This year’s installment of the largest upland show in America is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is about to begin
With hunting season behind us, another opening day is quickly approaching: the kick-off for this year’s Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.
Beginning on March 1st and ending on the 3rd, the 2024 Sioux Falls, South Dakota installment of the event will be an exciting one. Here’s what we’re expecting at this year’s three-day event.
What’s in store for Pheasant Fest 2024
Hosts Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are bringing plenty of things to get excited about to Sioux Falls. The show is housed at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and will run from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets start at $15 for one day for individuals, $5 for youth between the ages of 6-16, and $35 a day for families. These tickets include a six-month membership to Pheasants Forever. The full weekend package costs $95 and includes an annual membership to Pheasants Forever.
According to PF/QF, the show “has something for everyone, including hunters, landowners, and bird dog enthusiasts.” Further, as noted by past PF/QF President and CEO Howard Vincent, the “National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic is driven by the person-to-person interactions surrounding our partners, exhibitors, bird dogs, hunting heritage, youth, banquets, and so much more.“
Multiple events and attractions will be found throughout the weekend, including the annual Bird Dog Parade, the Youth Village, the Habitat Help Desk, the Friday Night Upland Rally, a keynote speech by Donnie Vincent, and more. You can view the seminar schedules for the Public Lands Pavilion, Bird Dog Stage, Path to the Uplands Stage, and Habitat Stage here.
This year, PF/QF is kicking off the first-ever Concert for Conservation. This year’s performance features Trampled by Turtles w/Chester Floyd & Carl Hansen in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion on Thursday, February 29, 2024. You can buy $50-75 tickets to their performance here.
Vendors at Pheasant Fest 2024
Plenty of recognizable brands and organizations will be at the Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic this year, including multiple firearm manufacturers, member-supported non-profits, and others.
Some of the firearm and ammunition manufacturers slated to be at the show are Upland Gun Company, Beretta, Benelli, BOSS Shotshells, Bio Ammo, Browning, CZ-USA, Federal Premium, Fiocchi, Hevi-Shot, Kent, Remington, and Weatherby. Joining them are conservation organizations such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Ruffed Grouse Society, TRCP, North American Grouse Partnership, multiple dog breed clubs, as well as brands like Sage and Braker, Hunt Redi, PYKE Gear, Orvis, OnX Maps, Eukanuba, and others. Check out the full list of exhibitors here. A map of the show floor can be found here.
All in all, this year’s Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic is shaping up to be a great event. Be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible and come enjoy the weekend with like-minded individuals who care about protecting, enhancing, and creating premier upland bird habitat for generations to come.
Gabby Zaldumbide is Project Upland's Editor in Chief. After growing up in southern Wisconsin, she now lives in Gunnison, Colorado, with eight dogs, three horses, and a wobbly cat. She guides hunting and fishing trips with Uncharted Outdoorswomen and herds cows for a local rancher on the side.