The sixth annual Kernel Bowl benefitting the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club will commence Saturday, Sept. 11, with a full day of events.

A fun run/walk, a youth dance camp, a soccer doubleheader, volleyball and football and a fireworks display fill out the calendar, with all events at Joe Quintal Field or at MHS.

The 5K run/walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, starting and finishing at Joe Quintal Field. Registration is $25 and can be done up until the start of the race on Saturday morning.

Dance camp participants will practice from 9 to 11 a.m. at the MItchell Middle School gym and is open to grades K-5, taught by members of the current MHS competitive dance team. The cost to the event is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt and admission into the night’s football game. All participants will then practice and perform at Joe Quintal Field, and are asked to be at the west side of the stadium by 5:30 p.m. for the final run-throughs of the dance routine. (Those interested or with questions should contact Cassey Ver Hey by email at

The rest of the schedule Saturday includes contests against Huron in soccer and volleyball. The Kernels will host the Tigers at 11 a.m. in girls soccer, followed by Huron and Mitchell in boys soccer at 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field. At 3 p.m., Mitchell will host the Tigers in volleyball in the MHS gym for an Eastern South Dakota Conference match.

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To cap the day’s events, the Kernel football team will be in action at 6 p.m., hosting third-ranked Aberdeen Central. MHS’ marching band will perform at halftime and a fireworks display will follow the contest.

The weekend will also include the induction of the newest class of the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame. A social hour will be held Friday, Sept. 10 at The Depot from 6 to 8 p.m., with a program at 7 p.m., and the honorees will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s football game.

The proceeds of the Kernel Bowl — which is meant to serve as a kickoff to the Kernel sports season — benefit the MABC, which then disburses the funds to the district’s 19 sponsored athletic programs based on team needs.