Feast of Cultures

Immigrants from dozens of countries in Europe and Asia settled this part of South Dakota, and their descendants pay tribute to that heritage with fun festivals throughout the year. Schmeckfest is Freeman’s annual springtime tasting festival, where German standards like sausage, fried potatoes, sauerkraut and cheese buttons are on the menu (don’t miss the cultural demonstrations and historical buildings at Freeman Academy). Czech Days in June brings thousands of people to Tabor, where Bohemian culture thrives through colorful dress, polka music and thousands of fruit-filled pastries called kolaches. The Midsummer Festival at Dalesburg Lutheran Church north of Vermillion features a full Swedish smorgasbord and dancing around the midsummer pole in celebration of the longest day of the year. The Danes of Viborg sing, dance and dine on little round pancakes called aebleskiver at Danish Days in July (you might even see a Viking ship rolling down Main Street). There’s a festival for everyone. Just be sure to come hungry.

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