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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Seaforth’s Polka Fest Plus this weekend

  • Seaforth, dubbed the Smallest Polka Town in the Nation, is set to celebrate its 41st annual Polka Fest Plus July 18-19.
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  • Seaforth, dubbed the Smallest Polka Town in the Nation, is set to celebrate its 41st annual Polka Fest Plus July 18-19. Seaforth is again busy gearing up for the festival which increases the town’s population of less than 100 to many times that amount. Bands have been booked, ball teams are signing up for the tournaments, cleaning of the grounds is ongoing and many other activities of preparation are taking place. Noticeable activity is set to begin Thursday night at set-up when stages are set and fencing put into place. Campers are going to begin to move into town to find a parking spot. Music begins Friday at 8 p.m. on the old-time floor by Dale Dahmen and his two young sons who are included in the Polka Beats from Buffalo, playing until midnight in the shelter. They are an upcoming young polka band. The T & A Show of Redwood Falls is scheduled play live country and rock music in the street for the younger at heart attendees. A bean bag tournament is being held by the fire hall with registration from 7:30-8 p.m. There is a 100 percent payback. There is a co-ed softball tournament at the ball diamond beginning Saturday and finishing up Sunday. 
    For information about the softball tournament call (507) 828-8728. Saturday’s activities begin with a kiddie tractor pull in Angie’s Park and a horse shoe tournament all at 2 p.m. There is a youth bean bag tournament for those 12 and under with a 6 p.m. registration. Root beer floats are being served. Local musician Beets Burtzel and gang begin playing old-time music in the shelter at 2:30 p.m. An outdoor Polka Mass is being held in the Chapel of the Pines at 5 p.m. with music by George's Concertina Band of Brownton. Attendees are asked to bring their own seating. The Larry Olsen Band of Lake Benton begins playing in the shelter at 5:30 p.m. followed by George’s Concertina Band at 9 p.m. Roxbury of Minneota begins playing live country rock music in the street. A & J Processing is again having its lunch stand throughout the festival and there is going to be a catered chicken supper served starting at 5:30 p.m. at the community Legion hall. Sunday is the softball tournament finish, and community members may be seen tearing down stands and cleaning grounds. The festival is sponsored by the Seaforth Booster Club. Proceeds from the events have done many things for the town including building the community shelter, helping build the community Legion hall and the fire hall addition, playground equipment for Angie’s Park and shelter equipment and many other activities. Last year’s proceeds went to the fire hall addition and new linoleum for the hall kitchen and bathrooms, plus other needs. Members of the community are again going to be ready to welcome attendees to the event. Advance discounted admission tickets are available at the Seaforth Tavern, Vesta Liquor and Vesta Cafe, Cedar Street Bar and Grill in Wabasso and Fuhr Insurance in Redwood Falls. For more information, call (507)984-5678.

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