Tickets available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

8th Annual Event to take place at Luverne’s Grand Prairie Events

Gov. Mark Dayton invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 12 for the 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Luverne. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the community banquet at 6:00 p.m. 

Celebrating the pheasant opener is a long-standing Minnesota tradition, and one that  Dayton has highlighted by hosting Governor’s Pheasant Opener events in each of his eight years as governor. Dayton created the Governor’s Pheasant Opener in 2011, when Montevideo hosted the inaugural event.

“I’m proud of the Minnesota hunting tradition, and have enjoyed pheasant hunting in Minnesota for over 60 years,” Dayton  said. “I thank our hosts in the Luverne area for all of their hard work to make this a terrific event, and invite everyone to join us for this special Minnesota fall tradition.”

Tickets to the banquet are $40 each and can be purchased at the Luverne Area Chamber & CVB, or by calling 507-283-4061. The banquet will feature a social hour, dinner, and program which will include Dayton, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman, and local presenters.  Tickets are available until sold out.

The Governor’s Pheasant Opener banquet is part of a weekend of festivities in Luverne that showcase the many hunting, recreational, and travel opportunities the area has to offer visitors. Luverne has a population of 4,658 and is the county seat of Minnesota’s southwestern-most county, Rock County. The city is located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 75.  Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are assisting the Luverne Area Chamber & CVB in planning the event.

WHAT: Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet
WHERE: Grand Prairie Events, 105 S Estey St, Luverne, MN 56156
WHEN: Friday, October 12, 2018 — 5 p.m. Social Hour; 6 p.m. Community Banquet
TICKETS: $40 per person. In person: Luverne Area Chamber & CVB (213 East Luverne Street, Rock County Courthouse Square, Luverne, MN 56156)
By phone: 507-283-4061

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