KANSAS CITY, MO – Holy Cow! More than 4,000 head of livestock from 37 states will be in Kansas City for the American Royal Livestock Show Oct. 27 through Nov. 1 at the American Royal Complex.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see some of the finest cattle in the country, as exhibitors compete for prize money, national recognition and scholarships. The Livestock Show will culminate with the selections of the Grand Champion Steer on Saturday, Oct. 31, the Supreme Champion Junior Heifer, Sunday, Nov. 1; and the Junior Premium Livestock Auction on Sunday, Nov. 1. The 2008 Grand Champion Steer was auctioned off for $75,000.

“The Livestock Show is what made the American Royal famous,” said Jim McNair, American Royal President and CEO. “It is one of the roots of our city’s heritage, and we are proud to host it year after year. This is a great opportunity for visitors to come to the Royal and see and learn about these world-class breeds of animals, as well as everything else the American Royal has to offer.”

Admission to the American Royal Complex is $5. Once inside, visitors will be able to view the Livestock Show, the stalls and the shopping expo.

The American Royal Livestock Show will have 14 breeds of cattle, 12 breeds of hogs, and eight breeds of lambs and meat goats taking part in the competition.

As part of the Livestock Show, exhibitors will show the judges and the public the quality of animals that come to the American Royal.

Exhibitions include Angus, Braunvieh, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Polled Hereford, Limousin, Lowline, Maine-Anjou, Salers, Shorthorn, Simmental, Prospect Steer, and Fancy Heifer.

The show also will feature junior exhibitions, including Angus Junior Heifer, AOB/Commercial Junior Heifer, Charolais Junior Heifer, Hereford Junior Heifer, Limousin Junior Heifer, Maine-Anjou Junior Heifer, Shorthorn Junior Heifer, Simmental Junior Heifer, Market Steer, Lamb, Hog and Goat Shows.

The livestock show is a significant part of the American Royal season, with youth involvement as a key component. The young exhibitors compete for prize money, national recognition, and scholarships. Show animals are ultimately used for seed stock in agricultural production.

Visitors to the Livestock Show also can enjoy…
Championship Bull Riding. The Toyota Tuff Hedeman CBR Tour Finale presented by American Royal will be held in Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO October 30 (7:30 pm) and November 1, 2009 (2:00 pm). The 2009 CBR World Champion will be crowned at this season Finale. CBR’s top 40 riders in the world are invited to the 2009 Tour Finale to compete for a total purse over $300,000 with the CBR Cup Bonus $100,000 being awarded to the 2009 CBR World Champion.

About The American Royal
The American Royal is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that benefits youth and education. Now in its 110th year, the American Royal celebrates our region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. In 2008, the organization contributed more than $1.5 million in financial support in the form of scholarships, educational awards, educational programs, community donations, competitive awards and prize monies and premiums. The American Royal, one of Kansas City’s premier events with annual economic impact of more than $65 million, hosts the world’s largest barbecue contest, one of the Midwest’s largest livestock exhibitions, one of the top five ranked rodeos in the nation and the UPHA national championship horse competition.