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American Royal


American Royal:

Kansas City's American Royal first began in 1899 in the West Bottoms Stockyards as a Hereford show and has grown to be one of the biggest livestock and horseshows in the United States. One of the longest running traditions in Kansas City, the American Royal is held from October through November and includes horse shows, livestock competitions, rodeos, concerts and of course, our World Famous BBQ competition (and infamous party!).

The American Royal kicks off in 2012 with it's 87th Annual parade on Saturday, September 29th. The parade begins at Pershing and Grand and ends at 14th and Main at the P&L.


The American Royal is held at Kemper Arena (1800 Genessee Kansas City, MO 64102) and the adjacent Hale Arena/Governor's Expo Center from September 6th-November 17th, 2012.

Kemper Arena:

  • Hunter and Jumper Horse Shows
  • PRCA Rodeo
  • Ranch Rodeo
  • Superbull

Hale Arena:

  • Youth Horse Show
  • Arabian Horse Show
  • Livestock Show
  • Quarter Horse Show

Governors Expo Building

  • ADM World of Agriculture
  • KCP&L Petting Zoo
  • Livestock Show

American Royal BBQ:

Kansas City is famous for its Q --but the American Royal BBQ contest is one of the biggest bbq competitons in the nation. Teams from around the globe fire up their grills every year to stake their claim and win the prize for best American Royal BBQ. Click here for the complete BBQ scoop

Horse Shows:

The American Royal is home to horse events throughout the entire event. From Arabian, Quarter, and Saddlehorse competitons and shows to Cutting, Jumping, and Hunting competitons--they truly are amazing to watch. Go to the American Royal's Websitefor complete schedule.


One of the most exciting events of the Royal are the rip riding rodeos!

  • Youth Rodeo, September 28th-30th.
  • Pro-Rodeo September 28th-30th.

Check the American Royal Websitefor the complete Rodeo Schedule and ticket information.


Also Appearing in 2012:
Dolewite, Sellout (10/5), Honkeytonk Renevators, The Farm and Lauren Alaina (10/6) and many more!

Not Just a Livestock Show! :

American Royal is a great event with so many different things going on. From BBQ's, bullriding, and BOTARS to livestock looking and the kick-off parade--the American Royal is truly one of KC's jewels.

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