36 breeds, 110 bird dogs: Bird Dog Parade kicks off Pheasant Fest
Sioux Falls — The annual Bird Dog Parade will once again kick-off National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2018 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Presented by Federal Premium Ammunition, National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will take over Sioux Falls, South Dakota the weekend of Feb. 16-18. This year’s parade will feature over 35 breeds and 110 bird dogs.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, a crowd will gather to see flushers, pointers, setters, and retrievers on parade at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in the grand opening of the nation’s largest upland event. The parade’s grand marshal will be KELOLAND’s weekend meteorologist, Grant Smith.
The 2018 Bird Dog Parade, presented by Purina Pro Plan and South Dakota Tourism, prides itself on showcasing the diversity that exists among our beloved sporting dog breeds. The emcees for the parade are Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s vice president of marketing, and Karl Gunzer, Purina Pro Plan.
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic – Friday show highlights
On Friday, after the Bird Dog Parade and ribbon cutting ceremony, the show floor will be open from noon to 8 p.m. with seminars on dog training, wild game cooking, habitat management, and upland hunting taking place every hour. At 5 p.m. doors open to the Pheasantennial Friday event. This evening event includes great food, tasty beer, a silent auction, raffles, live music and lots of games and requires a Friday night banquet ticket purchase.