Wanted: Missing Breeds for 2019 Bird Dog Parade at Pheasant Fest

923fabfa-e5df-4a44-a924-9257af431c7d The annual Bird Dog Parade will once again kick-off National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic at the Schaumburg Convention Center on Friday, February 22 at 11 a.m. Presented by Federal Premium, National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will take over Schaumburg, Illinois from February 22 to 24.   
 
At 11 a.m. on Friday, a crowd will gather at the Schaumburg Convention Center to see flushers, pointers, setters, and retrievers gather, led by their owners, in the grand opening of the nation’s largest upland event. The Bird Dog Parade is presented by Purina Pro Plan and South Dakota Tourism.
 
This event prides itself on showcasing the diversity that exists among our beloved sporting dog breeds. Below is a current list of the breeds we are missing from the Bird Dog Parade. If you have one of these breeds, show it off by signing up for the Bird Dog Parade. All parade participants will walk the parade route to the ribbon cutting ceremony that will open up the weekend show.
 
Missing Bird Dog Breeds: 
 
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • American Stabyhoun
  • American Water Spaniel
  • Blue Picardy Spaniel
  • Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (Cesky Fousek)
  • Braque d'Auvergne
  • Braque du Bourbonnais
  • Braque Francais
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Deutsch Langhaar
  • Drentsche Patrijshond
  • English Setter
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Field Spaniel
  • French Spaniel
  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kleine Munsterlander
  • Labrador Retriever - Chocolate
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Pudelpointer
  • Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Weimaraner (Long Haired)
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Wirehaired Vizsla
 
To participate, please complete the Bird Dog Parade sign-up form and return it by January 31 to Grace Whipple at gwhipple@pheasantsforever.org. Grace can be reached for any additional questions by phone at (877) 773-2070. Additional event details can be found here. She will keep in touch with all participants via email as we get closer to the event.

Parade check in will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Each dog owner/walker along with their bird dog will walk the parade route, stopping on the parade stage where your name, dog’s name, and breed will be announced before each pair continues on to the show floor. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.  

Photo Credit: Pheasants Forever Staff