Official Press Release

South Dakota’s Inaugural South Dakota Chislic Festival – July 28th, 2018

Freeman, SD (July 6, 2018) – Uniting heritage and foods in the heart of the “Chislic Circle” of South Dakota – the town of Freeman is readying for a new festival celebrating the “State Nosh” established by the SD State Legislature in early 2018. Nosh, an old German word, loosely means a snack food.

The “meat” of the event will be a judged chislic contest, with a variety of vendors competing in three categories for $250 cash prizes and custom-designed trophies from local metalworkers, 81 Metal Art. Judges will be featured from across the media, political, and grilling communities. Competitors are registered from as far away as Huron. Entries to the contest are still being accepted.

Aside from chislic, a variety of food trucks and vendors from across the region will be serving a spread of food including wings, brisket, burgers, cheese curds, deep-fried oreos, homemade ice cream, kuchen, and much more.

The event offers a variety of entertainment for the entire family. Festivities include horseback rides, a multi-area bouncy castle complex, City Park playgrounds and pool, and more.

For adults, the festival features South Dakota craft beers from across the state to enjoy. The Sioux Falls- based rock-cover band, Annabelle Band will start playing at 5 PM. Entertainment will also feature bingo, a beanbag tournament, and a 6-person team volleyball tournament, which is accepting teams from across the region. Register for the tournaments through the website’s contact page.

“The reception has been fantastic, and we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this festival to Southeast South Dakota,” says Joshua Hofer, Community Development and Marketing Coordinator for the City of Freeman. “Chislic is more than just a neat regional food. It is a celebration of our heritage and our region’s people. Here we celebrate not just Freeman, but all of the Chislic Circle, with vendors from across this area to highlight South Dakota’s best”.

For a full list of vendors, a festival map, Q & A, and more, follow the Festival’s social media pages on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat, then head to the Festival’s website at

Festival proceeds will go towards the Freeman Community Development Corporation and the Heritage Hall Museum and Archives.

The Festival will run from 4-10 PM, parking will open at 3:30 PM.

Joshua Hofer