Rathbun Lake, Iowa – March 31, 2008 – Mark your calendars for September 6-7, 2008, as Honey Creek Resort State Park hosts Forever Outdoors, a festival sponsored by Iowa Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF). Forever Outdoors will be the first major special event to be featured at the new resort state park on Rathbun Lake in south-central Iowa.
Outdoors exhibitors and dog kennels, habitat tours, dog training and habitat seminars, youth activities, dog competitions, exhibition shooting and a shotgun showcase are just a few of the many activities families will enjoy. Forever Outdoors is expected to draw several thousand visitors and vendors to the area for the two-day event.
“We want Forever Outdoors to be a fun, hands-on, information-gathering experience for anyone interested in the outdoors,” said Tom Fuller, PF’s regional representative for eastern Iowa. “We couldn’t think of a better venue to do this at than the new Honey Creek Resort. With all the resort has to offer – the lodge, hotel, water park, golf course, lake, trails and surrounding areas – we are hoping people will make Forever Outdoors their fall getaway.”
“As always, the DNR is proud to partner with such strong conservation leaders as Iowa Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever,” said Ken Herring, Conservation and Recreation Division administrator for the DNR. “We are especially excited about this event, which is a first-of-its-kind in more ways than one.” Forever Outdoors is the first public event scheduled for the new Honey Creek Resort State Park, which is slated to open this August. Proceeds from the event will go toward public land acquisition.
Kids can choose from a variety of games, crafts and activities, all related to the outdoors. Most will be hands-on, including birdhouse building, outdoor survival and the popular Lazer Shot, a simulative hunting/shooting game. There will be clay target shooting events for all ages, as well as a shooting exhibition by Pat Flanigan, Xtreme Sport Shooter, who will be attempting a new world record.
A whole host of dog-related activities are planned and owners are welcome to bring their dogs for special events, friendly competitions and one-on-one training tips from professionals at the dog owner help desk. Dock Dogs, a national dock jumping competition, will hold a regional event at Forever Outdoors. A variety of dogs will be competing to jump the furthest. “Dock Dogs is known for drawing quite a crowd,” said John Linquist, PF’s regional representative for western Iowa, “Competition-class dogs will be participating, but anyone is welcome to bring their dog to jump for fun.” For more information about Dock Dogs visit www.dockdogs.com.
In addition, a full schedule of habitat, hunting, wildlife and dog training seminars will be presented in both indoor and outdoor settings. Landowners can discuss habitat projects with Habitat Forever habitat specialists and other biologists at the landowner help desk. More than 150 vendors representing outdoor-related business from seed sales and habitat equipment to dog supplies and gun manufacturers will be available to sell products and services and answer questions.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 120,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.