News Date: 11/03/2009
The world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition again will depend on Kentucky Department of Agriculture employees for a smooth 14-day run when the 36th edition of the North American International Livestock Exposition opens Nov. 7 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
“The North American brings millions of dollars and a tremendous amount of prestige to Kentucky every year,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture plays an important role in running the shows, protecting the animals from disease and making our visitors feel welcome. I’m proud to be a part of this outstanding event.”
Staff from the Office of the State Veterinarian visually inspect each animal and validate the accompanying veterinary documentation to ensure than animal health requirements are met. Employees of the Division of Show and Fair Promotion and other divisions work the livestock shows and judging contests. The KDA’s marketing office helps arrange rooms for staff, work the show offices, and set up Kentucky Proud vendors to sell their products at the exposition.
More than 22,000 livestock entries in 10 divisions are expected to compete for nearly $750,000 in premiums and awards at the North American. The event attracts more than 200,000 exhibitors and visitors to the Kentucky Exposition Center’s 1.2 million square feet of climate-controlled space each year.
The 31st annual North American Championship Rodeo will be held Nov. 12-14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in conjunction with the NAILE. The rodeo is the invitational finals for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Great Lakes Circuit. Contestants will compete for more than $80,000 in prizes and the title of Regional Champion.
For more information about the North American International Livestock Exposition and the North American Championship Rodeo, go to www.livestockexpo.org. (Contact: Bill Clary, (502) 564-1137)
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