Festival in S. Dakota turns 60

Schmeckfest has been on my mind these days since the 60th annual event is coming up next month.

The reason I know about this one, especially, is that there is a book being printed about it by the Freeman Courier newspaper in Freeman, S.D., and our book-printing company is assist­ing Tim Waltner and his son, Jeremy, with the project.

It is titled “Schmeckfest at 60: A comprehensive look at Freeman South Dakota’s ‘Festival of Tasting’ on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.” The hard-cover book contains nearly 150 photos in color and black-and-white in 252 pages. To pre-order you can go to the newspaper’s Facebook page for information or the Freeman Courier website.

If you are a regular attender of this event, which is coming up on March 16, 17 and 23, 24, I would appreciate hearing from you about it. My email is at the end of this column.

I have wondered where all of the weather apps get their information. They seem to be very much not in agreement about what is coming. Therefore, I just look at the one that comes with my phone and pretend I know what the weather will be outside.

One of the best gifts I have received was the head scratcher from Patty Decker. I could spend all day moving those metal fingers with tips up and down my scalp.

It feels even better when someone else, like your spouse, is doing it for you.

If you send me jokes that I think are funny, I may end up using them in this column. Here is one I received recently:

A nice lady heard that baths in milk would make her beautiful. She left a note for her milkman to leave 25 gallons of milk. When the milkman read the note he thought she must have meant 2.5 gallons. So he knocked on the door to clarify the point. The lady came to the door and the milkman said, “I found your note but don’t you need 2.5 gallons instead of 25?” The lady said, “No, I want 25 gallons to make me look beautiful again.” The milkman asked, “Do you want it pasteurized?” The lady said, “No, just up to the shoulders. I can splash it on my eyes if I need to.”

I joined a support group for anti-social people. We haven’t met yet.

What is the difference between a hippo and zippo? One is heavy and the other is a little lighter.

I have been telling people that I know that I never was going to be sick again.

Boy, was I wrong.

I used to get a cold in January—every year—just like clockwork. I’ve made it through every January for three years in a row now. So that is progress.

At least I don’t get the flu, so the shot must be working. And I’ve also had my pneumonia shot.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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