The beginning of Schmeckfest in 1959 is quite the story.  Click here to learn about how it all started and what has happened the last 60 years.


If you have questions about tickets, contact us at (605) 925-4542 or at schmeckfest@gmail.com

Have interest in participating in the Schmeckfest machine? Contact: Debra Schmeichel 605-648-3430 (leave a message)

For other questions, you can call (605) 925-4237

Our mailing address is:


PO Box S

Freeman, SD 57029

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Tickets for the 2020 Schmeckfest meal and musical are currently unavailable until the postponed dates are finalized.

March 20-21, 27-28, 2020

Schmeckfest 2020 has been postponed due to concerns over COVID 19.  The dates for the postponed show have not yet been set.  Please check back later.

  All proceeds benefit

Freeman Academy

The Schmeckfest experience includes many facets - dining, musical production, food and craft demonstrations, the arts, and more food!  Click here to learn more!

Updated 3/18/2020 Official statement from Freeman Academy & Schmeckfest Auxiliary Executive Board

The Schmeckfest Auxiliary Executive Board, Freeman Academy Board of Directors, and Administration have postponed Schmeckfest 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Tentative dates have been discussed and will be announced as we hear official updates regarding COVID-19.  Schmeckfest musical and meal tickets will be transferable to a rescheduled date in 2020.  This has been Freeman Academy’s largest fundraiser for over 60 years.

This has been a difficult decision; however we cannot risk the safety of our students, faculty, volunteers, community and Schmeckfest visitors. We also feel a personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this contagious virus. We have been strongly encouraged to take preventative measures, not just for ourselves, but for all those who enter our campus, and especially those with weakened immune systems.

Updates will be available on FreemanAcademy.org, Schmeckfest.com and official Facebook pages for Freeman Academy and Schmeckfest, as more information follows in the coming days and weeks. Contact Nathan Epp at nepp@freemanacademy.org or Meranda Van Ningen, Development Director / Schmeckfest Coordinator at mvanningen@freemanacademy.org.

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Schmeckfest is an annual celebration of community and heritage in Freeman, SD.  In 2020 we will host our 62nd season featuring the musical "Matilda the Musical" as well as the the traditional buffet meal.