An American Royal tradition since 1903 we currently host four Livestock Judging Contests: Intercollegiate, Junior College, 4-H, and FFA. In addition, there are three Meat Judging Contests: Intercollegiate, Junior College, and the National 4-H Contest; as well as the Collegiate Crops Contest.
2013 Contest Schedule
Sunday, October 20
Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contests - Nebraska Beef - Omaha, NE
Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest Awards Dinner - Omaha, NE
Tuesday, October 22
National 4-H Meat Judging Contest - Manhattan, KS
Wednesday, October 23
National 4-H Meat Judging Contest Awards Breakfast - American Royal
Thursday, October 31
4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest - Hale Arena
4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest Awards Banquet - Hilton Garden Inn
Friday, November 1
Intercollegiate/Junior College Livestock Judging Contest - Hale Arena
Saturday, November 2
Intercollegiate/Junior College Livestock Judging Contest Awards Breakfast - Hilton Garden Inn
Tuesday, November 12
Collegiate Crops Contest
What is a Judging Contest?
Selected contestants compete, as a team and individually, to judge groups of appropriate classes. Each contestant then meets one-on-one with a judge who listens to the reasons for that contestant's placement. Scores are based on presentation as well as accuracy of placement. Contestants gain skill in decision-making, critical thinking, oral communication, and self-confidence in addition to advancing their knowledge of the field. Judging contests are not open to the public.