If you need a pick-me-up, mark your calendars for next year’s Pheasant Fest in Des Moines, Iowa. I’m here in Madison, Wisc., heading into the last day of this year’s Fest, and already looking at airline reservations.
As do most of us, I get a charge out of being in a room full of hundreds of like-minded people. Here, a few (or more) dog hairs on your clothes are part of the uniform, even at the banquets. And if you don’t have enough, feel free to re-stock along the rows of exhibits including many of the dog breed clubs and kennels, from Wachtelhund to Deutsch Langhaar. Thirty-four breeds are on the floor and standing by for petting by show visitors.
Much like a high school reunion, I’ve run into people I met making my TV shows all over the country. Nothing like a dog or ten to bring folks together!
These are a dedicated bunch, Pheasants Forever. And they’re here to learn as well as socialize. From habitat improvement and the effect of rising crop prices, to “What the dogs taught me,” (my topic), they’re filling seminar rooms. And they’re emptying their wallets at bucket raffles, silent auctions, and other fundraising efforts.
What better do you have to do next winter? See you in Des Moines!
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[PS: my talk makes a great chapter/club presentation – drop me a line if you’re looking for a meeting speaker.]