The answers to your questions
The South Dakota Chislic Festival sounds amazing! When and where is it?
The 2019 festival is Saturday, July 27th with more detaisl to come!
With all the rain we've had lately, will the event be canceled due to bad weather?
No, the festival is on rain or shine! The event will move to the Freeman Community Center in the event of inclement weather.
Do I have to pay to park or get into the festival?
No, parking and admission are FREE!
Me and a bunch of friends are coming, where should we park?
The festival map includes an area for festival parking off of N. County Road. The festival has parking attendants to assist with parking.
I've found my way to the festival parking. Do I have to walk to the event?
Unless you'd like some exercise, we encourage you to wait for the shuttle to transport you to the festival.
Can I bring my moped, golf cart or 4-wheeler on the festival grounds?
We hope you get to the festival by any means necessary, but for the safety of festival-goers, only festival staff/volunteers/security and emergency services vehicles will be allowed in the festival area. Personal mobility scooters are permitted.
Is the SD Chislic Festival wheelchair accessible?
The festival is held in an outdoor environment. The area is mostly flat with gravel and grass. We want the festival to be enjoyable for everyone! We have designated accessible parking, and an accessible restroom. Vehicles must have appropriate plates or permits to park in accessible spaces. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
My dog is my best friend, can he come to the festival too?
You'll have to leave your BFF at home this time. The only animals allowed on festival grounds are service animals. With all the people and activity, your pet will likely feel better at home anyway.
Is the festival 21+ or can I bring my family?
While you will need to be 21 to enjoy the craft beer, all ages are welcome at the festival! The kid zone at the park will include Bingo, horse back rides, sand castle building, inflatables, swimming, yard games tennis and more! There will also be a bean bag tournament in the softball field and volleyball tournament at the park. We're family-friendly folks!
How much do the kid zone activities cost?
Several activities are no cost like the yard games, and tennis (bring your rackets and ball). Horseback rides will be available on a pay-by-donation basis. Finally, you can purchase a wrist band for your child and have unlimited access to the bouncy castle, sand pit AND the Freeman swimming pool! More details here!
I'm interested in playing in a tournament, how do I register?
Space is limited in both of our tournaments, so register today by clicking here!
My husband loves chislic and beer. Me, not so much. Will there be other things to eat and drink?
Yes! Many of your favorite festival foods will be available including funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cotton candy. See a full list of our vendors here.
I love the entertainment you have performing! Will there be seating for everyone to enjoy the show?
While there will be tables and chairs, picnic tables and tables for standing, we encourages you to bring a blanket or folding chair to enhance your enjoyment of the entertainment and overall festival experience.
I want my business name on this event! Who do I contact about being a sponsor?
The South Dakota Chislic Festival is a great way to get your business name in front of festival goers. To get the details about sponsorship, please contact Josh at 605.925.4444.
I make a pretty tasty dozen of chislic! How do I become a vendor?
We're always excited to get a call from a vendor wanting to sell something new, interesting or just delicious! You'll find more vendor information here.
I've decided to be a chislic vendor. How do I compete in the chislic competition?
Click here for all the competition details. Good luck!
Are there ATM’s at, or near the festival grounds?
Yes. An ATM is available at the festival. Please see the festival map for its location.
If I leave the festival, can I get back in?
Yes, you may come and go as you wish!
Are the festival grounds smoke-free?
Yes. The festival is a big summer highlight for many. To make it enjoyable, we ask that you refrain from smoking in the festival area.
What do I do if I need medical attention, have lost something, or need other assistance?
Please go to the festival information booth or flag down one of our festival volunteers, security or staff to assist you.
Is there somewhere I can stay in Freeman?
Freeman would love to accommodate you for the night! We have a couple of hotel and camping options available. Click here for details.
*SD Chislic Festival bans guns on festival grounds and Swimming Pool Park grounds. Alcohol can only be consumed in designated areas.