Prairiefest brings live music to Vermillion

Coyoteopoly, a USD-student run corporation, hopes the university students and Vermillion residents will join forces to raise funds for the Vermillion Food Pantry.

To reach that goal, the student corporation will be hosting Prairiefest on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Prairiefest will bring live music, outdoor activities, and camping to Vermillion. The event is open to the public and will be held at Ufford Farm at the corner of E. Main Street and Fairview Street off of Highway 50.

"We have six bands coming from the tri-state area, and we're hoping to sell 2,000 tickets," said Ashley Schelling, a USD student from Brandon who is studying accounting and is one of the Prairiefest organizers. "We'll probably have 1,500 people there. Our target for how much money we want to raise for the Vermillion Food Pantry is $17,000, so this is going to be the biggest Coyoteopoly event yet."

Coyoteopoly's Prairiefest is a music festival which will bring regional and local acts to the stage during USD's Dakota Days homecoming week. The musical lineup is headlined by The Rude Band. Other performances consist of Harriet Tweed, More Than Enough, DJ ROYSKI & DJ KOR, and The Amidon Affair.

Schelling said she and her fellow students involved with Coyoteopoly hope to bring the campus and the Vermillion community together to make this event a success. "This is a new concept for Dakota Days with USD, and we're hoping that if we're successful this year, we can keep doing something like this."

Performances will begin at 4 p.m. Sept. 30, and will end at 1:30 a.m. the next morning. There will activities for people of all ages, Schelling said, including games for children and a hot dog eating contest. Shuttle buses will transport people from the USD campus to the Ufford farm. There will also be parking available at the farm.

The Eagles will be serving beer and alcoholic beverages for adults, and food will be catered at the event by Hy-Vee.

Tickets are on sale now at coyoteopoly.com. Tickets will be $10 in advance, and $15 the day of. The advance tickets are available for sale at Hy-Vee. All money raised from ticket sales and sponsors will be donated to the Vermillion Food Pantry to help purchase food and supplies.

"We're excited to be able to offer great bands and entertainment while at the same time raising money for such a great cause like the Vermillion Food Pantry," said Dustin Jeschke, president of Coyoteopoly.

For more information about Prairiefest, please visit coyoteopoly.com. Additional information is available on the Prairiefest Facebook page.

Coyoteopoly is a USD-student run corporation that strives to provide charitable work for the Vermillion area. Since its inception in the fall of 2004, Coyoteopoly has had a net revenue of $108,006, which has gone directly to charities and organizations of local interest.

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