SDSU ‘gearing up’ for DakotafestSouth Dakota State University’s presence will be hard to miss at Dakotafest Aug. 16-18, thanks in part to a three-story inflatable replica of SDSU’s signature Campanile.
South Dakota State University’s presence will be hard to miss at Dakotafest Aug. 16-18, thanks in part to a three-story inflatable replica of SDSU’s signature Campanile.
The Campanile, which is an Italian word for bell tower, is just one piece of a simulated SDSU campus that was unveiled at the 2010 Dakotafest and will return in 2011.
The recreated campus features an SDSU tent with nearly 60 exhibitors and five separate pavilions representing plant science, seed technology, animal science, rural health, politics and the SDSU bookstore with logoed merchandise for sale.
“We are excited to partner with SDSU again this year at Dakotafest, and we have several activities planned,” said Ray Bianchi, farm show director for Cygnus Farm Shows, which hosts the annual event.
“The SDSU campus format is very visible and offers a great opportunity for SDSU to share its wealth of knowledge on agricultural research, Extension outreach, and the variety of curriculums offered to students,” Bianchi said.
Approximately 32,000 people visited the three-day event in Mitchell last year.
A fundraising auction to benefit the SDSU Cow-Calf Unit Expansion is also being planned for Thursday, Aug. 18, the final day of the show. In 2010, an impromptu auction came together during the last day of Dakotafest to raise money for the SDSU Cow-Calf Unit, and it was such a success the intention is to build upon that this year.
“The auction was planned in just a few hours last year with vendors donating livestock equipment and items they had at the show,” Bianchi said. “All total, $3,200 was raised for SDSU. We will solicit donations well in advance this year — from ag products and services to trips — and hope to aid the university in raising significant funding for the Cow-Calf Unit.”
Information about iGrow, the web portal launched by SDSU’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences this winter, will be available at SDSU exhibits throughout Dakotafest as well.
Throughout this year’s three-day event, the SDSU pavilion will continue to host educational sessions from coffee-shop talks with Extension specialists each morning to forums on current industry and political topics.
“We are planning to have a panel to discuss the next generation of the farm bill, as well as a forum on the budget pressures to education and how that impacts K-12 and collegiate curriculums,” Bianchi said.
The 2011 Dakotafest event will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 16-18, in Mitchell. The $8 entry price for the show will remain the same as 2010.
Go to http://farmshows.com/DFST/ for details and a complete schedule.