GFP celebrating 100 years of tradition

Staff reports
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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department recently announced that the next couple of years will be dedicated to celebrating 100 Years of Tradition. In 1918, South Dakota established its first pheasant hunting season which was held in Spink County in 1919. Also, in 1919, Custer State Park was named the first official state park.

To kick things off, GFP will showcase 100 Years of Tradition this weekend at the 2018 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic. The event runs Feb. 16-18 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Department staff will be located in the concourse as well as at Booth 1706. Commemorative 100-year hats will be given away throughout the event, and GFP staff will be selling hunting, fishing and park entrance licenses on site. Other prizes will also be given away.

In addition, two new partnerships are underway with South Dakota breweries and the South Dakota RV industry. The New Brew Competition asks all breweries in South Dakota to develop a brew honoring the 100-year celebration that focuses on how the outdoors plays a strong role in our future. A request for proposals was also sent to all South Dakota RV dealers this week requesting a donation of a new camper to be given away in 2019.

The Department said a strong digital push using #MySDTradition will also be a focus of the 100-year celebration. GFP encourages people to use the hashtag in social-media posts that focus on outdoor memories that provide great memories of the past and how their traditions were started.

Additional events, partnerships and opportunities to commemorate the celebration will continue to be announced as they are finalized.

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