Toe-tapping fun is in store for Midsommar

Toe-tapping fun is in store for Midsommar
Enjoy Nora Store music on a summer afternoon; tap your toes to Jack Norton & the Mullet River Boys; and feast on fabulous homemade foods.

Valkommen till the 137th Annual Midsommar at Dalesburg., Friday, June 23.

You're invited to eat, drink and be merry in a beautiful countryside atmosphere. Lively music, tasty foods and family fun are on the menu, from 2 to 10 p.m.


How about some "Nora Store Music in June?" At Christmastime, hundreds of people travel to tiny Nora to celebrate the season. For the 2 p.m. Midsommar program, Mike Pederson, known throughout the area for his old-fashioned country Christmas singalongs, will present a lively summertime version. Plus, we'll learn a little bit about the Old Country when Dr. Gene Miller presents "Church Life in Sweden and Demark." The 2 p.m. program is presented in the air-conditioned church.

After the program, there's time for activities, games on the north lawn and meeting old and new friends. The Luther League Stand outside offers snacks and homemade pie throughout the day.

Then it's time for feasting. The homemade smorgasboard features meat-balls, potatis korv and other Scandinavian goodies from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 4-10.

At 7 p.m., everyone gathers on the north lawn for an evening of entertainment. Norm Twedt will direct the Dalesburg Community Band. Headliners are singer/guitarist Ed Westburg and Jack Norton & the Mullet River Boys. The program ends as everyone is invited to dance around the Midsommar Pole. Sports enthusiasts head for the Daleburg ball field for the Midsommar Ballgame.

Ed Westburg, a native of rural Beresford, is a popular local favorite who offers a country/folk repertoire.

Jack Norton & the Mullet River Boys are based in Nashville and present a variety show with bluegrass, Dixieland swing, vaudeville and country comedy influences.

The peaceful country church north of Vermillion offers wonderful family fare for this celebration of Swedish heritage. Midsommar begins at 2 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the historically Swedish country church 12 miles north of Vermillion. The feasting, entertainment and friendship continue until late Friday night. The festival ends Sunday, June 25, with community worship at 9 a.m.

Friday events include a 2 p.m. program in the air-conditioned church; smorgasbord from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 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. Bring a chair and insect repellant for the outdoor events.

On Sunday, everyone is invited to join the congregations of the rural 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 Julie Morren, will perform.

The church, founded by Swedish settlers in 1868, sits in the midst of green lawns and peaceful farmlands, centrally located between Vermillion, Beresford and Centerville at the intersection of University Road and the Volin Road (306th Street), 5.5 miles west of I-29 Exit 38, or 12 miles north of Vermillion (Highway 50) on University Road (Ratingen Street) or 9 miles south of Highway 46 on the 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. Lefse Factory, games, music, crafts, children's activities.

? 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. � Scandinavian smorgasbord.

? 7 p.m. � Evening program.

? 9 p.m. � Midsommar ballgame.

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