If you’re coming to Kansas City this year, you can’t miss the American Royal! This is an incredible livestock show, horse show, rodeo and barbecue competition that takes place each year in October and November.
The American Royal offers its visitors a complete experience with over 40 different activities to make sure that everyone has a memorable and unique time. The American Royal has more than 110 years of experience and it’s a Kansas City icon, so it can be a bit intimidating for first-timers. However, if you want to know and understand what Kansas City is all about, there’s no other event that defines the city’s spirit as well as the American Royal.
What’s more, the American Royal is the home of the biggest and most amazing barbecue competition you will ever see. The World Series of Barbecue this year will take place on Labor Day Weekend and I seriously recommend you take the trip to be a part of this incredible event. Barbecue lovers will especially enjoy this event! There are more than 600 teams competing and more than 50,000 people attend every year. It’s a full three-day event and you’ll be surrounded by the world’s best barbecue.
But it’s not all meat! Saturdays are dedicated to family fun so there will be a lot more activities for you and your family to enjoy. The Cerner Cowtown Family Funfest welcomes people of all ages and there will be activities for everyone and also BMX performances and live country music at the hand of Tyler Farr.
Livestock and horse shows are also part of the fun at American Royal. The livestock show that spreads over two full weekends allows you to see the animals up close and you’ll also learn a lot about their cares and needs. There will be goats, lambs, hogs, and cattle. There’s also the horse shows which are divided into five different areas of competition: arabian, quarter horse, saddle horse, cutting, and hunter/jumper.
How do you know what horse show to attend? Well, let’s see. The Arabian show is best if your knowledge about horses is limited but you still want to admire the biggest, best and finest horses. The Cutting events are best suited for people who are interested in knowing how horses are used today by working cowboys. If what you want is Olympic horse riding, don’t miss the Hunter/Jumper shows. Quarter horses are versatile so the events are varied to show the people what these animals can do. Saddle horses are graceful and very agile as well, so these shows are visually pleasant and they’re amazing exhibits you won’t want to miss.
If you’ve always wanted to witness some real Rodeo action, the American Royal Rodeo is exactly what you’re looking for. This event features some of the best cowboys in the world and the best rodeo clowns, so you’ll be able to witness great talent and ability.
Make sure to mark your calendar and don’t miss everything that American Royal has to offer. You’ll find them at 400 Speedway Boulevard in Kansas City and you can call them at (866) 460 7223 if you need any further information to plan your visit.