Kevin’s Game Fair: Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

Jill here.

November is one of the most fun times to be in Thomasville because of Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. There are so many events that it is hard to pick and choose what to attend. The Closers decided to divide and conquer this year.

Kevin’s & Purdey of London’s 2nd Annual Southern Game Fair was held at the beautiful Greenwood Plantation Campus. The purpose of this event is to share their love of the outdoors with the community, to benefit the heritage of our city, and support the preservation of the longleaf pine forest and bobwhite quail habitat of Thomasville, GA and surrounding areas.

There were also dog demonstrations, wagon tours, cooking demonstrations, Tall Timbers research lectures, helicopter rides, and more. This was a fun-filled day of shooting clay targets with Kevin’s finest guns and Purdey’s of London guns.

My husband was out of town, so I decided to take my son who is seven and his friend and  meet up with some other friends.  We went as non shooters and had a fabulous time.


The massive oak trees were simply gorgeous and dripping in Spanish moss.

We started our morning petting some sweet dogs.

Wildrose Kennels & Ryglen Gundogs

Then we headed over to the Farm Credit table because the boys spotted duck calls, moon pies, and icy rootbeer.

This seemed like the best thing in the world because the boys were starving since we arrived a little too late for breakfast. They were given food, drinks, AND an awesome duck call. It was like Christmas at this tent.

You see Shannnon is a much smarter mama…she got milk from the Farm Credit tent.

Lots of clay target shooting…

We watched a quail cooking demonstration. If you missed out you can find some of the sauces they used at Kevin’s.

Next we headed over to check out the fly fishing demonstration.

She was patient with the boys and taught them some basics.

Shortly after that the boys spotted the helicopter rides. I was a little scared to go up, so I texted the mama of my son’s friend that was with us. I was hoping she would say, “Nooo…he can’t do it.”  But no luck. She said, “Sure!”

I pretended to be brave, and we climbed in the helicopter and off we went. It was a short flight (thank goodness) but breathtaking.

By this time all the sugar from the moon pies and rootbeers had kicked in and the duck calls had been put to good use. They boys were a little wild and crazy as you can see, and I was considering handing them off to our Farm Credit friends.  🙂

We never made it on a carriage ride, but the Clydesdales sure were pretty.

The boys loved handling snakes and turtles at the Tall Timbers table…

The famous Live Oak Hounds were present…

After a delicious lunch buffet the boys were treated to some delicious Blue Bell ice cream.

This event is fun for both children and adults, so be sure to get tickets next year. You have to act fast because it sells out quickly.


Kevin’s: Thomasville, GA and Tallahassee, FL

Purdey’s of London


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