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Freeman, SD 57029



Chislic Circle...History, SD Chislic Festival & Shashlik 


24 mi. south of I-90 Exit 364 on HWY 81.

32 mi. west of I-29 Exit 47 on HWY 46.
Turn north on HWY 81 to Freeman.

34 mi. north of Yankton on HWY 81.

​​​May 22, 2019

Second Annual South Dakota Chislic Festival

Uniting heritage and foods at the heart of the “Chislic Circle” of South Dakota lore - the “South Dakota Chislic Festival” is back!

The festival will take place on Freeman’s Prairie Aboretum on July 27 beginning at 9 a.m.. It will revolve around a judged chislic competition, with top-ranked Chislic recipes receiving cash prizes and trophies. The event will also feature craft beer from across the state, as well as a variety of other activities and entertainment.

Learn more here: Event Website and follow on Facebook

  • The Chislic Circle: The Story of How German Settlers Brought Shashlik to South Dakota with Special Guest Marnette from Heritage Hall Museum

Quiz: What do the North Caucasus, Germany, and South Dakota have in common? Yep: MEAT. Today we hear from our wonderful guest Marnette about how a fascinating turn of history led Germans settlers in Russia out to the territory that became South Dakota. And with them they brought the wonderful tradition of shashlik—but with a German accent. That’s right, “chislic,” the little known but GROWING tradition of cooked meat, prairie-style. Our guest is director and archivist for Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman, South Dakota. And she’s a lot of fun, we think you’ll agree.​ PODCAST: https://caucastalk.com/46-2/