The American Royal began its existence in 1899 as The National Hereford Show. Since that time, the American Royal Livestock Show has grown to become one of the largest livestock shows in the nation! The American Royal has developed a reputation as one of the most prestigious and toughest competitions and draws an audience of owners, breeders, future business and agriculture leaders, and animal enthusiasts from across the country. The Livestock Show is a national show that strives to impact the future of agriculture by providing educational experiences and scholarships.
In 2016, more than 1,770 exhibitors from 31 states made the trip to Kansas City for the Royal. Throughout the two week show, over 2,000 head of the nation’s highest quality cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats were exhibited at the American Royal Complex.