Blog - Simply South Dakota

  • 60 Years of Schmeckfest

    March 7th, 2018

    60 Years of Schmeckfest Freeman’s Schmeckfest has been going strong for 60 years. This event celebrates the ethnic heritage of the three Mennonite groups who founded the Freeman community: Low Germans, Swiss and Hutters. While a big German meal is the centerpiece of Schmeckfest, it is not the only thing that draws thousands of people to the event. There are heritage craft and ethnic food demonstrations, as well as concerts, historical lectures, art exhibits and an annual community theatrical production. However, the event had a bit of a rocky start. Read More
  • 5 Cures for Cabin Fever

    February 26th, 2018

    5 Cures for Cabin Fever Winter is in full swing here in Southeast South Dakota. Everyone says March is the snowiest month so it’s the perfect time to get out and find ways to enjoy this snowy season. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started: Read More
  • Experience a Hometown Christmas

    November 29th, 2017

    Experience a Hometown Christmas Small town Christmas celebrations are full of all the charm and warmth that make the holidays so magical. Here are just a few “Hometown Christmas” events that will get the season off to the perfect start. Read More
  • A Weekend on the Prairie

    June 1st, 2017

    A Weekend on the Prairie Ever wish you could experience what it may have been like living and sleeping in a covered wagon - or how people lived that came west and homesteaded on the prairie? You can get a taste of this life in DeSmet. Whether you camp all night on the prairie or just visit for the day, it’s a perfect getaway destination that’s educational and lots of fun! Read More
  • Tips For Fishing With Kids: Make a Lifetime of Memories

    April 20th, 2017

    Tips For Fishing With Kids: Make a Lifetime of Memories I learned how to fish by the time I could walk and I taught my kids to fish when they were very small. Introducing kids to fishing at an early age can be a fun family activity. We “fished” in the backyard by learning how to cast a rubber plug into a hula-hoop on the ground. They would play for hours dangling their feet off the back step, pretending to catch the Big One. The kids loved planning our upcoming fishing trip for weeks ahead of time. Here's a few tips to make it a big success... Read More