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Tech college set to celebrate September

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Last year Dakota County Technical College held Summerfest, an arts festival intended to get people out to the campus. It was successful, but organizers knew they could do better. So they asked attendees for feedback.

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Suggestions varied, but the most common were to get students involved and make it more family oriented. Those suggestions were taken to heart and Summerfest evolved into Septemberfest.

Septemberfest will be held Sept. 13 and 14 at the DCTC campus. The family-friendly affair will feature two full days of events.

The most prominent event of the weekend will be the Dakota County has Talent competition. The event will resemble the NBC television show America's got Talent in which performers with different abilities compete against each other.

Singers, dancers, jugglers and comedians from near and far will compete against each other for a $1,000 prize. DCTC communications coordinator Erin Larsen said the school has narrowed the field down to 16 acts that will perform Saturday afternoon. A panel of judges chosen from around the area will pick the top six acts who will return Sunday. The judges will pick a winner Sunday.

Larsen said the school received quite a few video submissions for the contest. The field was narrowed down to account for time and content.

"It was fun to see the videos and the time people put into them," Larsen said. "The show should be really cool to see."

While the talent contest will be the highlight of the two-day festival there will be a lot of other activities going on as well. There will be arts and craft vendors, a car and motorcycle show, hot air balloon rides, children's activities, a farmer's market and of course food. In all, secretary of operations Lynda McPherson said there will be 80 vendors for the festival.

"It's going to be a great multigenerational event," said McPherson.

Students hoping to score a few bucks towards their school expenses will have the opportunity to try and find a Scholarship in a Haystack. Larsen said there will be several medallions tossed into a haystack. Each medallion will be worth at least $500.

Organizers hope Septemberfest will become an annual event for the college. McPherson said it is a good way to get people out to the campus and show them what DCTC has to offer.

The event is free and open to the public. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information visit DCTC's web site at www.dctc.edu.

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