By Tom SternalIt used to be that game fairs—multi-day exhibitions devoted to outdoor pursuits—were exclusively and synonymously associated with the British wingshooting culture. Not anymore. This year Kevin’s Catalog and Holland & Holland are joining to host the 4th Annual Southern Game Fair, November 7 to 9, at Greenwood Plantation, in Thomasville, Georgia. This year’s event will again benefit the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
Visitors making the trip will be treated to a broad range of activities and demonstrations, ranging from clay shooting (with demo guns provided by Holland & Holland) to wild-game cooking presentations, dog-training demonstrations by Wildrose Kennels and Ryglen Gundogs, quail-wagon rides with Clydesdales from Long Pine Plantation, fly-fishing demonstrations and helicopter rides. Tall Timbers will conduct a discussion of the ecology of the area and controlled burning. New this year will be DockDogs Big Air and Extreme Vertical competitions. There also will be plenty of wonderful food available as well as vendors from around the world displaying sporting guns and apparel and conducting trunk shows. Throughout the event quail hunting packages will be available at nearby SouthWind Plantation, Rio Piedra Plantation, Pine Hill Plantation and Quailridge Plantation.
The Game Fair will be held at the beautiful Greenwood Plantation campus, offering the public a rare opportunity to see the Antebellum main house, which is said to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the US. The plantation formerly was owned by John Hay Whitney, and guests have included President Dwight Eisenhower, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Fred Astaire and Jacqueline Kennedy.
If the fusion of British and Southern sporting cultures sprinkled with a bit of American architectural and presidential history are of interest to you, a trip to the Kevin’s and Holland & Holland 4th Annual Southern Game Fair will be well worth your while.
For more information, contact Kevin’s.