Despite being the smallest Polka town in the nation, the community of Seaforth knows how to celebrate.
This weekend, Seaforth will celebrate its 39th annual Polka Fest Plus, sponsored by the Seaforth Booster Club.
"Seaforth is a small town, but everybody works together," organizer Maureen Bernardy says. "A lot of younger ones who grew up around here come home for the weekend. Most of us have to work a shift here or there, but we all come together to celebrate."
The festivities will begin Friday night with two area bands. Sleepy Eye band Dain's Dutchmen will entertain the crowd from 8 p.m. to midnight in the shelter. Hicktown Mafia, a live country rock band from Belview, will play by the Seaforth Fire Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
"We usually get a lot of variety of people at the celebration," Bernardy said. "We even get some of the younger crowd to dance. But even if they don't polka, it's good for them to just watch and see what the difference is."
On Saturday, there are a number of activities for people of all ages. A co-ed softball tournament will take place, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and concluding Sunday at the ball diamond.
For the younger crowd, there is a sanctioned kiddie tractor pull for ages 4-11 at Angie's Park, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Beginning at 2 p.m., individuals can take part in a horseshoe tournament at the park or enjoy music by George's Concertina Band, based out of Brownton, which plays from 2-4 p.m. at the shelter, followed by Kris & the Riverbend Dutchmen, a Mankato band.
At 5 p.m., a Polka mass will be held outdoors, weather permitting, behind St. Mary's. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.
"Some people that aren't Catholic like going to the outdoor mass," Bernardy said. "It's in the trees so it's a shaded area, and the songs are played to Polka music. I think people really like that."
A catered chicken supper will be served at the Legion Community Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Beverage and lunch stands will also be available throughout the celebration.
A bean bag tournament with 100 percent payback will be held Saturday, with registration taking place from 7:30-8:30 p.m. by the fire hall.
Other musical performances on Saturday include the Larry Olsen Band, of Lake Benton, performing throughout the late afternoon and into the evening, and The T & A Show, a live country/rock band from Redwood Falls, which will provide entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
"It's the first time that The T & A Show has been here," Bernardy said. "So we'll have live country rock on both nights instead of having a deejay on Saturday this year."
Advance admission ticket prices are $8 and are available at the Seaforth Tavern, Vesta Bar, Vesta Cafe and the Cedar Street Bar in Wabasso until noon on Friday. Tickets allow entry for both days. Two day ticket prices at the gate are $14. Single-day admission prices are $9. Children 11 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will go towards the fire hall addition and other community needs.
There is free parking and camping (with no hook-ups) available. For more information about Polka Fest Plus, call 507-984-5678.
Dain's Dutchmen (Sleepy Eye) 8 p.m. - midnight
Hicktown Mafia (Belview) 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
George's Concertina Band (Brownton) 2-4 p.m., 5 p.m. Polka Mass
Kris & the Riverbend Dutchmen (Mankato) 4-5 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m., 8:30-10 p.m.
Larry Olsen (Lake Benton) 5-6 p.m., 7:30-8:30 p.m., 10-12 midnight.
The T & A Show (Redwood Falls) 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Co-Ed Softball 2-day Tourney (Contact 507-984-3145)
Tractor Pull for Kids (Ages 4-11) 1:30 p.m. at Angie's Park
Horse Show Tourney 2 p.m.
Beer Stand (2-4 p.m. Happy Hour)
Polka Mass 5 p.m. Outdoors (Bring your own seating)
Chicken Supper Catered 5:30 p.m.
Bean Bag Tourney 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Contact 507-747-2967)
Softball Tourney Finals