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Calling all sportsmen: The Palmetto Sportsman's Classic is returning to Columbia

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/27/19

If you love the outdoors and enjoy sharing that interest with others, save some time in your schedule for the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in March: one of the most popular hunting, fishing and …

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Calling all sportsmen: The Palmetto Sportsman's Classic is returning to Columbia

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If you love the outdoors and enjoy sharing that interest with others, save some time in your schedule for the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in March: one of the most popular hunting, fishing and conservation events in South Carolina.

The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is the second-largest event held at the fairgrounds in Columbia, said Dan DuPre, director of the event. The largest is the state fair.

“We are the largest hunting and fishing show in South Carolina,” he said.

DuPre said the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, a partner with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Hampton Wildlife Fund, started 36 years ago to raise money for projects that will influence people to be more conscious of the environment. There is an educational component to the event, he said, as well as many opportunities for people to enjoy elements of the outdoors.

Mainly, he said, the classic raises money for the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund, a private, nonprofit corporation that promotes education, research and management of game and fish laws in the state.

The sportsmen’s classic is the biggest outreach event for the wildlife fund, DuPre said.

DuPre said the classic has become an anticipated annual event because it is something fun to do in Columbia with the family. Back in the day, it was only geared toward men to showcase new fishing and hunting products. It started out small but grew to be a family event with outdoor activities for kids, such as animal shows and a large fish tank for catching live catfish.

This year’s attractions will include a wildlife presentation by Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures, demonstrations from the Hawg Trough mobile 5,000-gallon fish tank and the chance to meet the star of The Walk TV’s “Outdoors with Joey Mines.” Hunters can also bring in their deer antler racks to be scored by Department of Natural Resources representatives, he said.

“Expect to spend about six hours with us,” DuPre said about the extent of activities that will be offered.

There will also be vendors selling products you can’t find anywhere else, he said.

DuPre, a sportsman himself, said he and his family also look forward to the event every year.

“I just really enjoy seeing the people come and enjoy their time as a family,” he said.

For ticket information, go to www.dnr.sc.gov/psc. Prices will be different for each day and attraction.

ATTRACTIONS

Hawg Trough Mobile Fish Tank

This 5,000-gallon fish tank is transported to boat shows, sportsman expos, fairs and festivals across the country. After arriving, the tanks are filled with water and stocked with fish. Once the tanks are set up, a Hawg Trough Fish Tank operator will provide periodic seminars and fishing demonstrations that will be both educational and entertaining.

Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures

All the way from New York, Nature Nick will present a fast-paced educational wildlife show. Guests could see a 10-foot-long python or watch a Eurasian Eagle owl stretch its wings out to 6 feet. Nature Nick’s shows feature five to six trained exotic animals including, but not limited to, owls, falcons, snakes, alligators, foxes, armadillos, turtles and even a Chilean flamingo.

Outdoors with Joey Mines

In its 32nd year, the Outdoors with Joey Mines show that airs on The Walk TV is one of the longest-running outdoor shows of all time. Joey brings a sense of humor and country charm to which audiences everywhere can relate. Airing weekly, more than 93 million households tune in to watch Joey as he interviews local sportsmen and takes his audience on adventures. You can meet Joey Mines in the Cantey Building at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia.