The 2011 Dakota Days Executive Board at the University of South Dakota announced the calendar of events planned for the 97th Dakota Days celebration, “Raise the Dust,” Oct. 3-8. Kicking off the week at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 in Slagle Hall Auditorium is a performance by Doug Benson, a stand-up comedian who has starred on several popular TV series, including “Comedy Central Presents” and “Last Comic Standing.” Students presenting a USD student I.D. will be admitted free. The public will be charged a $5 general admission fee.

Tuesday’s highlight is the Royalty Reveal ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. in Slagle Hall Auditorium. A pep rally will follow outside the auditorium on the landing between Slagle Hall and Old Main. Wednesday’s main event is a carnival at 5:30 p.m. at Prentis Park while on Thursday, Oct. 6, C-SPAN founder, chairman and CEO Brian Lamb will receive the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media at 7 p.m. at Slagle Hall Auditorium. Friday activities include several alumni celebrations throughout the community and a “Downtown Bash,” featuring The Kickback at the Eagles Club. Coyote Tailgate Nation follows Saturday’s parade at noon prior to the Coyotes’ football game vs. Southern Utah at 4 p.m. Mr. and Miss Dakota will be crowned during halftime of the game.

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

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