VERMILLION, S.D. - Dalesburg Lutheran Church celebrates its 142nd annual Midsommar with history, music, fun and food on Friday. All are invited to share a day in the countryside near Vermillion, Centerville and Beresford.
The festival begins at 2 p.m. with an afternoon of history in the air-conditioned church. "140 Years of Dalesburg" will include songs and stories. After the program, visitors can browse booths and vendors and greet friends. From 4:30 to 6:30, festival-goers can savor homemade meatballs, potatis korv and other tasty specialties at the Smorgasbord. Homemade pie, taverns and snacks are available from 1 to 10 p.m. at the Youth Food Stand operated by the Dalesburg Lutheran and Komstad Covenant youth.
The evening program at 7 showcases harmony with The Great Pretenders of Pipestone. The quartet sings tunes from the 1950s to present day. The group has been entertaining regional audiences for the past 25 years. Nordic Nimble Feet folkdancers will show off their ethnic folk dancing, and the program ends as all in the audience are invited to join dancers around the Midsommar Pole.
The festival dates back into the late 1860s, when settlers from Dalarna County of Sweden came to Southeast South Dakota. Along the way, these pioneer families founded Dalesburg Lutheran Church, about 12 miles north of Vermillion, and started a Midsommar tradition. Today, the festival features the efforts of three traditionally Swedish country churches in the area, Dalesburg Lutheran, Dalesburg Baptist and Komstad Covenant.