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Brandon Helgeson

A new Rochesterfest executive director has been selected. 

Brandon Helgeson, owner of Big Bang Cos., will take the position left vacant by Brent Ackerman, who left the job after four years to become director of sales and marketing at The Rochester Civic Theatre. 

"I plan to pick up where my dedicated predecessor, Brent Ackerman, left off.” Helgeson said, expressing excitement for the new opportunity. “I look forward to applying my 30 years of experience to working on this celebration of our city as it continues to grow and evolve.”

A longtime Rochester resident, Helgeson has created, marketed and managed a variety of events, including music festivals and sporting events, through his company. He's also been an active Olmsted County Fair Board member, filling roles that involved entertainment booking, marketing, operations and volunteer management.

With Rochesterfest 2020 set for June 20-28 at Soldiers Field Park and other venues throughout the city, Ackerman said he plans to remain involved with Rochesterfest as a board member and volunteer.

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