Sioux Falls is the smallest city to ever host this large convention and trade show. But it now has a big ace up its sleeve in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to provide the additional room for Pheasant Fest and the Quail Classic to spread its wings.
Pheasant Fest is coming in for a landing in Sioux Falls this week.
"The community has just been overwhelmingly open arms, it's just been so exciting, everybody at headquarters, our whole national crew is really excited to be here," Pheasants Forever Corporate Sales Manager Gerry Cliff said.
Pheasant Fest is a national convention and trade show, so it requires plenty of space for the hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors who'll attend the three-day gathering.. Every inch of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the Sioux Falls Convention Center and the Arena, including the lobbies and hallways, will be taken up by Pheasant Festers.
"We have almost 400 exhibitors, we have to have a big enough facility. We have over 25,000 people who usually come to the show, so we have to have hotel accommodations. So South Dakota stepped-up to the plate and said we'll build it if you will come, so that's what happened," Cliff said.
The convention and visitors bureau says some Sioux Falls hotels are booked solid for Pheasant Fest, many others will still have rooms to rent for visitors this weekend. The convention will include meetings, seminars and break-out sessions. But Pheasant Fest will include many activities that families will enjoy.
"Every inch of that is vendors, from puppies to hunting gear to gun stuff, all kinds of things and there's really truly something for everyone," Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Teri Schmidt said.
Because all the available space at the events center, convention center and arena are in use, Pheasant Fest's national banquet Saturday night will be held at the Ramkota.
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It's only fitting that the the largest gathering of all things pheasant-related takes place in the pheasant capital of the world. But it's taken years for South Dakota to entice Pheasant Fest to come to roost in Sioux Falls.