44 Breeds, 100 Bird Dogs: The Annual Bird Dog Parade Kicks off Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis

The annual Bird Dog Parade will once again kick-off National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, February 17 at 11 a.m. Presented by Federal Premium Ammunition, National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will take over Minneapolis, Minnesota the weekend of February 17, 18 & 19. This year’s show will feature the largest Bird Dog Parade to date with over 40 breeds and 100 bird dogs participating.
At 11 a.m. on Friday, a crowd will gather to see flushers, pointers, setters, and retrievers on parade at the Minneapolis Convention Center in the grand opening of the nation’s largest upland event. The parade’s grand marshals will be Minnesota Bound television hosts, Ron and Laura Schara, with their dogs Raven and Bacon.
The 2017 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 and Billy Hildebrand with FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN FM100.3, joined by retired Purina sporting dog expert, Bob West.
The 2017 Bird Dog Parade Lineup
Airedale Terrier American Water Spaniel Blue Picardy Spaniel Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (Cesky Fousek)
Boykin Spaniel Bracco Italiano Braque d'Auvergne Braque du Bourbonnais
Braque Francais Brittany Chesapeake Bay Retriever Clumber Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever Deutsch Drahthaar Deutsch Kurzhaar Deutsch Langhaar
Deutscher Wachtelhund English Cocker Spaniel English Pointer English Setter (Ryman-type)
English Springer Spaniel Epagneul Breton (French Brittany) Flat-Coated Retriever German Longhaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer Golden Retriever Gordon Setter
Irish Red and White Setter Kleine Munsterlander Labrador Retriever - Black Labrador Retriever - Chocolate
Labrador Retriever - Yellow Large Munsterlander Llewellin Setter Mixed Breed (Bird Dog Rescue)
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Pudelpointer Red Setter Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
Small Munsterlander Spinone Italiano Standard Poodle Vizsla
Weimaraner 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 Bird Hunters Banquet. This evening event requires a Friday night banquet ticket purchase and features musical entertainment by Gary West performing his top rated Johnny Cash Tribute Show.
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 149,000 members and 720 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 $708 million on 517,000 habitat projects benefiting 15.8 million acres nationwide.
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