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March 23, 2009

Popular herpetologist featured at 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic

Speaker/showman extraordinaire Roark Ferguson is one of the most sought after speakers in the animal industry today and he returns to the 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic March 27-29 in Columbia.

Roark is a renowned conservationist, herpetologist, and wildlife adventurer. With more than 20 years experience on stage, screen, and talk shows, Roark has captivated and educated standing room only audiences nationwide. His life's work is changing public perception about misunderstood creatures in an enlightening and entertaining manner.

Careful scientific observation, highly entertaining anecdotes, a passion for performing, unique insight and commitment to coexistence with wildlife make this an event you will not want to miss. Roark has often maintained the largest collection of reptiles in the history of the State of South Carolina encompassing a very diverse group of nearly 1,100 snakes, numerous crocodilians, as well as other herpetofauna. In addition to Roark's stage performances in the Moore building, Roark will have a large display of South Carolina Native Amphibians and Reptiles in the Ruff building where kids and adults alike can see and feel many of the amphibians and reptiles found in South Carolina.

New and returning major attractions for the 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic are, The Comedy Canines, The Bass Tub, Okefenokee Joe (wildlife interpretation and field herpetology), Dennis Stratton (Truth about Whitetails), 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 Fourth 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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