Become a Volunteer

Each year hundreds of individuals donate their time and talents to further the Royal's purpose of providing opportunities for agricultural competitive learning, educational experiences and scholarships that inspire and cultivate dreams. Whether helping with the setup of the World Series of Barbecue® awards ceremony or the livestock exhibitor's social, operating a tack taxi or handing out ribbons during the horse shows, volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.


Date is currently TBD. The American Royal is inviting our amazing volunteers to join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation event.
STAY TUNED - More details will be coming soon.


Annually, the American Royal holds Volunteer Training to prepare our volunteers for their roles. The 2020 Season Volunteer Training will take place in late summer. Attendees will learn about 2020 events and the Disney event experience used by the American Royal. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Volunteer Handbook
Volunteer Roles by Area


Every volunteer receives an authentic American Royal Pin when they volunteer with us. We encourage everyone to wear their pin on their left, over their heart, to symbolize their love for the American Royal.

Volunteers who work at least 1, four hour shift at a ticketed event, receive free admittance for the rest of that event!

Individuals who each contribute 200 hours – or more – to the American Royal each year are considered our Top Volunteers. These outstanding individuals usually serve in virtually every capacity during the American Royal season – working on committees, helping with the BBQ, livestock shows, equine events and even in the off-season for various events. They do it all! 200 hours-plus is an amazing amount of time for an individual to dedicate to the American Royal and our mission. In recognition of their outstanding service to the American Royal, each volunteer who contributes 200 hours or more will receive an Honorary Governorship to the American Royal the following season.


Volunteer opportunities are available for Education Programs, Horse Shows, Livestock Shows, Rodeo, Royal social events, and the World Series of Barbecue®. Join other enthusiastic volunteers who help the American Royal impact the future of agriculture.

Opportunities are listed by event below or CLICK HERE to view iVolunteer in a new window.

Background Screening

In 2016, the American Royal began performing background screenings on all youth event volunteers (see announcement PDF below). Our organization has experienced tremendous growth and success over the years, and with growth comes recognition and risk. We must take precautions to ensure that we continue to be successful in our endeavors without jeopardizing our ability to achieve our mission, “to impact the future of agriculture through competitive learning, scholarships, education and agriculture events.” Thus, it is our responsibility to know more about our volunteers.

Currently, all volunteers for our youth events are required to undergo a screening process prior to being confirmed for time slots. In time, all volunteers will be screened.

How to complete your background check:

Please click on the link below to download the release form, complete, print, sign, scan, and send via email to Jessica Wright, Development & Volunteer Engagement Manager, at [email protected]. You may also obtain release forms from the American Royal Office.

If you are unable to email your release form, please feel free to drop it off at the American Royal Office.

If you prefer, you may submit your form directly to True Hire, the American Royal background check vendor. Ensure “American Royal Association” is on the top of the form, then fax the form to 800-262-6720.

You will be notified of your results via email, including time slot confirmation if you've been cleared. You may wish to wait to sign up for a time slot until your screening has been cleared.

[Fill out the Release Form below]


We want to address any of your questions and concerns. Most inquiries can be answered by our Background Check FAQ below.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Wright, Development & Volunteer Engagement Manager, at 816-569-4030 or [email protected]

Background Screening Policy
Background Screening Announcement

Background Release Form
Background Screening FAQ