On Wednesday this week shows in Northern California, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin are closing, as well as those in Las Vegas and Concord, N.C., just a couple of hours from where I live, so there are lots of shows coming up the last weekend in March.

The Dog Iron Classic consists of back-to-back all-breed shows hosted by the Claremore KC of Oklahoma. They’ve got the usual things going on – specialties for five breeds on Friday, eye and heart clinics on the weekend and a B match on Saturday after BIS.

In addition, the 4 Corners Herding Association will offer demonstrations and herding instinct tests on Saturday and Sunday for any breed, no training required. This is just the kind of thing that the local community enjoys and that might get some of them involved. Claremore KC will also have a silent auction all day Saturday, which I’m sure will include great items.

The Silver State Kennel Club has an interesting offer of sorts in its premium list. It notes that a “large number of spectators” typically attend their shows, many of whom are looking for breeders. In order to make the catalog a good reference source, the club offers what it calls “breed vignettes,” a full-page ad in which one dog will represent each breed in the catalog. The club will provide a description of the breed, and added to that will be a photo of the advertiser’s dog with its name and the advertiser’s contact information. Each vignette will appear in the catalog before the entries for that breed. Of course, anyone can advertise in a show catalog and request that the ad be placed before the breed’s entries, but this club’s encouraging its exhibitors to provide the information for people in the local community is a great idea.

Silver State offers Best Puppy and Best Bred-by competition on the weekend, and the International Canine Semen Bank – Nevada will be on hand and offers 10 percent off its regular rates. Naturally, since the show is held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, some exhibitors may want to go out for a little entertainment or gambling in the evenings, and contact information is provided in the premium list for a dog sitter for Friday and Saturday nights. Now that’s what I call forethought!

I’ve mentioned before that there are just a handful of shows in Nebraska every year. The Scottsbluff Kennel Club makes the most of its show weekend with three all-breed shows, Friday through Sunday, March 29 through 31, held at the Scottsbluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell, Neb.

The club offers exhibitors free coffee and donuts every morning. The weekend includes obedience and rally trials, Best Veteran on Friday, Best Puppy on Saturday and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor on Sunday. There will be a B match on Friday after Best in Show, with cash prizes for Best Puppy, Best Adult and Best Junior Handler in Match!

The Speedway Classic of the Carolinas, which follows Raleigh’s Tar Heel circuit, always has a lot going on. Four all-breed shows, held at the spacious Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, will begin on Thursday, March 28, two hosted by the Columbia KC followed by the Greater Monroe KC and Salisbury N.C. Kennel Club shows. Obedience, rally and agility trials are included every day.

There will be concurrent specialties for Chihuahuas Friday and Saturday and for Dobermans and Japanese Chins on Saturday. The Japanese Chin Club of the Carolinas is offering ringside mentoring each day. Greater Monroe KC participates in the AKC Owner-Handler Series on Saturday. There will be Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition on Friday and Best Puppy on Sunday.

The Salisbury KC is sponsoring an all-breed B match on Friday after Best in Show, as well as eye, heart, BAER, patella and microchip clinics. The International Canine Semen Bank will be on hand for semen collection and freezing and DNA testing.

Many of these same “little extras” are being offered by the Chintimini Kennel Club at its two all-breed shows in Albany, Ore. Kudos to all these clubs for their hard work and expert planning!