Midsommar at Dalesburg features Swedish folk singer

Midsommar at Dalesburg features Swedish folk singer Swedish song, Norwegian dancing, folk music, games, lefse, crafts and a savory Scandinavian-style smorgasbord are on the menu as the Dalesburg community celebrates Midsommar on Friday, June 21. There may even be a surprise or two during the day.

You're "alla valkomna" at Dalesburg Lutheran Church north of Vermillion for the 133rd annual festival. The country gathering features friends, food, fun and faith.

Highlights include Swedish singer Ross Sutter, who will share the folk songs of his childhood at the 2 p.m. program in the air-conditioned sanctuary and the 7 p.m. evening program on the lawns north of the country church.

Sutter, a Minneapolis musician of Swedish heritage, performs all over the Midwest. He plays guitar, button accordion, dulcimer and other instruments as he shares songs from his grandmother and tunes collected during visits to Sweden.

Dalesburg's 133rd Swedish celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday when the Luther League food stand opens, featuring sandwiches, snacks and everyone's favorite � homemade pies. The 2 p.m. program follows with Sutter and singing. During the afternoon, vistors can examine arts and crafts, watch lefse makers at work and sample their wares, chat with old friends and make new ones and relax indoors or on the church lawns.

Swedish meatballs, potatiskorv and other goodies will tempt tastebuds from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for ages 4 to 10 and may be purchased at the church.

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 stirring concert by Dakota Road Music, featuring original compositions. The traditional Midsommar pole ceremony, Norwegian Folk Dancers, another performance by Ross Sutter and Scandinavian Ring Dances open to all will fill out the evening.

For the more athletically inclined, 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 23, 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. Robert Freye of Komstad Covenant will lead the outdoor service (weather permitting).

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