February 29, 2008
Comedy Canines headline Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
From the heart of the Smoky Mountains comes one of the most unique groups ever to perform at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic.
Dawn Goehring has been a dog lover and trainer for years, but five years ago she began entertaining people in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., at the Comedy Barn with dogs she not only rescued but also trained. She brings to the stage dogs with a variety of personalities that are guaranteed to entertain both young and old.
Find out more about the Comedy Canines at and why "Life’s Better Outdoors" at the 24th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia March 28-30. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30.
New for 2008 is Steve Hoddy of Earthquest—Birds of Prey. Some returning events are Roark Ferguson or “Big Snake Daddy,” and Joe Kelly’s North American Wildlife Collection and Southern Whitetail Collection. Also in 2008, the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will feature its third State Archery-In-Schools Tournament.
For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-4008.
Admission to the 2008 Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is $6, and parking is $2. Seniors 60 and over get in for $5 while children 10 and under are admitted free. Visitors bringing five canned-food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank receive $1 off admission.
Classic-goers will find more than 300 exhibitors on site with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale. Several free events include special seminars on deer hunting by South Carolina’s own Joe Kelly, DNR’s Take One Make One trailer with air rifle and electronic shooting ranges and Bass Tub fishing technique demonstrations. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will also set up its Kid Print program on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The DNR’s education staff and volunteers will be on hand to help kids catch a catfish at the highly popular SC Reel Kids Fishing Pond.
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WIS-TV, WCOS Radio, SportsTalkSC, Professional Printers, Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, National Striped Bass Association, The State newspaper, South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts and the City of Columbia.
DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.