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February 26, 2009

25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic March 27-29 at State Fairgrounds in Columbia

The 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic promises to continue the tradition of transforming the State Fairgrounds in Columbia into the wildest place in South Carolina. The 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will be held March 27-29. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

Classic-goers will find more than 300 exhibitors on site with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale.

New and returning major attractions for the 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic are Okefenokee Joe (wildlife interpretation and field herpetology), Dennis Stratton (Truth about Whitetails), 5,000-gallon Bass Tub, Roark Ferguson (conservationist, herpetologist, and wildlife adventurer), The Comedy Canines, Short-Term Wilderness Survival, Capt. Tom Siwarski (inshore fishing) and Joe Kelly’s display of North American Wildlife Collection and Southern Whitetail Collection. Also in 2009, the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will feature the State Archery-In-Schools Tournament. Schools participating in the Archery-In-Schools program are invited to participate in the Second Annual DNR Archery in the Schools Tournament. The DNR’s education staff and volunteers will also be on hand to help kids catch a fish at the highly popular SC Reel Kids Fishing Pond.
           
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 2009 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.
           
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, Huntin’ the World—Southern Style TV, eXmark and The State Newspaper. ATM services will be provided by B2E Mobile Financial.

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.


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