We Can’t Wait for Pheasant Fest – What Can We Do NOW?

We Can’t Wait for Pheasant Fest – What Can We Do NOW?

Sioux Falls is hosting the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic February 16 to 18 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and Convention Center complex. We are just like a kid studying a map of Disneyworld before the big trip – we want to know what we can do before the big event. We can’t get enough pheasants!

The Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls created a pop up exhibit on pheasants and pheasant hunting in South Dakota. In addition to their featured one room school house exhibit and Falls Fuel exhibit, see a few cases of mounted varieties of pheasants and the historic gear and gadgets they collected.  The exhibit and the rest of the quartzite courthouse is free to visit.

Pheasant EXhibit
Pheasant Exhibit at The Old Courthouse Museum (photo courtesy Alison Eden)










Eastbank Art Gallery on the east side of the Big Sioux River, downtown, is featuring pheasant art in the month of February. The art cooperative brought all their members together for a show featuring South Dakota’s state bird. See everything from detailed oils, acrylics and even mixed media pheasant art there this month.

Art by Amy Kasten
East Bank Art Gallery







Shantel Wittstruck and family

Sioux Falls Woman Magazine is found in almost every store, shop and grocery in the Sioux Falls area. This month’s magazine features a story about the chefs who will be on stage at Pheasant Fest, in addition to a story about a local pheasant hunter who is helping women pick up hunting and fishing for the first time; Shantel Wittstruck started a new organization called Outdoor Women of the Midwest.

Painting by Anna Youngers, Sioux Falls


Local art, vintage rug and relic dealer, Rug & Relic on the eastbank of the Big Sioux River downtown is featuring art by Anna Youngers during Pheasant Fest. Youngers is classical atelier trained and apprenticed. Her work shows and sells all over the world.




Some other pheasant related fun in Sioux Falls: 

27503339_888117781368311_3139357864374050386_oIf you can’t get to Sioux Falls early, there are a few places rolling out the orange carpet as well. One includes the Comfort Inn and Suites on Avera Drive who are inviting Pheasant Fest attendees, whether they are staying at their hotel or not, to enjoy some pheasant appetizers from 3 to 8 p.m., on Friday, February 16. “Please stop by, even if you aren’t an overnight guest, to enjoy some Pheasant-themed appetizers,” Sara McMahon, manager, said. “This is an informal, FREE event and will last until approximately 8 or 9 pm or until the food is gone. ”  They would appreciate an RSVP on their Facebook event if possible.


Pheasant Chowder and Fernson Lions Paw Beer 2-2-18
Sheraton Hotel: Pheasant Chowder and Fernson Beer

The Sheraton, connected to the Sioux Falls Convention Center, will add pheasant chowder to their menu, paired with local brew, Lions Paw by Fernson Brewing Company.




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