More Chislic, More Beverages, More Room! New Venue and Expanded Hours Highlight Upcoming Festival

Freeman, SD (July 10, 2019) – Featuring a new, 40-acre venue, an expanded 12-hour schedule, and a full list of activities, the 2nd annual South Dakota Chislic Festival is set for Saturday, July 27th at the Freeman Prairie Arboretum. Over 50 vendors with over 10 times the chislic, multiple sites for beverages, and an expanded layout highlight the changes from the 2018 event. “The draw for our initial year was fantastic and overwhelming,” said Festival Founder Joshua Hofer. “We are coming back with a full year of planning, huge increases in chislic and beverages, and vastly more room moving into year 2. We have appreciated the patience of our patrons in responding to last year, and we think we have a fantastic event planned for July 27th.”

Returning will be the popular beanbag tournaments, with two competitive events and a cash payout for winners. New to this year, Freeman Academy/Marion’s athletic program will be hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament starting at 10 AM, with t-shirts and prizes for the champions. Also new will be the Salem Mennonite Home’s “Mutton Run”, a competitive 5K, 10K, and casual 1-mile walk/run beginning at 7:30 AM. The next-door Heritage Hall Museum and Archives will also be a hub of activity at the Festival. It will be open all-day for a $5 admission with a petting zoo, special chislic-featured programming, and engaging demonstrations from experts on the heritage of the dish.

Entertainment will be expanded as well, with a full day of entertainment planned featuring Kings of Oblivion, Rock Garden Tour, and SD Hall of Fame 2018 inductee Mogen’s Heroes headlining. Rounding out the entertainment will be the return of the Kids Area sponsored by Freeman Public Schools, this year supplemented with interactive, family-fun options from Sioux Falls-based Thunder Road.

In 2019, the entire community of Freeman will be joining the action with a block party on Freeman’s Main Street. Highlights include a wine tasting and sales at Vintage Vault and Floral Gifts, inflatables and a dunk tank provided by Doc’s Bar, Bingo for Books at the Freeman Public Library, food at Blue’s Family Restaurant, and more. A special opportunity will be hosted by Vintage Vault Floral and Gifts, as they will be giving rides behind an authentic steam engine provided by the Menno Pioneer Power Show. After the Festival, Hootz will be hosting local band Uncle Roy and the Boys at 9 PM.

Finally, for festival-goers that don’t relish the idea of finding parking that day, the Festival is rolling out a VIP Valet Parking offering for $75/vehicle. Sales will be open until July 22nd.

Tournament sign-ups, details on activities, and schedules can all be found on the Festival website at and the company’s social media channels.

Joshua Hofer