Wanted: Bird Dogs on Parade at National Pheasant Fest

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will kick off National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2015 presented by Federal Premium in Des Moines, Iowa with a Bird Dog Parade. Hundreds of spectators are drawn to see the flushers, pointers and retrievers gather, led by their owners, in the grand opening for the nation’s largest upland event. The Bird Dog Parade is presented by Purina Pro Plan and South Dakota Tourism.
In an effort to showcase as many bird dog breeds as possible, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are looking to fill some breed slots. All parade participants will walk the parade route to the ribbon cutting ceremony opens up the weekend show. Below is a list of breeds Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever want to add to the Bird Dog Parade. If you have one of these breeds, you can show it off by signing up for the Bird Dog Parade

Available Breed Slots:

  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Braque D’Auvergne
  • Braque Francais
  • Chocolate Labrador
  • Deutsch Kurzhaar
  • Deutsch Langhaar
  • Drentse Partridge
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Picardy Spaniel
  • Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Stichelhaar
To participate, please complete the Bird Dog Parade sign-up form as soon as possible and return it to Brian Essling at bessling@pheasantsforever.org. We will keep in touch with all participants via email as we get closer to the event. He can be reached for any additional questions by phone at (651) 209-4935. 
Parade check in will begin around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 20 at the Iowa Events Center. Each dog owner/walker along with their bird dog will walk the parade route, stopping on the parade stage where your name, dog’s name, and breed will be announced before each pair continues on into the show floor. The parade will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will last 45 minutes.