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DCTC gears up for SeptemberFest

Each year, Dakota County Technical College's SeptemberFest has reinvented itself and this year is no different. The annual event will feature a bunch of new events for people of all ages.

This year's SeptemberFest will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the DCTC campus. Some of the highlights to this year event, which is open to the public, will include live music provided by Buster's in Apple Valley, a medallion hunt, a petting zoo, a 5 kilometer run/ walk, a volleyball tournament, an outdoor movie and more.

Erin Larsen, director of marketing and communications for DCTC, said the college is bringing back past popular events as well, such as a classic car show, arts and crafts vendors, a farmer's market and Scholarship in the Haystack for students. And of course there will be lots of food available.

An unusual addition to the festivities this year is Lucky Shot, an event that involves goat poop. Organizers will create a grid with numbers on it. Participants will pick a number from the grid in hopes that a turd might happen on their square. After all the squares are sold the goat will be let loose and choose the lucky winner.

"It should be fun," said Chris Hayes, DCTC communications coordinator.

A less gross event being featured will be the Dessert Silent Auction. Desserts contributed by people from the college's various programs and departments will be available.

Hayes said the event was established to create relationships with the community of Rosemount. In its third year, Hayes said they hope to draw more people out to the event, including students. Last year the event drew 3,000 people to the campus.

In addition to connecting with the community, Hayes said the event will also raise scholarship money for students.

SeptemberFest is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Dakota County Technical College website at