Midsommar at Dalesburg is June 20-22

Midsommar at Dalesburg is June 20-22 Take 134 years of tradition. Mix in friends, fun and faith. Add meatballs, potatis korv, homemade pie. Finish up with music, dance and a touch of the jumpin' jimminy! It's time for Midsommar at Dalesburg.

The country church kicks off its 134th Midsommar at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, a historically Swedish church. The food, fun and fellowship continue until late Friday night. The festival ends Sunday, June 22, with community worship at 9 a.m.

Friday's events include a 2 p.m. program in the air-conditioned church; a 7 p.m. evening program on the shady north lawn of the church; and a Midsommar ballgame, beginning at

around 9 p.m. at the ballfield south of the church.

Plenty of good food will keep visitors energized on Friday: a mouth-watering Scandinavian Smorgasbord from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; plus sandwiches, snacks and homemade pie at the Luther League stand from 1 p.m. to about 10 p.m. Don't forget to make a stop during the afternoon at the Lefse Factory.

The afternoon program begins at 2 p.m. and features the sounds of Sweden through the songs of Ross Sutter. The internationally known Minneapolis musician first learned the songs of Scandinavia at his grandmother's knee.

Sutter has spent years collecting the music of the old country and learning the instruments, including guitar, button accordion, dulcimer and

others like the jumpin' jimminy. Those who attend also will have a chance to sing � in English and Swedish.

Ever wonder what a Viking looked like? The Viking Age Club of Minneapolis will be on hand, too, and you'll get your chance.

After the program there's time to chat, indoors or out; make new friends; enjoy informal musical entertainments; peruse area crafts; participate in children's activities; feast on the smorgasbord; or try a piece of homemade pie.

The evening program spotlights the Dalesburg Community Band directed by Norm Twedt, the raising of the Midsommar Pole, the Saints & Sinners Quartet, and more Scandinavian songs by Ross Sutter. Then, everyone joins in with traditional dances around the Midsommar Pole.

On Sunday, everyone is invited to join the congregations of the area's three historically Swedish churches � Dalesburg Lutheran, Dalesburg Baptist and Komstad Covenant � for a Community Worship at 9 a.m. on the north lawn of Dalesburg Lutheran. The Dalesburg Community Choir, directed by Dorothy Strom, will perform.

The church, founded by Swedish settlers in 1868, sits in the midst of green lawns and peaceful farmlands at the intersection of University Road and the Volin Road (306th Street), 5.5 miles west of I-29 Exit 38, or about 9 miles south of Hwy 46 on University Road.

Midsommar is a mix of the old country and the new. The original festival is of Viking origin, celebrating the Summer Solstice. Midsommar came to South Dakota when Swedish immigrants from Dalarna Province founded Dalesburg Lutheran Church in 1868.

Midsommar at Dalesburg

1 to 10 p.m. � Luther League Food Stand.

2 p.m. � Afternoon Program with Ross Sutter.

Afternoon � Lefse factory, Viking re-enactors, music, crafts, children's activities.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. � Scandinavian Smorgasbord.

7 p.m. � Evening program with Dalesburg Community Band, Ross Sutter, Saints & Sinners Quartet, Scandinavian ring dances for all.

9 p.m. � Midsommar Ballgame.

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