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31st Annual North American International Livestock Exposition

31st Annual North American International Livestock Exposition Come to the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY, and you will find more than 100 livestock shows, a championship rodeo, commercial exhibitors, and much, much more.

The NAILE will be held November 6 through 19 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville. Known as the largest all-breed, purebred livestock show in the world, the NAILE features competition for dairy cattle, beef cattle, dairy goats, llamas and alpacas, draft horses, quarter horses, swine, sheep and boer goats.

The exposition also holds seven major youth contests, including the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and the National Collegiate Judging Contest.

The NAILE draws more than 20,000 livestock entries and approximately 225,000 visitors each year. In addition to the competitions, visitors to the exposition are treated to these special activities and features.

Country store. The Giant Country Store showcases the wares of more than 200 commercial vendors. Showgoers walking the aisles of this indoor market find a variety of Western clothing, jewelry, handcrafted furniture, pottery, and livestock trailers and equipment.

At the Art of Wool Showcase, members of the Friendship Spinners demonstrate, on spinning wheels and looms, how wool is spun and woven into fabric.

Rodeo. Rodeo lovers will experience the thrills of roping, steer wrestling, and bronc and bull riding competition at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association regional championship rodeo to be held November 11, 12 and 13.

Cowboys and cowgirls from the Great Lakes PRCA Circuit compete all season to qualify for participation in the Louisville finals. Winners will take home more than $80,000 in cash, then go on to compete in the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, ID.

Horse shows. The NAILE Quarter Horse Show consistently ranks as one of the top five American Quarter Horse Association shows in the nation. The show draws more than 5,200 entries in competition that includes reining, cutting, showmanship, hunter under saddle, pole bending, barrel racing, Western pleasure, calf and steer roping, and team roping. The NAILE’s popular Draft Horse Show features Belgian, Percheron, and Clydesdale breeds in halter and hitch classes.

High-flying dogs. On the weekend of November 13 and 14, the NAILE will once again host the U.S. Disc Dog National Championship, with four divisions of competition. In the toss and fetch classes, the player/dog team receives points for distance the disc is thrown, number of catches the dog makes, and whether the dog catches the disc while in the air or on the ground.

The freestyle classes are choreographed to music. Dog and owner are judged according to canine elements (such as athleticism and grip), player elements (such as release diversity), and team elements.

The events, held on the huge lawn outside the South Wing, will feature about 60 high-flying dogs of all shapes and sizes.

School tours. On a NAILE field trip, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau, students see a variety of animal breeds and learn about the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

They walk through the barns, show rings, and exhibits, and visit the baby animals in the WHAS Radio and Feeders Supply Children’s Barnyard. An interactive exhibit called Farmer for a Day teaches about a farmer’s daily tasks. Children can dress as a lamb, drive miniature tractors in a huge corn box, dig potatoes, dress a scarecrow, and rope “cattle” (horns on a hay bale).

Sale of Champions. During the Sale of Champions, the grand and reserve champions from the NAILE’s three junior market shows (Junior Steer, Junior Whether and Junior Market Hog) are sold at auction to the highest bidders. This year the sale takes place Thursday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. The auction is open to everyone.

Tickets. Admission to the NAILE is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 years old and under. Parking is $5 a day. A pass for all 13 days of the exposition is $20, and a parking pass for all 13 days is $25.

Tickets for the rodeo are $21 for Thursday night, $21 for Friday night and $26 for the Saturday night finals competition. Rodeo tickets are available through Ticketmaster ( or the Fairgrounds Box Office (800/231-8085).

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