Dakota Days

We look forward to the 106th Dakota Days celebration next year on October 2-3, 2020!

A Little History

Robert Slagle, the ninth president of the University of South Dakota brought the idea of Dakota Day with him to USD and the USD Students' Association organized the first Dakota Day for November 20, 1914.

On a sunny Friday, parade participants assembled in front of East Hall. The first Miss Dakota, Fern Wassum, led the parade in a car decorated with red and white bunting. The parade wound through Vermillion and met the Yankton College football team at the train station. USD won the football game 33-3.

The Volante, reporting on the day said, "Without a doubt, a more cosmopolitan gathering never assembled in this section of the country."

Book Your Stay

Be sure to plan your stay in the Vermillion area soon as hotels are filling up fast! Check out Vermillion Area Visitor and Tourism for a complete listing of hotels to book your stay today.

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