HAMPTON WILDLIFE FUND EVENTS
Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation which
partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of
education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, which
will benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is a premiere regional outdoor event hosted by the Harry R. E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. It is an annual three-day event usually held that last weekend in March and centrally located in Columbia, South Carolina at the State Fairgrounds. The Classic is expected to draw over 40,000 participants.
The Classic attracts people of all ages, emphasizing the appreciation, wise use and stewardship of South Carolina’s diverse natural resources. The Classic seeks to increase public awareness of natural resources through interactive educational activities, seminar and exhibits as well as provide a forum for vendors to offer for sale the latest in hunting, fishing and a myriad of other outdoor-related products. A variety of activities and attractions encourages interaction, builds skills and generates enthusiasm for outdoor-related recreation and conservation.
While the Classic is the Department of Natural Resources’ principal public outreach program and provides staffing to run the show, other state agencies plus public and private organizations are encouraged to exhibit and get involved in helping ensure the viability of this unique outdoor event. The Harry R. E. Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is the principal funding mechanism for the show, and all Classic proceeds are utilized by this organization for the enhancement and promotion of wildlife and marine resources conservation and education in South Carolina. Thus, the partnership of the Hampton Fund with the SCDNR helps make the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic a quality experience for the entire family while educating them about natural resource issues and opportunities.
The event began in 1985 at the State Fairgrounds as a 2-day show. The initial 1985 PSC only included about forty exhibitors in the Ellison Building at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, but surprisingly drew more than 10,000 people. With tremendous public interest in the outdoors and natural resources in South Carolina obvious, the show was modified in 1986 to become a 3-day event and attendance has grown each year. This unique family-oriented outdoor event as become second only to the State Fair itself as the largest annual event at the State Fairgrounds.
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic has always emphasized education coupled with family values in promoting public awareness and goodwill in helping conserve the Palmetto State’s natural resources and quality of life. Notable focus areas of interest to the public at the Classic are the annual South Carolina Outdoor Writers Competition and Outdoor Photography Contest jointly sponsored by the Hampton Fund and the South Carolina Wildlife magazine, exhibits of live animals by the Carolina Raptor Center, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and related organizations, turkey and duck calling contests, and deer rack scoring, seminars on hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing, retriever demonstrations, hunter and boater safety demonstrations, air gun target shooting and other outdoor-related activities. For more information, contact Denise Frost, (803) 734-4008 or email FrostD@dnr.sc.gov.
Established in 1986, this Association of dedicated sportsmen and conservationists has developed the largest wildlife banquet held in the State of South Carolina. In May of each year, approximately 800 sportsmen assemble in Spartanburg for a meal, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, and a live auction in one evening. Since 1986, this banquet has raised over $1.5 million dollars to support wildlife education and conservation in South Carolina.
The banquet is held from 6-11 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in downtown Spartanburg.
Spartanburg Association Wildlife Banquet - 2019 - TBA
Ft. Mill Wildlife Banquet - 2019 - TBA
This Association of dedicated sportsmen and conservationists host a wildlife banquet in support of the Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund. First held in 2003, this year's banquet will consist of a meal, silent auction, raffles, door prizes and a live auction.
The banquet is held from 6-11 p.m., in the beautiful Dairy Barn within Anne Springs Close Greenway complex, located on 250 Dairy Barn Lane, just off Old Nations Ford Road near Ft. Mill (click HERE for map and driving directions to the Dairy Barn). For questions please call (803) 329-9999. For tickets please call Tommy Hardwick (803) 367-8510
or please call
Tommy Hardwick (803) 367-8510.
Please call (803) 329-9999.