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American Royal Livestock Show at Hale Arena draws future leaders in agribusiness to KC

Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 08:52:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Forget going to market, or staying home, or having roast beef.

Little and not-so-little piggies are hanging out at the American Royal!

Without livestock, there would probably be no American Royal, at all.

The Royal got its start in 1899 as the National Hereford Show.

Now, exhibitors from 30-plus states arrive with their prized pigs, goats, lambs and the rest to make it one of the top three livestock shows in the nation.

It is also one of the most prestigious.

Early Friday morning, we caught up with a past champion from Isabel, Kansas, Sierra Cargill.

Sierra told us about the many hours of work and dedication it takes to be a champion at this level.

She also introduced us to Ruby, who is about 280 pounds of personality.

The CEO of the Royal, Lynn Parman, said the show draws owners, breeders, animal enthusiasts and, most importantly, future leaders in agribusiness.

There are a lot of great things about the American Royal but this particular event may make you squeal.