This year marks the 35th annual American Royal and that includes the highly-anticipated World Series of Barbeque– a real KC tradition. The smoke can be seen and smelled for miles and the music and BBQ cannot be beat! It’s family fun and then it turns into big-time grown-up fun…so run the kids home on Friday night and head back! The party is on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 and the actual KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest is Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
Or, get a sitter and enjoy the night out; this thing is hopping until the wee hours of the morning! Just make sure you have lots of shampoo on hand for the morning after…that smoky BBQ smell stays with you (and on you!) for days!! If you’ve never been, go. Nothing says Kansas City like acres and acres of all things BBQ. And music. And more food!
For the uninitiated, the purpose of the American Royal is “…to provide scholarship, education, awards and competitive learning experiences that reward hard work, leadership skills and agrarian values.” The BBQ is just one of the many events which many locals look forward to each and every year.
In addition to the popular BBQ (billed as the “World Series of Barbeque”), events yet to come include the 65th BOTAR ball (Oct. 18, 2014), lots of horse shows, bull riding, livestock contests and even a youth horse show! You might want to check out this handy printable Schedule of Events. You might want to consider attending the Youth & Open Horse Show, next weekend at Hale Arena.
Nothing welcomes fall to KC quite like the American Royal. It brings visitors from all over the country to our city, and schools from all over board busses for their annual pilgrimage to the Royal. ENJOY!
*american royal photo courtesy of guaranteed cowgirl