Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls is one year away from hosting one of its biggest conventions yet. Pheasant Fest is coming to town in 2018. Until then, Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau staff is heading to this year's event in Minneapolis to do some pre-promotion.
From remote-control coolers bearing the city's name, to posters and brochures, the CVB staff is packing up to spread the word about Sioux Falls at this year's Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis.
"A city our size can host this. It's a great event for us and we're going to pre-promote and just basically get the word out and have people come to Sioux Falls next year," CVB Sales Manager Tate Stensgaard said.
CVB Executive Director Teri Schmidt says Sioux Falls will be the smallest community to host the event when it arrives in 2018. It's expected to bring in thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to the local economy.
"I mean these people are going to come here and go to seminars and they're going to buy dogs and they're going to buy cars and they're going to eat in the restaurants and they're going to spend a length of time here," Schmidt said.
Her team worked for seven years to land Pheasant Fest. Schmidt says its impact will rival what we see from the Summit League Tournament.
"South Dakota is the pheasant capital of the world as we all know, so this is a huge get. Besides, this is the largest convention that will ever have been held in the state of South Dakota. This is cool. This is 25,000-plus people coming to Sioux Falls next year in February. All I have to say is the weather better be as nice as it is today, next year," Schmidt said.
This year's Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Next year it will take over the Denny Sanford Premier Center and Convention Center from February 16th through the 18th.
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