Tickets on sale for 2004 Schmeckfest

Tickets on sale for 2004 Schmeckfest Orders are now being taken for tickets for the 46th annual Schmeckfest to be held in Freeman April 1-3, 2004.

All tickets for the popular ethnic German meal served at the three-day festival are sold by mail order, advance sale only. A full three-course meal featuring the traditional foods of the Freeman community is served family style to 1,000 guests each night.

Tickets are also now on sale for reserved seats for the 2004 Schmeckfest production, the musical comedy Lucky Stiff, written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who teamed to to write Anastasia, Seussical and the Tony Award-winning Ragtime.

The light-hearted musical, Lucky Stiff is based on the play The Man Who Broke The Bank at Monte Carlo. This far-fetched, entertaining story, featuring zany lyrics and catchy music, will be performed at Pioneer Hall each evening of Schmeckfest at 8 p.m. The musical will also be presented Sunday afternoon, April 4 in a 2 p.m. matinee.

The festival also includes free demonstrations, displays, programs and exhibits celebrating the Germans-from-Russia Mennonite tradition of the Freeman community

Tickets for the meal and reserved seats for the musical are mail order, advance sale only. For tickets or more information, write Schmeckfest, Box S, Freeman, SD 57029 or go to

All orders received prior to Dec. 1 will be filled by a random drawing. Those received after Dec. 1 are processed daily with first-choice preference given when available. All orders for tickets should include a check and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Celebrating its 46th anniversary Schmeckfest � a "tasting festival" � started in 1959 as a one-time event by the Freeman Academy and Junior College Women's Auxiliary to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

It proved to be so popular that it quickly became an annual affair. Held in late March or early April each year, this three-day festival brings hundreds of guests to the community from near and far.

Proceeds from Schmeckfest go to benefit Freeman Academy, a Christian, co-educational middle and high school affiliated with Mennonite churches in the area established in 1900.

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