FREEMAN — Brighter days are ahead in rainy South Dakota, and with warmth on the horizon, the Chislic Festival season in South Dakota is fast approaching.

This year’s Festival will feature an expanded schedule, running from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on July 27 at Freeman’s Prairie Arboretum. Complementing the expanded hours, live entertainment will begin at noon and will continue throughout the run of the Festival. Headlining for the 2019 Festival will be South Dakota favorite and South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame’s 2018 Inductee Mogen’s Heroes. They will be preceded by a performance from the eclectic, talented act of Rock Garden Tour, and local favorite Kings of Oblivion will get the afternoon music kicked off.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Mogen’s Heroes as the headliner for the 2019 Festival,” says founder and Executive Director Joshua Hofer, “Their music has been entertaining our region for the past 40 years and they, along with Rock Garden Tour and Kings of Oblivion, will be a great fit for our family-friendly festival that will have fun and entertainment for all ages.”

Beyond music, both returning and new entertainment options will be available. Returning will be the popular Children’s Area, sponsored by Freeman Public Schools. The area will feature games, bouncy houses, and other entertainment for youth. New to this year will be entertainment provided by Sioux Falls-based Thunder Road, including laser tag and more.

New to this year will be a “Mutton Run” — competitive 10K and 5K races hosted by the Salem Mennonite Home, followed by a more laid-back 1-mile run/walk. Prizes, sign-up details, and schedule for both tournaments are all available on the Festival page at

Finally, the festival’s judged chislic competition will return, featuring the region’s top chislic makers battling it out for bragging rights of the best makers of South Dakota’s official State Nosh. This year’s chislic vendors at the Festival will compete in two categories, “Classic Sheep” and “New Age Nosh.” Winners of each competition will receive $250 and a custom-designed trophy.

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