Livestock History

The American Royal is the nation’s highest caliber livestock show providing a premier experience for exhibitors. Rooted in our legacy, which began in 1899, we are committed to providing a platform for competition, scholarships, and education. A Kansas City tradition, the American Royal is focused on creating an environment where all feel welcomed, where agriculture is elevated, and champions are crowned.

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.