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3. Club Shows

After you have read several books about the breed and visited kennel and Labrador club websites (which contain a wealth of information), it is recommended that you try to attend a Labrador Retriever specialty conformation show…a show in which only Labradors are exhibited.  The entries are usually in the hundreds (one specialty routinely draws over a thousand), the best dogs are shown and they are judged almost invariably by breeders who are frequently from overseas.  A day in which one beautiful Labrador after another is paraded before you will help you tune your eye to what championship stock Labradors in the country look like...and what you should expect to find when you visit the kennels of reputable breeders.  Also, for a nominal fee you can purchase a show catalog which lists the names of all the dogs entered, the names of their breeders and the names and addresses of their owners. 

If you attend a specialty show, take a folding chair with you as frequently seating is not provided for the general public.  Although exhibitors are friendly and like to talk about their dogs, be aware that they are consumed with preparing their Labradors for the ring, showing them and getting them safely back into their vehicles.  Do not “bother” them if they look like they are busy.

If it is not possible for you to spend a day at a specialty show, then consider attending an all-breed show where Labradors are but one of approximately 150 breeds being exhibited.  Labrador entries at all-breed shows are relatively small and the type of Labrador being shown probably varies more than at specialty shows and the judges are usually not Labrador breeders.  You can probably find an all-breed show near you by logging on to

 2007–2008 LABRADOR RETRIEVER SPECIALTY SHOWS does not guarantee the accuracy of the information listed below although a reasonable attempt has been made to present it correctly.  It is compiled from several sources including, but not limited to, the AKC Events Calendar, regional club websites and Premium Lists, and Superintendent websites.  Sometimes there are conflicting dates in the information available and it is always best to contact the Show Secretary and/or Show Superintendent to determine actual dates and correct judges.  Even after double-checking, there can always be a last-minute change in the latter.


Friday, January 5, 2007 ~ Entries Close December 20, 2006

LRC of the Twin Cities

River Centre, 175 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102-1299 (map)

Onofrio Dog Shows, L.L.C., Superintendent


Saturday–Sunday, January 27–28, 2007 ~ Entries Close January 10, 2007 (2 Shows)

Costal South Carolina LRC (2 Shows, Supported Entry)

Charleston Kennel Club, Inc.

Exchange Park, Highway 78, Ladson, SC 29456 (map)

MB-F, Inc., Superintendent  


Sunday, January 28, 2008 ~ Entries Close January 10, 2007

The LRC of Hawaii

Thomas Square, King Street, 925 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814 (map)

Ms. Bobbie Steer, Show Secretary, 618 Paopua Loop, Kailua, HI 96734-3534


Saturday–Sunday, February 10–11, 2007 ~ Entries Close January 17, 2007 (2 Shows)

LRC if the Piedmont, Inc.

Piedmont KC Showplace, 13607 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC 28273 (map)

Ms. Libby Floweree, Show Secretary, 139 N. Union Street, Concord, NC 28025-4743


Saturday-Sunday, February 17-18, 2007 ~ Entries Close January 31, 2007 (2 Shows)

San Diego LRC, Inc.

Del Mar Horsepark, 14550 El Camino Real, Del Mar, CA 92014-4257 (map)

Ms. Sharon Licciardi, Show Secretary, 38513 12th Street East, Palmdale, CA 93550-3933


Saturday–Sunday, February 24–25, 2007 ~ Entries Close February 7, 2007 (2 Shows)

Greater Atlanta LRC, Inc.

Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004-1820 (map)

Bob Peters Dog Shows, Ltd., Superintendent


Saturday–Sunday , March 17–18, 2007 ~ Entries Close February 28, 2007

San Joaquin Valley LRC

Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 North Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380 (map)

Ms. Sharon Licciardi, Show Secretary, 38513 12th Street East, Palmdale, CA 93550-3933


Friday–Saturday, April 6–7, 2007 ~ Entries Close March 21, 2007 (2 Shows)

Dallas-Ft. Worth LRC, Inc.

Denton Fairgrounds, 500 W. University Drive at N. Carroll Boulevard, Denton, TX 76201 (map)

Bob Peters Dog Shows, Ltd., Superintendent


Wednesday–Friday, April 11–13, 2007 ~ Entries Close March 23, 2007

The LRC of the Potomac, Inc.

