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Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dawg Fest 2017 is a chance to get in the Saluki spirit.

Set for 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8, the event features a free outdoor concert by the Natu Band, which stars rock/country singer-songwriter and former Saluki football player Natu Visinia. SIU football coach Nick Hill and other SIU athletes and spirit team members will also be on hand for the festivities on the steps of Shryock Auditorium.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are welcome to attend the free event. Dawg Fest participants may bring lawn chairs or blankets for the event, which will be similar to the popular summer Sunset Concerts but with a decidedly SIU flair.

Saluki Athletics will be selling fall football game tickets on site. Students can sign up to participate in the Saluki Sprint and join the famous “Dawg Pound” that evening, too. Members of this fun student cheering section get a T-shirt, discounts at local businesses, prime seating at Saluki athletic games and first chance to reserve a spot on buses for road trips to away games for a $20 signup fee.

Glass bottles, pets and smoking are prohibited. Those attending may bring only single-serve containers, and underage drinking laws will be enforced.

New Student Programs and the Student Programming Council are sponsoring Dawg Fest. For more information, visit http://spc.rso.siu.edu/ or call 618-536-3393.

— SIU Media Services

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