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Delmont to host pair of festivals this weekend

DELMONT -- Don't say there's nothing to do in Delmont this weekend.

The 17th annual Kuchen Festival and the 10th annual Twin Rivers Old Iron Association Old Time Harvest Festival will run Saturday and Sunday in and near Delmont.

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Event organizers said the two festivals are separate events, but will run simultaneously and typically bring in some cross traffic.

Earla Strid, of Delmont, said there will be more kuchen than ever -- more than 1,300, all made with Strid's secret family recipe.

"My mother showed me how when I first got married 20 years ago. It is her recipe," Strid said, who is president of the Delmont Historical Society and coordinator of the Kuchen Festival. "I am kind of proud of that."

Strid described kuchen, a German dessert, as a sweet dough put in a pie pan with fruit, a custard sauce, cinnamon and sugar. It was named the official state dessert of South Dakota in 2000.

Each year, Strid said the festival offers 13 different kinds, from apple and blueberry to coconut, custard or cottage cheese. They will be for sale at the American Legion.

Other events will go on throughout the weekend, including live music on both days, interviews with older citizens from the community, an art show, children's games and a parade down Main Street. Strid said there has only been a parade in three years of the festival. All events are free, but there will be food for sale.

"We have activities for everyone," Strid said. "You could spend the whole two days at the festival and probably not take in everything."

Just a quarter-mile west of Delmont's Main Street, the Old Time Harvest Festival will take place at the Twin Rivers Old Iron Association's historic farm.

Glennis Stern, a farmer from rural Armour, is chairman of the Twin Rivers Old Iron Association. He said the festival is a way to honor the the agricultural background of the area, as well as a way to educate younger generations on an older way of life.

"It shows people how things were done," Stern said. "There's a lot of younger people that have never seen it, how much work really was involved in the earlier farming stages compared to now."

In addition to a petting zoo, pedal pull and other children's activities, Stern said there will be a sheep-shearing demonstration, a tractor pull, thrashing demonstration and antique machinery, parade and equipment on display throughout the weekend.

"It's there to preserve our heritage, our forefathers' heritage, what they lived through and how they did it," Stern said.

Kuchen Festival schedule

• Kuchen available at the Legion Hall, downtown, Saturday and Sunday.

• Harpist Clarence Larsen, of Mitchell, playing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Legion Hall.

• Children's activities from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.

• Quilt and fabric arts show at the community center.

• Art show and sale at the Delmont Steakhouse.

• Bingo from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the No Place Lounge.

• Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown.

• Pumphouse Museum open.

• Phil's Band playing from 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Main Street.

Old Time Harvest Festival schedule

• Open to public starting at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Twin Rivers Old Iron Association historic farm, quarter-mile west of Delmont. This year's featured group is Allis-Chalmers tractors and machinery.

• Flea market.

• Barbecue pork supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Meal is $7 with one sandwich, or $8.50 for more than one.

• All you can eat pancake breakfast, with two pieces of sausage, at 8 a.m. Sunday for $6. Non-denominational church service at 9 a.m.