Was wondering if anyone has visited Purina Farms near St. Louis, MO. We are sheduled to visit this morning. Will try to post more information and photos as soon as I can. Meanwhile, from their website: http://www.purina.com/purina-farms/policiesandamenities.aspx Purina Farms, which feature a Purina Event Center and a Visitor's Center along with several Outdoor Canine Competition Venues, is an all-inclusive destination for animal lovers and enthusiasts of all ages. Competitive shows and trials as well as fun and educational family-friendly activities and exhibits reinforce the many ways that animals enrich our lives. For reservations to visit Purina Farms or to book an event at the Purina Event Center, call (314) 982-3232 or (888) 688-PETS, email us at [email protected] or write to us at: Purina Farms 200 Checkerboard Dr. Gray Summit, MO 63039 Purina Event Center 300 Checkerboard Loop Gray Summit, MO 63039 Purina Farms is a must-see St. Louis attraction! The Purina Farms Easter Village voted one of the top seven local family events of the year by local St. Louisians! St. Louis Sprout & About 2010 Purina Farms received a perfect five-star average on insiderpages.com and was praised as one of the best St. Louis attractions by Zagat and Parenting magazine (surveyed 11,000 travelers) Located on more than 300 acres of rolling hills, Purina Farms offers animal lovers of all ages an opportunity to get up close and personal with barnyard animals and everyday pets such as dogs and cats. Purina Farms features the Visitor's Center where kids can play in the hayloft, milk a cow, take a tractor-drawn wagon ride and watch exciting canine performances of flying disc, diving dog and agility. Recently, the Purina Event Center, a state-of-the-art indoor facility designed to host a variety of canine activities from conformation shows to performance events like obedience, agility, Rally and flyball, opened on the Purina Farms property giving visitors a chance to see some of the most prestigious dog shows in the country year-round. Spectators Except when noted, all dog shows and events taking place at Purina Farms inside the Purina Event Center and outside at the outdoor competition venues are free and open to the general public. Spectators can sit ring-side or watch all the action from bleachers and grassy hillsides for outdoor events. Parking More than 600 hard surface visitor parking spaces are available. Parking is permitted on black top and gravel lots. During large events, grassy areas may be authorized for parking and will either be marked or someone from the host club will direct guests to an authorized area. There are 74 full-service RV spaces to the South of the Purina Event Center and then an overflow lot featuring 43 RV spaces with electric hook-ups near the Main Show Field. RV overnight parking is allowed. Rules and Regulations Please follow all directions on posted signs. Be kind to all animals including the ones that call Purina Farms home. No outside food allowed on the property. Please keep all dogs leashed while on the property except required by competition. Your cooperation is appreciated! Banquets and Receptions The Founder's Room inside the Purina Event Center resides on the second floor of the building overlooking the two Halls below and can accommodate 300+ people for a formal dinner, meeting or social gathering. Catering is available upon request. Banquet tables that can accommodate 10 people each and chairs come with the rental of the Founder's Room. The Visitor's Center down the hill from the Purina Event Center features a patio with tents and covered planted trellises that can be used to serve lunches or host a dinner or cocktail party outdoors. Specialized Catering has been contracted to supply all food service needed for any event ranging from snack bar food to catered dinners and cocktail parties. Call Chris at 314-982-5244 or 314-982-5117 to make arrangements. Exhibitors Canopies and Tents Canopies and tents are permitted on and around parking areas outside the fenced-in show field. Canopies can also be set up on gravel areas inside the show area. During large events, we ask that exhibitors be considerate of others and use only the minimal space they require. Please no tenting or exercise pens on the show fields. Vendors Vendors are welcome to participate in shows taking place inside and outside at Purina Farms, but it must be pre-approved through the organizing Club. If you are interested in being added to the list of preferred Purina Farms vendors, please email Kaite Flamm at [email protected]. Upon arriving at any show, vendors should check-in with the organizing club to receive direction on set-up and parking. Gift Shop The Purina Farms Gift Shop, located inside the Visitor's Center, offers a variety of unique gift and souvenir merchandise, as well as items with a specific breed theme. Click here for a printable coupon to the Purina Farms gift shop Restrooms Two sets of restrooms are located in the Purina Event Center along with two sets of restrooms in the Visitor's Center, which is directly adjacent to the show site. Waste Management Purina Farms makes arrangements for containers to handle all waste created from food service, visitors, exhibitors and their pets. Containers are placed throughout the grounds and inside the Purina Event Center. Outside, white barrels are for paper trash and brown barrels are for pet waste. Complimentary plastic gloves are provided for your convenience at these locations. There is also designated relief areas set up for dogs to use including an outdoor public x-pen area on the East side of the Purina Event Center. PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET. Security 24-hour security is provided which includes gate attendant and roving guard. For a fee, additional security can be arranged for group events with at least 2 weeks prior notice.