For more than 80 years, Purina has been a leader in pet care and nutrition. As part of our mission to show the world the true potential of pets, Purina has been hosting outdoor dog shows and sporting events for the past 16 years and has become an important partner of kennel and parent breed clubs. With the opening of the Purina Event Center, Purina Farms has become a full-service destination for cat and dog enthusiasts who want to host, participate in or attend an indoor or outdoor show.
The Purina Event Center, an 84,000-square-foot state-of-the-art indoor facility that opened in August 2010, can accommodate even the largest of dog and cat shows and performance events, and includes all the amenities to make every event exceptional.
The Great Hall is a 45,000-square-foot main exhibition space featuring custom-textured sport flooring that is padded for optimal comfort and safety. Space for 150 overflow grooming stations is available in the hall.
The Gateway Hall is a 13,500-square-foot space for benching and grooming, and features easy access to the dog bathing room and handler changing rooms. It also serves as an excellent exhibition hall for smaller shows and trials. Ample electricity accommodates more than 150 grooming stations.
Lighting in both exhibition spaces is designed to approximate natural sunlight, helping provide the best showcase for dogs’ and cats’ coats.
The fully equipped show office has a built-in sound system, as well as a phone, office equipment and both work and storage space.
The Checkerboard Café, adjacent to the Great Hall, provides food service at all shows and banquet catering by reservation. No outside food is allowed on the property.
The Founder's Room on the second level offers an excellent view of all activities taking place below and can accommodate banquets, meetings and special receptions. The balcony off the Founder's Room also offers scenic views of the main exhibition space, and is ideal for recording shows.
A large conference room is located away from the exhibition halls on the second floor, as well.
The Service Center, located East of the Purina Event Center, features an exam room, meeting space, showering facilities, dog bathing tubs and off-leash canine exercise areas.
The Purina Event Center offers complimentary agility, rally and obedience equipment as well as ring gating, tables and chairs.
Artificial turf (90 x 110 rings) is available upon request for indoor agility trials.
We provide ample parking for vehicles, as well as full-service RV spaces with 30&50 amp electric, water and sewer connections
There are multiple drop-off lanes for exhibitors and clubs to load and unload supplies and equipment.
A separate loading dock is located on the west side of the building for large deliveries.
Two special tribute walkways, the Walk of Champions and the Path of Honor, lead to the north and south entrances of the building.
Wi-Fi available inside the Purina Event Center and the adjacent RV lot
For more information on Purina Farms property and facility rental, contact Kaite Flamm, Senior Manager of Programming at 314-982-3232 or email her at [email protected] Aside from dog and cat shows, the Purina Event Center also hosts other pet-related events. Commercial rates are available on request.
Tents ranging in size from 10' x 10' to 40' x 80' are available on-site and can be used for shows, judging, grooming, food service and many other tasks.
Other support equipment available includes flagging, portable sound systems, tables, chairs, fans, ring gating and signs.
Portable toilet facilities can be brought to the site (at host club's expense).
If you are traveling to Purina Farms and looking to stay on our grounds, you have the option of renting a trailer or RV and having it delivered to our property upon your arrival and then picked up upon your departure. Please contact either one of the companies below for rental information.
M.B. Thomas RV
St. Louis, MO
Country Camper Rentals
Red Bud, IL
The facility is perfect. Each and every Purina staff member was extremely helpful and friendly! Many exhibitors and 3 of the 4 judges (from California and Virginia) were at Purina for the first time. Everyone was very impressed at our first class facility!
—Maria Morrison, 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Labrador Retriever Club Specialty Show Chair
Thank you to the entire staff at Purina Farms for the great care you gave us! I can't say enough good stuff about both your facility and staff ... TOP NOTCH!!
—Barb Peterson, 2016 Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America Nationals Show Chair
Disney World for Dogs!! That is what one of our exhibitors said about Purina Farms. It's a wonderful place for dogs, dog shows and dog people because it is FOCUSED on dogs. The staff is well trained and very hospitable and helpful. The equipment is all there and set up when you arrive, and the facility itself is “state of the art” for dog shows and show sponsoring clubs. I received rave reviews from so many people in our club who were visiting Purina for the first time.
One of the nicest aspects of the facility is that it has everything and the price is all inclusive. There are no “hidden” or unanticipated costs, so budgeting an event there is much simpler. I can, without reservation, recommend it highly.
—Mary Ellen Macke, 2015 & 2017 Weimaraner Club of America Show Chair