Brian Van Horn

Mayville State President Brian Van Horn gestures to the crowd Wednesday after announcing that crews from the TV series “Small Town Big Deal” will be on campus in September.

Crews from the nationally syndicated TV show “Small Town Big Deal” will be on the Mayville State University campus for Farmer’s Bowl weekend in mid-September.

MSU President Brian Van Horn announced Wednesday that the university and city of Mayville will be the focus of an upcoming episode of the TV series following the show’s first-ever stop in North Dakota.

“We want to share with the world this special place we call home,” Van Horn told a large audience gathered inside MSU’s Lewy Lee Fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon.

Van Horn revealed in late March in his weekly column in the Hillsboro Banner and Traill County Tribune that a major announcement was in the works for the university.

However, campus officials kept the news under wraps prior to Wednesday’s big reveal, which included remarks from Mayville Mayor Steve Bensen and “Small Town Big Deal” co-host Jann Carl.

A former Entertainment Tonight anchor who appeared at Wednesday’s announcement via Zoom, Carl said she and co-host Rodney Miller, former CEO of McCormick International, were looking forward to their trip to Mayville during MSU’s Farmer’s Bowl weekend Sept. 16-19.

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