competitions throughout the week for faculty, staff and the community to show their school spirit and participate in the REDVOLUTION.

The parade marshal for the 2010 parade, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 on Main Street in Vermillion, is United States Senator John Thune, R-S.D. Thune was born and raised in Murdo, S.D., and developed an interest in public service at an early age. He received his graduate degree in Business Administration from USD in 1984 and has served in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate since 1996. Thune and his wife, Kimberley live, in Sioux Falls, S.D., and have two daughters, Brittany and Larissa. Brittany is a college graduate and Larissa is a college junior.

Dakota Days week begins with a kick-off concert on Monday, Sept. 27 by The Spill Canvas with opening act REZA. Other highlights for the week include Coronation and a Pep Rally at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28; Prairiefest at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, and presentation of the Al Neuharth Excellence in the Media Award at 7 p.m. at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre; women’s volleyball vs. Utah Valley at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30; the All Alumni Dinner and Award Presentations at 5 p.m., and the D-Days Downtown Bash at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 with a live performance by Avian Sunrise; and the 96th annual Dakota Days parade and the homecoming football game at 2 p.m. against the University of North Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 2.

For a complete list of Dakota Days events, including event and activity sponsors, please visit or contact the committee at

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