Holiday Inn Holidome & Conference Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD 21703-8329 (map)

MB-F, Inc., Superintendent


Saturday–Sunday, April 21–22, 2007 ~ Entries Close April 4, 2007 (2 Shows)

Hoosier LRC, Inc.

Bloomington Indiana KC, Inc.

Wabash Valley Fairgrounds, 3901 South U.S. 41, Terre Haute, IN 47802-4109 (map)

Roy Jones Dog Shows, Inc., Superintendent


Friday–Saturday, April 27–28, 2007 ~ Entries Close April 11, 2007 (2 Shows)

LRC of Southern California ~

Featherly Regional Park, 24001 Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92808-3605 (map)

Jack Bradshaw, Superintendent


Friday, May 11, 2007 ~ Entries Close April 25, 2007

The LRC of Albuquerque ~

Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Drive N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108-2812 (map)

Onofrio Dog Shows, L.L.C., Superintendent


South Florida LRC ~

South Florida Fairgrounds, Exposition Center, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33411-3625 (map)

MB-F, Inc., Superintendent


Friday–Saturday, May 11–12, 2007 ~ Entries Close April 18, 2007 (2 Shows)

Miami Valley LRC, Inc.

Camp Campbell Gard, Hughes Center, Hamilton, OH 45011-9601 (map)

Martha Crouch, Show Secretary, 4010 Idlewood Road, Burlington, KY 41005-8721


Friday–Saturday, May 11–12, 2007 ~ Entries Close April 25, 2007 (2 Shows)

The LRC of the Pioneer Valley

Westfield Fairgrounds, Russellville Road, Westfield, MA 01085 (map)

Jody Thomas, Show Secretary, P. O. Box 579, C/O Bob Peters Dog Shows, Ltd., Superintendent


Thursday - Friday, June 14-15 ~ (2 Shows)

LRC of Greater Boston

Middlesex Country 4-H Fairgrounds, South Chelmsford Street, Westford, MA (map)

Jim Rau Dog Shows, Ltd., Superintendent


Thursday–Friday, June 21–22 , 2007 ~ (2 Shows)

Greater Pittsburgh LRC (map)

Cooper's Lake Campground, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057-4527

Bob Peters Dog Shows, Ltd., Superintendent


Thursday, July 11, 2007 ~ Entries Close June 27, 2007

Rose City LRC ~

Champoeg State Heritage Arena, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul, OR 97137-9709 (map)

Gavin Show Services, Superintendent


Friday-Saturday, August 3-4, 2007 ~ Entries Close July 18, 2007

Puget Sound LR Association

Island County Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Avenue, Langley, WA 98260-0519 (map)

BaRay Event Services, Inc.


Friday & Monday, August 31 & September 3, 2007 ~ Entries Close August 15, 1007 (2 Shows)

Sierra Vista LRC

Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7412 (map)

Sharon Liccardi, Superintentent


Sunday, August 5, 2007 ~ Entries Close July 17, 2007

Northern Ohio LRC, Inc.

Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406-9406 (map)

MB-F, Inc., Superintendent


Friday-Saturday, September 7-8, 2007 ~ Entries Close August 22, 2007 (2 Shows)

Jersey Skylands LRC, Inc. (map)

North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807-7020


Thursday–Friday, September 20–21, 2007 ~ Entries Close September ?, 2007 (2 Shows)

Pawtucket River LRC

North Stonington Agricultural Fairgrounds, North Stonington, CT 06359 (map)


Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23, 2007 ~ Entries Close ???

Shawnee Mission LRC, Ltd.


Friday, September 28, 2007 ~ Entries Close ???

Huron River LRC, Inc.

Montomery County Fairgrounds, 3775 South Custer Road, Monroe, MI 48161-9716 (map)



Iroquois LRC, Inc.

Shawnee Mission LRC, Ltd.

Huron River LRC, Inc.


Saturday, October 26, 2007

Heart of Texas LRC

Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX 78724-3847 (map)



Spirit of St. Louis LRC, Inc.

Central Ohio LRC



Raleigh-Durham LRC


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