Community Vitality Team Seeks to Spark Rural Development

Saturday, August 22, 2020

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — Josh Hofer knows about marketing — after all, he founded a festival based on meat cubes that has drawn thousands of visitors.

The Freeman native helped launch the South Dakota Chislic Festival in his hometown. The one-day event featured chislic — skewered meat, usually lamb or mutton, cooked over a grill — introduced by the German-Russian settlers of this town of 1,300 residents.

Hofer and other organizers hoped for 1,000 visitors — but were greeted by an estimated 8,000. “We were overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up. We never expected that type of response,” he said.

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