It’s time for Midsommar at Dalesburg Lutheran

It's time for Midsommar at Dalesburg Lutheran It's time for Midsommar at Dalesburg � a traditional home-style gathering featuring friends, food, fun and faith on Friday, June 22, as the rural Vermillion church celebrates its 132nd festival.

One of the highlights will be concerts by nationally recognized singer, songwriter and recording artist Ann Zimmerman who will perform at 2 p.m. in the air-conditioned sanctuary, and outdoors for the 7 p.m. program north of the church.

Dalesburg's 132nd traditional Swedish celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday when the Luther League food stand opens, featuring sandwiches, snacks and homemade pies.

The 2 p.m. program follows with Zimmerman, group singing and recognition for elders. During the afternoon, crafts, activities and music will highlight the day.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the smorgasbord satisfies diners with homemade salads, meatballs, potato sausage and other Scandinavian specialties. Tickets � $7 for adults and $3 for ages 4 to 10 � may be purchased at the door.

At 7 p.m., visitors will gather on the north lawn and relax on their lawn chairs or on the grass (some seating available) for a Dalesburg Community Band concert directed by Norm Twedt, the traditional Midsommar pole-raising ceremony, Norwegian folk dancers, more of Zimmerman's music and Scandinavian ring dances open to all.

The Midsommar ballgames � softball and volleyball � will gear up at about 9 p.m. at the Ben Carlson Memorial Field just south of the church.

The festival wraps up at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 24, as the three rural historically Swedish churches from the area � Dalesburg Lutheran, Dalesburg Baptist and Komstad Covenant � present worship services at Dalesburg Lutheran, featuring the Dalesburg Community Choir under the direction of Dorothy Strom. The Rev. John Wilzewske of Dalesburg Baptist will lead the outdoor service (weather permitting).

Dalesburg Lutheran Church is located 12 miles north of Vermillion on University Road.

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