I know what you're thinking, why would an animal lover attend a festival that is encouraging the consumption of meat in the Midwest?
Well, that's what I chose to do with my Saturday evening this past weekend. I have been a vegetarian for the past six years, even though my upbringing has been here in the Rushmore State. I never really liked the taste of meat growing up and when my father was stationed elsewhere than here in South Dakota, my mother attempted to convert us to the supposed healthier lifestyle of vegetarianism. Needless to say, I haven't gone back to eating meat.
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The South Dakota Chislic Festival in Freeman, South Dakota, did indeed offer other options to festival attendees than just the adored cube meat on a stick. I had a big glass of delicious lemonade and some jalapeno poppers. Some vendors even offered deep-fried dessert options, which included deep-fried Oreos and cheesecake bites. The poppers were my favorite by far, as I am a big fan of anything spicy when it comes to food.
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The event also offered young children a kids' zone that featured inflatables and face painting.
Small business owners had a presence throughout with their booths selling anything from scented essential oils to handmade wooden art pieces. A live local band playing in the background provided that small hometown feel we all know and love.
The organizers of Freeman's second annual South Dakota Chislic Festival did an awesome job providing a fun evening, even for a leaf-eater like myself. ​​