In light of current developments that have affected many cities and events, the American Royal has chosen to cancel the Backyard BBQ & Steak contest scheduled for March 21, 2020.
The decision to cancel is to ensure the experience and personal expenses of our competitors, judges and partners is not affected if additional travel and event restrictions are made in the coming weeks from authorities. We value our attendees and believe the American Royal Experience begins prior to arriving at our venue(s). With the Backyard BBQ & Steak contest scheduled to take place in less than two weeks and the uncertainty of additional potential event restrictions, the decision to cancel was made in order for all parties involved to plan and erase speculation. The American Royal is committed to the health and safety of our participants and their event experience.