36 Breeds, 110 Bird Dogs: The Annual Bird Dog Parade Kicks off Pheasant Fest in 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 Friday, February 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 February 16, 17 & 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 marshals 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.
The 2018 Bird Dog Parade Lineup
Airedale Terrier American Water Spaniel Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (Cesky Fousek) Boykin Spaniel
Bracco Italiano Braque du Bourbonnais Braque Francais Brittany
Deutsch Drahthaar Deutsch Kurzhaar Deutsch Langhaar Deutsch Wachtelhund
English Cocker Spaniel English Pointer English Springer Spaniel Epagneul Breton (French Brittany)
Flat-Coated Retriever German Shorthaired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter Kleine Munsterlander Labrador Retriever - Black Labrador Retriever - Chocolate
Labrador Retriever - Yellow Large Munsterlander Llewellin Setter Mixed Breed (Bird Dog Rescue)
Pudelpointer Red Setter Small Munsterlander Spinone Italiano
Standard Poodle Vizsla Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Wirehaired Vizsla
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 12 p.m. 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.
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 140,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $784 million on 530,000 habitat projects benefiting 17 million acres nationwide.
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