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 most prestigious livestock shows in the nation! The American Royal has developed a reputation as one of the 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 2020, over 2,768 exhibitors entered the American Royal Livestock Show from 40 states and Canada. In 2019, over 1,700 exhibitors from 38 states made the trip to Kansas City for the Royal. Throughout the two-week show, over 3,500 head of the nation’s highest quality cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats were exhibited at the American Royal Complex.